Bill Buckner, Dead at 69

Bill BucknerBill Buckner was 69. He was the first baseman who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals during a 22 season major league career. And yes, he let a Mookie Wilson slow roller go between his legs in the tenth inning of Game 6 during the 1986 World Series.

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Rob J

If anyone cares, I commented on Buckner earlier on the Open Mike.

May 27, 2019 @ 8:08 PM

Rick

I am crushed by this one. I was a massive Red Sox fan back in the 80's. It took me years to get over the World Series lost. Sure, I was bitter at him, but many other players were to blame - as was the coach. He got screwed over by the media and Fenway faithful. Over the years everyone smartened up. I loved his appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm. RIP Bill.

May 28, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Chuck 99

I have always believed that Bill Buckner was unfairly maligned for allowing the ground ball by Mookie Wilson to go through his legs for a base hit in the 1986 World Series. Due to a series of leg injuries, he lacked mobility to play well defensively and had to wear high top shoes to play through the pain.

The bulk of the criticism should have been levelled at Boston manager, John McNamara for not replacing Buckner with Dave Stapleton at first base for defensive purposes with the Red Sox leading at the top of the inning.

May 29, 2019 @ 2:31 PM

NG

Red Sox fan here. Bill B deserves to be remembered well for all his great hitting over the years, not one overblown play. I was there the night they brought the retired Bill B out onto the field before the game on Ring Night, when the current Sox got their World Series ring. He got a big ovation.

June 3, 2019 @ 3:49 PM

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