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The world was a better place with Kirby

Kirby Puckett was a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame personality wrapped up in one amazing package.

Originally Published: March 7, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

In the 12 seasons Kirby Puckett brightened the big leagues with his magical presence, 96 different men made it to home plate wearing the uniform of the Minnesota Twins.

But 95 of those men merely played for the Twins.

Kirby Puckett was the Twins.

As we think back now on The Puck Years, we kind of remember Jack Morris as a Twin. And Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Frank Viola -- they were all in there somewhere, too.

But they were just best-supporting actor nominees to that 5-foot-8 ...

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