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Kirby Puckett
Kirby Puckett
Born: 3/14/1960 in Chicago, IL USA      Died: 3/6/2006 in Phoenix, AZ USA     Hall Of Fame: 2001
Weight: 178 lb.      Height: 5'8"
Bats: R                 Throws: R
College: Triton (IL) CC
Batting Pitching Fielding Salaries Achievements HoF Manager
YearAgeTeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOIBBHBPSHSFDPBAOBPSLGOPS
198424MINAL128557631651250311471669144211.296.320.336.655
198525MINAL1616918019929134742112418704539.288.330.385.715
198626MINAL161680119223376319620123499472014.328.366.537.903
198727MINAL1576249620732528991273291760616.332.367.534.900
198828MINAL15865710923442524121672383420917.356.375.545.920
198929MINAL159635752154549851144159930521.339.379.465.843
199030MINAL1465518216440312805457731131315.298.365.446.811
199131MINAL1526119219529615891153178448727.319.352.460.812
199232MINAL1606391042103841911017744971361617.329.374.490.864
199333MINAL156622891843932289864793771515.296.349.474.824
199434MINAL1084397913932320112632847771711.317.362.540.902
199535MINAL1375388316939023993256891830515.314.379.515.894
12 Seasons 17837244107123044145720710851347645096585562358188.318.360.477.837

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOIBBHBPSHSFDPBAOBPSLGOPS
198727MINWS7285101103112101000357.419.464.884
198727MINALCS524351013100500000208.208.375.583
199131MINWS724460124105740111250.367.583.950
199131MINALCS521491025001400010429.435.7621.197
2 Post Seasons 24971630325153181741121.309.361.536.897
YearAgeTeamLgWLGGSCGSHOSVIPHERHRBBSOERAIBBWPHBPBKBFPGFR
No Pitching Records Found

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundWLGGSCGSHOSVIPHERHRBBSOERAIBBWPHBPBKBFPGFR
No Post Season Pitching Records Found
YearAgeTeamLgPosGGSInnPOAEDPPBFP
198424MINALCF1281281125.244316340.994
198424MINALOF1281281125.243816340.993
198525MINALCF1611601404.146619850.984
198525MINALOF1611601404.146519850.984
198626MINALCF16015713854277630.986
198626MINALOF16015713854298630.986
198727MINALCF1471471273.13429520.986
198727MINALDH80
198727MINALOF1471471273.13418520.986
198828MINALCF1581571349.24539340.994
198828MINALOF1581571349.245012340.994
198929MINALCF1571541328.143813430.991
198929MINALDH20
198929MINALOF1571541328.143813430.991
199030MINAL2B100.20000
199030MINAL3B100.10000
199030MINALCF1251221041.13176300.991
199030MINALDH40
199030MINALLF9977200100.952
199030MINALOF1411401194.13549430.989
199030MINALRF9976174031.000
199030MINALSS1000000
199131MINALCF1441431216.234513550.986
199131MINALOF152152130637313650.985
199131MINALRF19989.1270100.964
199232MINAL2B200.20000
199232MINAL3B202.10000
199232MINALCF1491471274.23959330.993
199232MINALDH90
199232MINALOF1491471274.23949330.993
199232MINALSS1000000
199333MINALCF95948072168210.991
199333MINALDH170
199333MINALLF11710001.000
199333MINALOF1391391222.131213220.994
199333MINALRF4744408.1974011.000
199434MINALCF30511001.000
199434MINALDH130
199434MINALOF9595823.220413320.986
199434MINALRF9595818.220412320.986
199535MINAL2B10101001.000
199535MINAL3B100.20000
199535MINALCF5434100001.000
199535MINALDH280
199535MINALOF109108930.11949410.981
199535MINALRF106104896.11839410.980
199535MINALSS100.10000
12 Seasons 3506336829241.18794282102740.989

Post Season

YearAgeTeamRoundPosGGSInnPOAEDPPBFP
198727MINWSCF7760151100.941
198727MINALCSCF554470001.000
199131MINWSCF7766.1161001.000
199131MINALCSCF5546131001.000
2 Post Seasons 2424216.1513100.982
YearAgeTeamLeagueSalary
198525MINAL$130,000
198626MINAL$255,000
198727MINAL$465,000
198828MINAL$1,090,000
198929MINAL$2,000,000
199030MINAL$2,816,667
199131MINAL$3,166,667
199232MINAL$2,966,667
199333MINAL$5,300,000
199434MINAL$5,300,000
199535MINAL$6,300,000
199636MINAL$6,200,000
199737MINAL$7,200,000
Total for 13 Records $43,190,001
Average for 13 Records $3,322,308
YearAgeLeagueAward
198626ALGold Glove - OF
198626ALSilver Slugger - OF
198727ALGold Glove - OF
198727ALSilver Slugger - OF
198828ALGold Glove - OF
198828ALSilver Slugger - OF
198929ALGold Glove - OF
198929ALSilver Slugger - OF
199131ALGold Glove - OF
199131ALALCS MVP
199232ALGold Glove - OF
199232ALSilver Slugger - OF
199333MLAS MVP
199333MLBranch Rickey Award
199434ALSilver Slugger - OF
199636MLRoberto Clemente Award
YearAgeVotersBallotsRequiredVotesPct.InductedCategory
200141BBWAA515387423.00.82136YPlayer
YearAgeTeamLgDiv#GWLPct.Div RankPly/Mgr
No Managerial Records Found

Player Discussion

[Kirby Puckett Topics] Useless Trivia
tomhamilton : May 22, 2007 03:12 PM

Kirby Puckett went 4 for 5 in his first major league game. In his first season (1984) his batting average never dropped below .288.

He also got off to a good start 1985 but later slumped to a .266 through 8/16/85. At this point, his career average was at .282. This was the lowest that his career batting average ever got to. To be exact, his career batting average never went below .28203.

I need a new hobby.

upthesecularhumanists : June 13, 2007 08:47 PM

Is that a record? Who would have a shot at beating that?

Joel

Ford Fricks Asterisk : June 25, 2007 01:43 PM

Interestingly, Puckett grounded out to the shortstop in his first major league at-bat and then collected four hits in a row, so for one at-bat his average was .000.

I just checked 4 or 5 guys off the top of my head, who I knew got their careers off to a great start and never looked back. One who did even better than Puckett was another Twin -- Tony Oliva. In his first at-bat, he struck out as a pinch-hitter. He next appeared five days later in the starting lineup, and he walked-singled-walked-singled before finally making the second out of his career. After that second official at-bat of his career, I don't think his career batting average ever slipped lower than .303.

Ted Williams hit into a 4-6-3 double-play in his first major league at-bat and was 1-for-5 in that first game. With a single in his second at-bat, that means he was below Puckett's .282 for three at-bats (after his 1st, 4th and 5th at-bats). He got a hit in the first inning of his second game and went 2-for-4. After that, his career average would never drop below .300 (.333 by the middle of his third game).

Ichiro Suzuki grounded out twice and then struck out in his first three at-bats, before singling twice in his debut. So he was under Puckett's mark for his first four at-bats, and then went 0-4 in his second game. So I guess he's not really close... 8 total at-bats, but a lead-off single in game #3 put him at .300, and he's never dipped below .300 since.

I guess the key here is finding a guy who had a hit in his first career at-bat. Of course, the problem is that there are no game logs available for guys like Honus Wagner.

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tomhamilton : June 25, 2007 01:49 PM

I can't believe I screwed this up. I swear I looked up his first game to verify that he had a hit in his first at bat. That pretty much invalidates everything in my first post. Nevermind...

Ford Fricks Asterisk : June 28, 2007 09:54 AM

I just figured out that my information on Ted Williams is incorrect (I've since looked up that he struck out vs. Red Ruffing in his first at-bat).

I was using baseball-reference.com's game log feature, and was surprised when I discovered that they go all the way back to the beginning of Williams' career. Then while trying to check the first year of Stan Musial's career (12 games), I was surprised to find an entire season's worth of game logs. It turns out that their game logs start in 1957, and any player whose career carried over to that season simply has their 1957 games listed for all previous years.

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