Kirby Puckett

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The youngest of nine children, Kirby Puckett grew up on Chicago's South Side, where he honed his baseball skills in the shadows of the high-rise projects. Considered too short by some Major League Baseball scouts, Puckett overcame his diminutive stature by developing his skills at the plate. The center fielder made his MLB debut in 1984 and spent his entire 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins. A 10-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner, Puckett led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. ...
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The youngest of nine children, Kirby Puckett grew up on Chicago's South Side, where he honed his baseball skills in the shadows of the high-rise projects. Considered too short by some Major League Baseball scouts, Puckett overcame his diminutive stature by developing his skills at the plate. The center fielder made his MLB debut in 1984 and spent his entire 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins. A 10-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner, Puckett led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. Sadly, shortly before the 1996 season, Puckett was forced to retire from the game he loved when glaucoma caused irreversible retina damage to his right eye. Despite his relatively short career, Puckett proved to be one of the best hitters of all time. His .318 career batting average was the highest for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio's .325 career average. In 2001, Puckett was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming just the sixth player to be inducted before reaching the age of 41.
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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
This comprehensive biography effectively tells how Kirby Puckett overcame various obstacles to become a major league baseball player. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1960, Puckett improvised baseball equipment and rules for games at that city's Robert Taylor Homes until his family moved when he was twelve. A third baseman at Calumet High School, Puckett also played for the semipro Askew Pirates. Despite being 5 feet 8inches, scouts dismissed him for being short. He worked at a Chicago automobile factory before joining Bradley University's baseball team in Peoria, Illinois. While playing in a summer league, Puckett attracted a scout's attention, resulting in the Minnesota Twins selecting Puckett as its first pick in the January 1982 draft. Excelling in minor league games, Puckett advanced to major league play in May 1984. He earned numerous awards during twelve seasons and helped the Twins win two World Series. Sidelined by a September 1995 game injury, Puckett recovered for spring training, only to discover he had glaucoma and retired in 1996. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Puckett in 2001. This biography mentions some controversial aspects of Puckett's life but emphasizes his attributes and describes how teammates and fans memorialized Puckett after his March 2006 death. Statistics, chronology, bibliography, photographs, and sidebars complement the text. No citations are provided for quotations embedded in the text. Part of "Baseball Superstars" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791094976
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Baseball Superstars Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


The Catch     1
Hope Is Born     7
Honing His Game     20
Scorching the Minors     31
Rookie Impact     43
From Singles to Homers     55
The Road to Number One     65
Another World Series     81
After the Lights Go Out     98
Statistics     109
Chronology and Timeline     110
Glossary     113
Bibliography     115
Further Reading     116
Index     118
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