25 Years Ago Today – Kirby Puckett Hit World Series Game 6 Winning Home Run [WATCH]
Do you remember clapping and cheering with excitement as John Gordon yelled 'touch 'em all Kirby Puckett, touch 'em all'? This game winning home run happened 25-years ago today.
I remember that home run very well as I watched the Minnesota Twins play in the World Series against Atlanta Braves, in a series that went all 7 nail biting games.
There was something about that year that made you just know they were going to the World Series, and most of the country knew it too. The Twins had an amazing team and quite a record when they played at home in the Metrodome.
We had big names on our great team, including Chuck Knoblauch, Al Newman, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris, Kent Hrbek, and of course Kirby Puckett to name a few. Many of these guys were also with the Twins in the 1987 World Series the Twins won.
Kirby Puckett played his entire 12-year career as a Minnesota Twin's center fielder. According to Wikipedia, Puckett is the Twins' all-time leader in career hits, runs, doubles, and total bases. At the time of his retirement, his .318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter since Joe DiMaggio.
In 1995 Puckett lost his vision in his right eye due to a retinal disease and was forced to retire at the age of 35. He died 11 years later on March 6th, 2006 of a massive hemorrhagic stroke.
Kirby Puckett will always be the most well-known name with the Minnesota Twins, and the memories he left us will never be forgotten.