Thursday, March 09, 2006

Kirby Puckett died

Baseball Hall of famer Kirby Puckett, who led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles, died on Monday of complications from a stroke. He was one of the most beloved players in baseball history. Puckett, who was 44, underwent neurosurgery on Sunday march 5, after suffering a stroke at his home in Arizona and died on the hospital in Monday afternoon. His impact on the Twins organization, state of Minnesota and upper Midwest is significant and goes well beyond his role in helping the Twins win two World Championships. Puckett retired with two World Series rings and thanks partly to his warm, infectious personality and he was a first ballot hall of famer. He was tremendous teammates and will always be remembered for his never-ending hustle, infectious personalities, trademark smile and commitment. "I was told I would never make it because I'm too short," Puckett said at his 1996 retirement press conference. "Well, I'm still too short, but I've got 10 All-Star games, two World Series championships, and I'm a very happy and contented guy. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart. This was man with big heart and he could light up the world with his smile. Baseball will miss Kirby Puckett, he was one of the greatest and one of the most lovable athlete kind hearted baseball player.

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