1984 Fleer Update Kirby Puckett Rookie PSA 10. A legend whose career was cut short. There’s only 2 players in the 20th century to have 2,000 hits during their first full 10 calendar years in MLB: Musial and Puckett. There’s only 11 players in history with THREE 215+ hit seasons, Puckett is one of them. Kirby finds himself 7th on the all-time batting average leaders list since 1950 - and he retired with a .318 average, the second highest in the American League ever behind only Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, in September 1995 Puckett was hit in the face with a fastball, and on March 28, 1996 he woke up unable to see out of his right eye. Doctors discovered Kirby had Glaucoma and even after 4 surgeries he was blind in that eye and was forced to retire. He made 10 ASG in 12 seasons, has 2 rings and was a 6x Gold Glover. Sadly, in 2006 at the age of 45 he passed away due to a stroke.