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By TIM BROWN and TIM BROWN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 7, 2006
Kirby Puckett, a Hall of Fame outfielder who won two World Series in a 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins, died yesterday, a day after suffering a stroke at his Arizona home. He was 45. Puckett was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., after undergoing surgery Sunday at a nearby hospital. He was given last rites and died in the afternoon. Puckett will be honored with a moment of silence before today's World Baseball Classic game in Phoenix between the United States and Mexico.
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August 19, 2010
Buck's joy stands out Keith Groller Morning Call Jack Buck's most nationally known call, was, of course, his "I don't believe what I just saw" gem after Kirk Gibson's one-legged blast in the 1988 World Series. But for Cardinals fans such as me, the more popular one is the sheer joy Buck expressed in the 1985 NLCS when Ozzie Smith hit a game-ending home run for a Game 5 win. Smith had not hit a home run as a left-handed hitter in his major league career, so this one was a stunner.
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February 21, 1993
The Padres' Gary Sheffield made a run at the Triple Crown last year. Upper Deck adds nine other players with the potential to be Triple Crown winners, including the Orioles' Cal Ripken, and calls it a Triple Crown Contenders insert set. (Kirby Puckett is shown.) Look for cards numbered TC1 through TC10 in Series I foil packs.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 8, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --In the moments after hearing that Kirby Puckett had died of a stroke at just 45 years of age, it dawned on me that I had been there at the beginning ... the day he waddled into the American sports consciousness. I say that with no disrespect, because Puckett was something to see, even back on May 8, 1984, the night he tied a major league record with four hits in his first big league game. The reason I remember it so clearly is because he was so clearly special.
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October 28, 1991
Fay Vincent, enjoying his third World Series as commissioner after the first two were tarnished by an earthquake and a blowout, said he's delighted particularly in the play and presence of Kirby Puckett.He's impossible not to like, Vincent said."He's just not the normal-looking 6-foot-3-inch Greek god," Vincent said. "He doesn't look like somebody that can make that play [Saturday night's leaping catch] in center field. And I think we all sort of identify with somebody who's imperfectly designed."
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November 18, 1991
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken should win the AL MVP award when tomorrow's vote is announced, according to those who responded to Friday's "It's Your Call" question.Of the 648 who responded, Ripken garnered a whopping 79 percent of the vote, while Minnesota's Kirby Puckett (9 percent), Detroit's Cecil Fielder (7 percent) and Toronto's Joe Carter (5 percent) were hardly noticed."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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June 6, 1995
The leaders by position in voting for the 1995 American League All-Star team:Pos. Player ........ Team ....... Votes1B Will Clark ...... Texas ...... 7,3132B Roberto Alomar .. Toronto .... 7,9743B Wade Boggs ...... New York ... 8,698SS Cal Ripken ...... Orioles ... 12,155OF Ken Griffey ..... Seattle ... 14,317.. Kirby Puckett ... Minnesota .. 8,698.. Albert Belle .... Cleveland .. 5,893C Ivan Rodriguez ... Texas ...... 6,774Note: Fans can vote on-line for All-Star starters through June 26 on ABC Online, which is available on America Online.
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April 6, 1994
The highest-paid players by position in the majors this season (salaries in millions, rounded to nearest $100,000):P ... ... ... Player, team ... ... ... ... SalaryP ... ... ... Jack McDowell, ChiW .. .. .. $5.3C ... ... ... Benito Santiago, Fla. ... .. $3.81B .. ... ... Rafael Palmeiro, O's ... ... $5.52B .. ... ... Ryne Sandberg, ChiC .. .. .. $6.3SS .. ... ... Cal Ripken, O's ... .. .. .. $5.73B .. ... ... Bobby Bonilla, NYM ... .. .. $6.3OF .. ......
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November 22, 1991
What: The Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91 baseball autograph and memorabilia show with more than 300 dealer tables. There is a silent auction both days.Place: Festival HallDate: Tomorrow and SundayTime: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each dayAdmission: $3 per person each day. First 5,000 people each day get giveaway bag. Next 3,500 each day get giveaway item.Autograph fees: Cal Ripken Jr., $9; Jim Palmer, $10; all otherplayers, $8.Proceeds: All proceeds benefit the Ripken Learning Center, a facility in Baltimore that teaches adults to read.
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March 13, 1991
The baseball players with the highest 1991 and 1990 salaries at each position. Salaries were obtained by the Associated Press from player and management sources and include pro-rated shares of signing bonuses. The 1990 salaries do not include earned incentive bonuses:'1991 MOST EXPENSIVE TEAM P--Mark Davis, KC $3,625,000 C--Lance Parrish, Cal $2,416,667 1B--Will Clark, SF $3,750,000 2B--Paul Molitor, Mil $3,233,333 SS--Cal Ripken Jr., Bal $2,333,333 3B--Kelly Gruber, Tor $3,033,333 OF--D.
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By TIM BROWN and TIM BROWN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 7, 2006
Kirby Puckett, a Hall of Fame outfielder who won two World Series in a 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins, died yesterday, a day after suffering a stroke at his Arizona home. He was 45. Puckett was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., after undergoing surgery Sunday at a nearby hospital. He was given last rites and died in the afternoon. Puckett will be honored with a moment of silence before today's World Baseball Classic game in Phoenix between the United States and Mexico.
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March 7, 2006
MARYLAND Sexual allegations against Mids The number of sexual assault allegations lodged by midshipmen at the Naval Academy has risen sharply over the past four years, and only two have resulted in courts-martial and convictions, an internal compilation by the military college shows. Forty-five sexual assaults were alleged. pg 1a WORLD Musharraf defends actions In comments aimed at Afghanistan's leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan, said that the bad-mouthing of his country must stop, and that Pakistani officials have caught terrorists and will continue to do so. pg 9a NATIONAL Military campus access gets OK The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the military has a right to recruit on college campuses and at law schools nationwide, despite the Pentagon's policy of excluding openly gay men and women from its ranks.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
Minnesota Twins great Kirby Puckett exemplifies everything the Baseball Hall of Fame is supposed to be about, but it's still a little sad that he had to get there so soon. Puckett, who will be inducted today along with Dave Winfield, Bill Mazeroski and Negro League star Hilton Smith, should have been joining Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn on their feel-good farewell tour this year. If not for the glaucoma that blinded him in one eye, there would have been no debate about Puckett's eventual arrival in Cooperstown.
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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.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | August 12, 1998
Dr. Bert M. Glaser, a high-profile retina surgeon, is involved in a messy split-up with Pioneer Eye Care, a company he founded.In a court filing, Pioneer charges that Glaser "squandered" company assets. Glaser says Pioneer failed to fulfill its responsibilities to him and his medical practice.Large sums of money are involved. Pioneer says it paid Glaser more than $5 million last year for his practice, for consulting fees and for serving as chairman of Pioneer.Despite the charges and countercharges, both sides say Glaser left Pioneer voluntarily June 29. They disagree, however, on whether Glaser may continue to practice in the Baltimore area.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
Leave it to Kirby Puckett, formerly one of baseball's most unselfish players, to turn his own vision loss into a potential gain for others.Puckett will be appearing at various locations throughout the Baltimore area today, including Camden Yards, on behalf of the "Don't Be Blindsided" program to educate the public on the importance of regular glaucoma screenings. It's a subject Puckett holds near to his heart, bringing the same passion that helped define his 12 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
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By Andy Knobel | June 25, 1995
This week, Indians designated hitter Eddie Murray probably will become the 20th member of baseball's 3,000-hit club, joining teammate Dave Winfield as the only active players in that fraternity. Other major-leaguers near 3,000, and how likely it is that they'll make contact with the milestone:Players .......... ....... CommentsAndre Dawson -- DOWN -- Dawson, 40, has 2,715 hits. Closest numerically but has no chance. Is bit player with .195 average.Wade Boggs -- WHO KNOWS -- Boggs, 37, has 2,436.
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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.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN STAFF COLUMNIST | July 14, 1996
The average major-leaguer holds Cal Ripken in special esteem, viewing him as an awesome, almost indestructible, figure.Ripken reserves the same admiration for one player.Kirby Puckett."This sounds kind of weird in my situation -- I've been given the compliment of being the Iron Man, and being in some ways invincible as far as being able to play every day," Ripken said."He symbolizes to me what it is to be invincible, as a ballplayer and a person. Seeing him go through what he did, being asked to retire, it really hits home."
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By Jamison Hensley | July 21, 1995
TERRY CLARKCareer recordSigned with the Orioles as a free agent on May 16. Began his professional career in 1979. Has played for seven organizations. Appeared in only 20 major-league games before this season. Had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in 1993.Personal recordMarried to Lorraine Clark and has an 8-year-old son, Matthew. Turns 35 on Oct. 10. Attended Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College.Favorite foodMexican; Green chili chicken enchiladasFavorite television showSeinfeldFavorite movies"A River Runs through It" and "Field of Dreams"Favorite musicCountry; Garth Brooks and Alan JacksonBiggest superstition"I never step on the line going out. It's something I've always done, so I just don't do it."
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