Craig Robert Kusick
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Craig Kusick, who played in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins, died on Sept. 27, 2006 in Minneapolis, Minn. He was 57. Kusick had been battling leukemia.
His major league career spanned seven seasons from 1973 to 1979. He played in 497 career games -- 24 with Toronto at the end of his career and the rest with the Twins.
He hit. 235 with 46 home runs, 171 RBI and 11 stolen bases. His best seaons came in 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he hit .259 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI and, in 1977, hit .254 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI.
On Aug. 27, 1975, he tied a major league record when he was hit by a pitch three times in a game. On Aug. 25, 1979, while playing for Toronto, Kusick took the mound for his only pitching appearance in the majors. He gave up two runs in 2.3 innings.
Following his career in baseball, he spent 23 years as the baseball coach at Rosemount High School.
He played for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse baseball team before signing with the Twins in 1970.