This Date in Baseball History – July 12

Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett’s Hall of Fame career came to an abrupt end on March 28, 1996, when he woke up without vision in his right eye. On July 12 of that same year, Puckett made the decision a public one.

Mick Gillispie told the story of how Puckett’s career ended – and his death ten years later – during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Jacksonville Suns.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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