Kirby Puckett was arguably the most beloved player in Minnesota Twins team history. He debuted in 1984 and for 12 seasons was one of the premier players in the American League. He was an outstanding defensive centerfielder winning 6 Gold Gloves, and was a 10 time AL All-Star. During his career he totaled 207 home runs and 2304 hits. He led the AL in hits 4 times, posted a .318 lifetime batting average, won 5 Silver Slugger Awards, and was the AL Batting Champion in 1989.
“Puck” was a team leader for the Twins and a major contributor to Minnesota championships in 1987 & 1991. He also holds the Twins record for career hits. The team retired his #34 in 1997, and erected a statue in his honor outside of Target Field in 2010. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 2001.
May 3, 2015