Hall of Fame capsules

January 17, 2001

Kirby Puckett

Born: March 14, 1960, Chicago

Height, weight: 5 feet 8, 210

Batted, threw: Right

Career: The center fielder batted .318 over his 12-year career and led the Twins to two unlikely world championships. The youngest of nine children, Puckett grew up in the housing projects of Chicago's South Side. The Twins made Puckett the third pick of the January 1982 draft, and after batting .472 with 16 homers in his final season at Triton College, he signed a minor-league contract. Puckett was called up to the majors on May 8, 1984, and he tied a major-league record with four hits in his first major-league game. He won six Gold Glove Awards. On Sept. 28, 1995, Puckett was hit in the face by a Dennis Martinez fastball, leaving him bloodied with a shattered jaw. The injury marked the end of both his season and, as it turned out, his career. Since 1996, Puckett has served as executive vice president of baseball for the Twins, and in 1997, the team retired his No. 34.

Dave Winfield

Born: Oct. 3, 1951, St. Paul, Minn.

Height, weight: 6 feet 6, 220

Batted, threw: Right

Career: During a 22-year major-league career, Winfield established himself as one of the finest all-around athletes to play the game. Winfield was selected by the Orioles in the 1969 amateur draft, but chose to attend the University of Minnesota on a baseball scholarship. The Padres selected him with the fourth overall pick in the June amateur draft. On June 19, 1973, just two weeks after being drafted, he made the jump from amateur baseball to the major leagues. In 1980, Winfield opted for free agency, signing a 10-year, $23 million contract with the Yankees. He became the first Yankee to drive in 100 or more runs in five consecutive seasons (1982-1986) since Joe DiMaggio. After the 1992 championship season with the Blue Jays, Winfield signed with the Twins, and on Sept. 16, 1993, joined the 3,000 hit club.- Baseball Hall of Fame Hall of Fame voting

515 votes cast; 387 needed; x-elected

x-Dave Winfield 435 Bert Blyleven 121

x-Kirby Puckett 423 Jack Morris 101

Gary Carter 334 Dale Murphy 93

Jim Rice 298 Dave Parker 84

Bruce Sutter 245 Dave Concepcion 74

Goose Gossage 228 Luis Tiant 63

Steve Garvey 176 Keith Hernandez 41

Tommy John 146 Dave Stewart 38

Don Mattingly 145 Ron Guidry 27

Jim Kaat 139

Dropped from future consideration for failing to receive at least 5 percent or 26 votes:

Lou Whitaker 15 Ron Darling 1

Kirk Gibson 13 Jim Deshaies 1

Lance Parrish 9 John Kruk 1

Tom Henke 6 Jose Rijo 1

Dave Righetti 2 Howard Johnson 0

Steve Bedrosian 1 Andy Van Slyke 0

Tom Browning 1

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