Hall of Famer Puckett, 45, dies of stroke
Widely popular player led Twins to World Series titles in 1987, 1991
Murdoc grew up in Minnesota, and for years a Hrbie-Kirby poster adorned the wall of my room. I think I still have it somewhere.
Of all the great moments in Puckett’s career, I’ve got to say that Game 6 of the 1991 World Series is the greatest. After making an astounding leaping catch earlier in the game to rob a sure extra-base run-scoring hit from Ron Gant, Puckett won the game with a lead-off walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th. It was the stuff of legends.
Thanks for the memories, Puck.
UPDATE: Baseball Crank notes that the baseball player Puckett (as percieved by his fans) was a seemingly far-different man than the person Puckett. As is usually the case, unfortunately.
(And please forgive the sports post, which is a departure from typical Murdoc fare. MO will return to laser-guided stuff and things that blow up other things very shortly…)
UPDATE 2: Baseball Musings has a great Puckett Roundup.