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Kirby Puckett - Chronology

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1961 Born March 14 in Chicago, Illinois
1982 Drafted in first round by Minnesota Twins; is sent to minor league in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in the Appalachian League
1983 Promoted to Class A team Visalia Oaks in Visalia, California
1984 Joins Minnesota Twins major league team; makes debut on May 8, with four hits in five times at bat
1986 Undergoes intensive training with batting coach to improve his ability to hit home runs; finishes season sixth in American League's Most Valuable Player voting and second in runs scored; marries Tonya Hudson—they will have a daughter, Catherine, and a son, Kirby Jr.
1987 Begins hosting television show The Kirby Puckett Report
1989 Becomes the highest-paid player in baseball for a brief time
1991 In sixth game of the World Series, as Twins face the Atlanta Braves, Puckett hits an eleventh-inning home run that wins the game for Minnesota and forces a seventh game, which they also win
1992 On December 4, signs a five-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota Twins
1995 Is hit in the face on September 28 by a fastball, which shatters his jaw and ends his playing season
1996 On March 28, wakes up unable to see out of his right eye; is diagnosed with glaucoma and undergoes four surgeries in four months without improvement of his vision
1996 On July 12, announces his retirement from baseball
1997 Twins retire Puckett's jersey number 34; Puckett continues to serve with Twins as executive vice president
2001 Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
2002 Wife, Tonya, files for divorce in February and seeks sole custody of their children
2002 In September, is charged with assaulting a woman in a restaurant restroom; claims innocence
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