Saturday, March 11, 2006

Kirby Puckett

On Google Zeitgeist for the Week Ending March 6, 2006  I didn't recognize the following search terms: 


Anna Nicole Smith ; Kirby Puckett ; June Carter ; Jessica Alba; Reese Witherspoon ; Dolly Parton ; one tree hill ; Jon Stewart .


What does this mean?


That most Google surfers are American and I'm not?

That I'm not connected to the trends and patterns of the world?


Well, it's never too late to start learning. I used QTSaver to learn about Kirby Puckett.


Search results for Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett (born March 14, 1961) was widely regarded as one of the best, and most popular, Major League Baseball players of the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.

On May 9th, 1997, Puckett appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, and recited the evening's top ten list, "Top Ten Ways to Mispronounce Kirby Puckett", which were...

Costas once jokingly promised that if Kirby Puckett was batting over .350 by the time his child was born he would name his kid Kirby. True to his word, since Kirby was hitting better than .350, Bob gave his son, Keith Costas, whose first name comes from Bob's first wife's brother, the middle name Kirby.

The 1982 season brought the team indoors, into the Metrodome, which is in downtown Minneapolis near the Mississippi River. After several losing seasons in the Dome, the arrival of 1980s superstars Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett electrified the team and sent them to their first World Series. Louis Cardinals to win the 1987 World Series.

Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett) hurt the team badly, and Tom Kelly spent the remainder of his managerial career attempting to rebuild the Twins.

Kirby Puckett (grew up in Chicago, lives in Minneapolis suburbs)


Induction Information Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 2001, as a Player 423 votes on 515 ballots 82.14% Hall of Fame plaque for Kirby Puckett

Bio | Video (Streaming Windows Media) A fun-loving and gregarious ball player, Kirby Puckett totaled 12 solid seasons with the Minnesota Twins. The 1982 first-round draft choice hit for power and average, batting .318 with 207 home runs. A true team leader, Puckett led the Twins to a pair of World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.

Did You Know... that when Kirby Puckett retired following the 1995 season, he had attained the highest career batting average (.318) for a right-handed batter since Joe DiMaggio?

The Rise and Fall of Kirby Puckett

Then he wasn't a ballplayer anymore, let alone a whale of one. Then he was just back to being fat little Kirby Puckett. Of course, this meant being able to spend more time with his mistress of many years, who nobody seems to have known existed, because Kirby was, of course, an ideal family man -- even though, truth be told, he wasn't even an ideal scoundrel, because he also had cheated on his mistress of many years with a passel of other sad and lonely women. And you thought the fans were duped.

Excepted from "The Rise and Fall of Kirby Puckett," by Frank Deford in the March 17, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated.

ATLANTA ( -- Baseball fans across the country were shocked last year when Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, one of the game’s most beloved figures, was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a suburban Minneapolis restaurant.

Kirby Puckett was a 10-time All-Star and a six-time Gold Glove winner.

(CNN) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, who helped lead the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, died Monday after suffering a stroke over the weekend, the team announced.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett," said a statement released by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig."He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term."  

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