Hall of Fame outfielder Kirby Puckett died Monday afternoon following a stroke in his Arizona home this past Sunday. Puckett, who’s face is synonymous with the Minnesota Twins franchise shared a special history with our city. It was during the 1991 American League Championship Series that Puckett showed Toronto just how good he actually was. Homering in games 4 and 5 at the Skydome, the Twins easily beat the Jays to advance to and win their second World Series in five years. Puckett finished that ALCS with a .429 batting average and was the series MVP.
Loved as much off the field as he was on, it’s hard to find a negative word spoken about the 10-time all-star (minus a few exceptions). Sadly, it was in 1995 that glaucoma tore him away from the game that he loved. Even more sad, yesterday’s passing has tore him away from the world that loved him.