Baseball star Bill Buckner died May 27 in Idaho at the age of 69. Suffering from what is termed Lewy body dementia, Buckner was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
During his 20 plus year professional baseball career, the left-handed hitting Buckner amassed over 2,700 hits playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, the ten California Angels (currently the Los Angeles Angels) and the Kansas City Royals.
His accomplishments include a National League batting title and was an All Star. Of his 10,000 plus trips to the plate, Buckner struck out only 453 times; placing him third on the list of batters with a low strikeout percentage. He also walked only 450 times in his career.
Unfortunately, it was an error in Game six of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets when Buckner misplayed a ball and allowed the Mets to win the game that has been his claim to fame.
And it was Buckner who was in the outfield and climbed the fence attempting to catch the ball in 1974 when Hank Aaron hit his record setting home run.
William Joseph Buckner was born in Vallejo, California on December 14, 1949 but grew up in American Canyon, California – a community north of San Francisco. An excellent athlete, Buckner was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968.
Buckner is survived by his wife Jody of over 35 years and children – Brittany, Christen and Bobby.
feature photo credit: By Craig Johnson from San Diego, CA, USA – Bill Buckner of the Boston Red Sox, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33510842