Kirby Puckett Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 14, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: March 6, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona
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Full name Kirby Puckett
Born March 14, 1960, Chicago, Illinois
Died March 6, 2006, Phoenix, Arizona
First Game: May 8, 1984; Final Game: September 28, 1995
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 8" Weight: 178

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 2001
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1993)
Named AL League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (1991)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1986 to 1989, 1992 and 1994)
Won AL Gold Glove as outfielder (1986 to 1989 and 1991 to 1992)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1986 to 1989, 1992 and 1994)

This article was written by Stew Thornley and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
On his way to the big leagues, he outshined his teammates every step of the way. Once in the majors, he quickly established himself as one of the legends in Minnesota Twins' history, taking his place with stars like Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. His image as a player and a person was sterling throughout his career, although his reputation became tarnished by allegations of abusive behavior after his playing days, which ended prematurely because of an eye disease.

Kirby Puckett was made for baseball, and, it seems, baseball was made for him. It was baseball that Puckett clung to as he beat the lure of crime and drugs in the projects of South Chicago, where he had grown up, the youngest of nine children of Catherine and William Puckett.

Puckett was born March 14, 1960. However, throughout his playing career, his birth year was listed as 1961, making it appear that Puckett was a year younger than he really was. Often playing with kids several years older, Puckett learned his craft in makeshift ball games on the asphalt and hard dirt fields that surrounded the housing project. He didn't play a baseball game on a grass diamond until he was a teenager, two years after the Puckett family had moved out of the projects.

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