One of Murdoc’s favorites

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.