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Connections Between Puckett and Gwynn Evident

Attached Image: Puckett_Gwynn_Baseball_Card.jpg On Monday, baseball lost another great. Hall of Fame member Tony Gwynn passed away at the age of 54. He lost his battle after dealing with cancer for some time. Gwynn attributed the cancer to his chewing tobacco habit during his playing days.

Fans across Twins Territory can feel the pain that Padres fans are dealing with after today's announcement. Former Twins great and Hall of Fame inductee Kirby Puckett also passed away at an early age. It can be tough for a franchise to lose the player most associated with its success.

Gwynn never had a heroic World Series moment like Puckett but there were still connections between these star players.


  • Both players were born in 1960. Gwynn was born in Los Angeles, CA and Puckett was born in Chicago, IL.
  • Gwynn debuted in 1982 at age 22. Puckett did not debut until 1984 at the age of 24.
  • Puckett made every All-Star Game from 1986 to 1995. Gwynn was on the NL squad for every one of those games except 1988.
  • Puckett led the AL in hits in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1992. Gwynn led the NL in hits in 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, and 1997.
  • Puckett won his lone batting title in 1989 when he hit .339. Gwynn won the NL crown that same year with a .336 batting average.
  • Gwynn collected his 2,000 career hit in August 1993. Puckett wasn't far behind, getting his 2,000th in April of the next season.
  • Both men finished their careers with a batting average over .300 (Puckett at .318, Gwynn at .338)
  • Gwynn led the NL in WAR once in 1987. Puckett led the AL in WAR once in 1992.
  • Puckett won Gold Gloves in 1986-1989 and 1991-1992. Gwynn won Gold Gloves in 1986-1987 and 1990-1991.
  • Gwynn won seven Silver Slugger awards and Puckett had six Silver Slugger awards to his credit
  • Both were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame with over 80% of the vote. Puckett got 82.1% and Gwynn received 97.6% of the vote.

Both these players were great hitting outfielders during the same era, Gwynn in the National League and Puckett in the American. They helped make their organizations and leagues better in many ways.

Both players were taken too soon.


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