KIRBY PUCKETTGame 317 | August 14, 1984 | Kirby Puckett, Tim Teufel
The popular outfielder, considered by many to be the best player in the history of the Minnesota Twins franchise, made his major league debut on May 8, 1984, with four hits against the California Angels. He was only the ninth player in major league history to break in with four hits. Playing only two-thirds of the season, he hit .296 and led the team with 14 stolen bases. With the arrival of Puckett, the young Twins had in place the nucleus of the team that would win the World Series in 1987. Teufel was the team's starting second baseman in 1984 and was traded to the Mets for Bill Beane in 1986.
Game 436 | January 18, 1993 | Kirby Puckett
An All-Star every year between 1986 and 1.99.1, Puckett was combining off another stellar season in 1992. He hit .329 with 19 home runs and 110 RBIs. In order to prolong his career; the Twins, with Puckett in agreement, moved him from center lo right field.
Game 577 | February 6, 2001 | Kirby Puckett
His career cut short by eye problems in 1996, Puckett was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 in the first year his name appeared on the ballot. He was one of only two players to record 2,000 hits in his first 10 years of major league play. His career batting average of .318 was the highest of any right-handed American League hitter in the second half of the 20th Century.
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