Kirby Puckett 1960-2006

Monday, March 06 2006 @ 09:04 PM EST

Contributed by: Mike Green

Kirby Puckett passed away today after suffering a stroke yesterday. We remember Kirby the ballplayer with affection, emerging from nowhere to be a leader of the World Series champion Twin clubs of 1987 and 1991, and always with a smile on his face. Teammmates would rub his head for luck.

We do not forget the glaucoma which prematurely ended his career, and his unhappy life after baseball. Today, and into the season I'm sure, those of us old enough to remember will recall Puckett at the plate and in centerfield. Our condolences to his family.

Thanks to smcs for passing on this sad news.