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Baseball Loses Kirby Puckett
March 6, 2006, 10:56 pm
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Kirby Puckett will be remembered forever for his leadership and infectious smile.
Kirby Puckett passed away today (March 6, 2006) as a result of stroke he suffered yesterday in Arizona at the young age of 45 years old. I followed Kirby throughout his career. Kirby was many times the shortest player on the field at only 5′ 8″ but was a testament for hard work and determination. The simple addition of a leg-lift trigger to his batting stance helped to transfer his weight adding pop to his swing which ultimately launched Puck to stardom. I looked up to Kirby Puckett and even played a few games on the field at Triton College in Illinois where he played college baseball.

Minnesota adored and he did not let them down. Kirby captivated baseball in 1987 and 1991 as he took over several playoff games to lead his small market team to two World Series championships. I am not even going to dissect his stats – they are superb. Kirby was a first ballot Hall of Famer and I am saddened to hear of Kirby’s death today. The world will miss Kirby Puckett’s leadership and infectious smile.

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With the untimely death of Kirby Puckett last night, the blogosphere remembers the Twins centerfielder. Jay Jaffe is saddened by the good and the bad of Puckett’s life. Larry Mahnken notes that Kirby coined the nickname “Donnie Baseball.” Baseball F…

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It’s sad of Kirby’s passing and he created a lot of wonderful memories and help gave us 2 world series. I saw on the news yesterday a cool painting of Kirby is being made, I also saw the painting, its pretty big, its like he is realy there. It was sure great to watch him play always so excited and giving 100%, thanks Kirby for the memories.
Life Size Painting of Kirby Puckett

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