Kirby Puckett Celebrity Life
Kirby Puckett, born on 14th of March, 1961 in Chicago Ilinois, was a baseball player in the MLB (Major League Baseball), United States. He played his entire professional career for the Minnesota Twins with whom he won two World Series titles. He is considered the most popular player in the history of this club. He played for the club from 1984 to 1995 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
The years prior to his entry to the majors (1982 and 1983), Puckett was chosen as a rookie of the year in the minor leagues. In his professional debut, in his very first game, he recorded four hits and, at the end of the season, he was selected as the rookie of the year. In the year 1985, he hit .288 and got fourth ranking in hits, 3rd in triples, 2nd in plate appearances, & 1st in at-bats.
Puckett, a bulky body player, obtained his first Golden Glove in 1986. In total, he won this award six times (1986–1989, 1991 and 1992). Next season, he came with his team to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, won in seven games with excellent performance on the offensive of .357.
But it was in 1988 that he had his best numbers at-bat with a .356 average, 234 hits, and 121 RBIs. However, it was in 1989 that he won his first batting title for the American League (.339). The second club championship came in 1991 when the TwinsThey faced the Atlanta Braves. With his team losing the 2-3 series, Pucket had a brilliant sixth game that helped those in Minnesota tie the victories.
Last Years in the Elderly and Death
Puckett did as well on the offensive in the following years. In the shortened 1994 season, due to the strike by players, he got a .312 on offense and 112 RBIs. In 1995, his last season, he reached .314. In the period from 1986 to 1995, he was the player with the most hits in the league (1940). As for his defensive numbers, he had an unbeatable fielding percentage of .989.
Invited 10 times to the All-star game, Puckett was named the best player of the match for this mid-season classic in 1993.
In March 1996, he developed glaucoma in the right eye and was never able to return to the Major Leagues. As glaucoma in his eyes worsened, his vision increasingly blurred, which prevented him from continuing in baseball. He underwent 3 surgeries but his vision could not be restored and he had to announce his retirement in the month of July.
- Batting champion of the American League with the best batting average (339) in the season 1989 of the Major League Baseball
- American League leader 4 times for hits (1987-1989, 1992)
- Major baseball leader 3 times for hits (1988, 1989, 1992)
- American League leader for RBI with 112 during the 1994 season.
- Member of the All-Star Team ten times (1986-1995)
- Best Player of the All-Star Game in 1993
- Winner of the Golden Glove six times (1986-1989, 1991, 1992)
- Winner of a Silver Rod six times (1986-1989, 1992, 1994)
- Winner of the 1987 and 1991 World Series with the Minnesota Twins
- MVP of the 1991 American League Championship Series
- Career average of .318
- Roberto Clemente Prize recipient in 1996
- Uniform number 34 withdrawn by the Minnesota Twins May 25, 1997
- Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001