Puckett records four singles in first big league game
The 10-time All-Star ended his career with the highest batting average for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio, hitting at .318 a clip. Puckett finished with 2,304 hits, 207 home runs, 1,085 RBI, six Silver Slugger Awards, and six Gold Glove Awards.
Puckett –who hit over .300 eight times in his career – led the league in hits four times and total bases twice. He is one of only three American League players to have two six-hit games in their career, joining Jimmie Foxx and Doc Cramer.
“Baseball doesn’t owe me a thing. I owe my whole life to baseball.” Puckett said.
In 2001, Puckett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his first time on the ballot.
He passed away on March 6, 2006.
Nick Anapolis was the spring 2013 public relations intern at the Baseball Hall of Fame