Puckett was born March 14, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois and won All-American honors for baseball while in high school. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1982 and made his Major League debut in 1984. Over his 12 season Major League career, Puckett was a 10-time All-Star, 6-time Gold Glove Award winner, and in 1996 won the Roberto Clemente Award which is given to the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.
The Minnesota Twins retired Puckett’s 34 uniform number in 1997 and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He published his autobiography, “I Love This Game,” in 1993.