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March 07, 2006



And Dana Reeve now, too. Both 44 years old.

So incredibly surprising and sad.


Kirby was actually 45. He was born Mar 14,1960. The Twins had his year of birth wrong all these years and he just never corrected them.

Other Tom

Hate to say it, but as a human being this guy was seriously, cruelly flawed.


I enjoyed watching him play. He seemed to live life to the fullest.


other tom,

We are all flawed. Puckett will have an entire industry plus and entire State mourning him. What about us?

He touched COUNTLESS people in his life. What about us?

Yes, he was human! Just like us!

Watch this video it is called: In the Know: Kirby Puckett

He touched MANY lives.

Other Tom

Well, there are flaws, and then there are flaws. His particular flaw was repeated abuse of women, which was thoroughly documented by Sports Illustrated, among others. My people tend to think of the physical abuse of women as right up there with having sex with animals, and talent in baseball doesn't change that.



You seem to have forgotten SI documented hat he was also acquitted in a court of law.

read SI article titled:

Puckett acquitted of all charges


or isn't that good enough documentation?


Yeah SI seems to have a habit of hitting people when they're down. They must really have it in for Kirby what with today's story.


One of the subplots of Tom Wolfe's book "A Man In Full" is about the amazing distances that some of these athletes cover in a very short period of time. Puckett went from grinding poverty to incredible wealth and fame in a decade and, just as suddenly, lost his vision (and, in a larger sense his life focus) in an even shorter period of time. It is amazing how the performance of one man (on a great team) in two World Series united a small city in joy and cameraderie. His difficult personal life broke a lot of hearts in the Twin Cities (probably his included) but people here remember the good times.


He is the last of a breed of legitimate superstars who stayed with the hometown small market team and led them to a WS championship.

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