This Day in Black History: March 14, 1960

Former Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett was born.

Posted: 03/14/2013 07:00 AM EDT

On March 14, 1960, baseball star Kirby Puckett was born in Chicago.

The 5'8" center fielder was drafted to the Minnesota Twins during the 1982 MLB draft. He spent his entire career with the team, leading the Twins to two World Series championships (1987 and 1991). He also made 10 All-Star game appearances and won six Golden Glove Awards.

One morning during spring training in 1996, he woke up with blindness in his right eye and was diagnosed with glaucoma. The diagnosis forced him to retire, with the team retiring his No. 43 jersey in 1997. Puckett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his first year of eligibility.

Following his retirement, Puckett's personal life became the center of attention after his then-wife, Tonya, accused him of threatening to kill her and told police he had a history of domestic violence. In 2003, Puckett was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Twin Cities restaurant. He was later cleared of those charges and lived out the remainder of his life in Arizona.

He passed away on March 6, 2006, after suffering a stroke. He was 45.

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