Former major leaguer Bill Buckner has died, his family confirmed in a statement to ESPN. "Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing his in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ". After leaving the Dodgers, Buckner was the 1980 National League batting champion while playing with the Cubs and was named an All-Star selection one year later.
Trying for their first crown since 1918, the Boston Red Sox led the New York Mets 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 at Shea Stadium. The New York Mets beat Buckner's Boston Red Sox that night and would go on to win the series in seven games.
Buckner is survived by his wife Jody, and three children, Brittany, Christen and Bobby. To have someone like Bill Buckner in the trenches with me during my first year managing, was truly special and a season I will never forget.
Though he played for a long time and was voted an All-Star, Buckner is best known for an error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. It wasn't until 2004 that Buckner finally found redemption, once the Red Sox finally won their first World Series in 86 years. The infielder joined the Kansas City Royals later that year and was with them in 1989 before signing with the Red Sox for his final season in 1990.
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Longtime MLB first baseman Bill Buckner, who appeared in a pair of World Series in a career that spanned two decades, has passed away. Buckner hobbled over to play the ball, only to see it skip under his glove and into right field as Ray Knight raced around third to score the winning run for NY. "We did the best we could to win there and it just didn't happen and I didn't feel like I deserved" so much blame.
In an interview later in his life with the Boston Globe, Buckner revealed how he dealt with being tied to one of baseball's biggest blunders.
The play haunted Buckner for years, even driving him and his family out of MA and to a ranch in Idaho. Buckner returned to Fenway Park to a roaring ovation in 2008, four years after the Red Sox broke an 86-year championship drought and one season after they took home yet another title, to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. I made sure I let him know that every time I saw him. "I ll miss u Buck!"
"It was awesome", Buckner told NPR.