As you may have heard, native Chicagoan, power-hitter and Hall-of-Famer Kirby Puckett passed away yesterday from complications from stroke. He played for the Minnesota Twins his entire career, and may possibly have been the keystone for turning their abysmal record towards two World Series wins. He retired after the 1995 season after only twelve seasons because he developed glaucoma, and in his retirement he was active in promoting glaucoma tests and treatment. According to the Hall of Fame website, at the time of his retirment he had attained the highest career batting average (.318) for a right-handed batter since Joe DiMaggio.
A particularly fond memory I have takes me back when I was like 23 or 24. My boyfriend at the time really got me interested in baseball, and he was a fan of Kirby's so he had a poster hanging over the futon in the living room. He said that Kirby was a player's player. That was a really really good time in my life. I had good friends, a great boyfriend and my whole future ahead of me; just really happy times. Thanks for the memories, Kirby.