Former Twins 1B Kusick dies of leukemia at 57

Updated: September 27, 2006, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Twins first baseman Craig Kusick died Wednesday after a long bout with leukemia.

The Twins held a moment of silence for Kusick, who played for the team from 1973-79, before the game against the Kansas City Royals.

Kusick, who spent 23 years as baseball coach at Rosemount High School, was three days away from his 58th birthday.

His best season came in 1977, when he hit .254 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 268 at-bats for Minnesota.

A native of Milwaukee, Kusick played at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and signed with the Twins in 1970.


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