Rusty Kuntz
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"Russell Jay "Rusty" Kuntz" is a retired United States/American Major League Baseball (MLB) designated hitter and outfielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers between 1979 and 1985. He never appeared in more than 84 games in any season during his playing career. In the final game of the 1984 World Series, Kuntz hit a pop fly to the second baseman that became the deciding run batted in (RBI).

Kuntz grew up in Kansas and California, playing three sports in high school and community college. He went to the Division III World Series twice with California State University, Stanislaus before being selected by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 1977 MLB Draft. After the 1984 season, Kuntz was unable to return to form the next year. He was demoted to the minor leagues early in the 1985 season and was out of professional baseball as a player shortly thereafter.

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You never know if you're going to get back to the big leagues again. You hope to play enough to get a hit. You hate for that to be your only call-up and not to get a hit with 10 tries and never get back up again. That's what you fear the most.

You don't see that a lot.

It was one of those classic five hoppers. It took one hop over Honeycutt's head and four more up the middle, going right past the shortstop and second baseman.