Minnesota Twins great and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Kirby Puckett will speak here at noon Friday, April 27, in Schoenecker Arena.

The talk, sponsored by St. Thomas’ University Lectures Committee, is free and open to the public.

The lecture is being held in the arena to help accommodate some grade school youngsters who will come to the talk. The younger fans are coming from schools where St. Thomas students serve as tutors and mentors.

Following Puckett’s talk, there will be time for questions from the audience. There won’t, however, be time for autographs.

Considered by most to be the greatest Minnesota Twin ever, the 40-year-old Puckett was a hero from day one when he became the ninth player in history to collect four hits in his first game on May 8, 1984.

His most memorable moments came with the World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, the only major professional sports titles earned by a Minnesota team.

The 10-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove Award winner and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner had his career cut short when he awoke with blurred vision caused by glaucoma in March 1996. He retired after 12 seasons with the Twins as the team’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, total bases, at-bats and runs.

Puckett was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year. He was the third Twin elected to the hall, and the third-youngest living electee in history behind Sandy Koufax and Lou Gehrig.

Puckett also is one of the game’s great community leaders; he received Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award and, this past year, was inducted into the Humanitarian Hall of Fame. For the past five years he has served as an executive vice president for the Twins, currently one of the hottest teams in baseball.

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