The List: Kirby Puckett’s Top Games

5. May 8, 1984: After grounding out in his first at bat, Puckett’s major league debut picked up from there. He singled in his next four at-bats, and even stole a base. The Twins won the game 5-0 behind Frank Viola’s four hit shutout of the Angels.

4. 1987 World Series Game 6: In a game most remembered for Kent Hrbek’s dramatic grand slam, Puckett was the spark plug. He reached base all five times he came to the plate, scored four runs, and knocked a run in. He was on second base when Hrbek hit the famous grand slam. The Twins won the game 11-5, and, of course, brought the championship home the next night.

3. August 1, 1986: The Twins hosted the A’s at the Metrodome in a battle of the AL West cellar dwellers. Puckett’s night began with his 5th triple of the season. Puckett would eventually score the first of his three runs on a sac fly, but that was just the beginning. He found himself one homerun away from hitting for the cycle. Puckett did just that with a man on in the eighth inning, competing the cycle and capping off a 10-1 Twins victory. Kirby had to share the spotlight that day with pitcher Bert Blyleven, who threw a complete game two hitter with 15 strikeouts.

2. August 30, 1987: At Milwaukee, Puckett registered his first career six hit game. He did it in style, with two homeruns and two doubles. His line in the box score looked like this:

Puckett CF 6 AB 4 R 6 H 4 RBI

In addition to all of his offense, Kirby also stole a grand slam from Robin Yount in the 6th inning. On a day that belonged to Puckett, the Twins won 10-6 to take sole possession of first place in the AL West.

1. 1991 World Series Game 6: Puckett’s most famous game. He told the team before the game to jump on his back, and he carried them. Kirby collected three hits, two runs, and three RBIs in the game. The images left, however, tell the story better than the stats; the leaping catch up against the plexiglass, robbing Ron Gant of extra bases; and of course, the homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning. “And we’ll see ya tomorrow night!”

One Response to The List: Kirby Puckett’s Top Games

  1. Mike Grimes says:

    My first Twins game August 1st 1986, I’ve probably been to over 300 games since and have seen some good ones, but it’s tough to top the performance by Blyleven. I’m pretty sure even as a 7 year old I wondered what was so impressive about the cycle as he could have had 3 HR’s and a double instead

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