Slotnik: Bill Buckner, All-Star overshadowed by World Series error, dies at 69

From Daniel E. Slotnik at the New York Times on May 27, 2019:

Bill Buckner, an outfielder and first baseman whose long, solid career was overshadowed by an infamous error that cost the Boston Red Sox Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Mets, who went on to win the championship, died on Monday. He was 69.

His death was confirmed in a statement by his family and shared on Twitter by the ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap. The statement said Buckner had Lewy body dementia.

Buckner was dependable at the plate, registering a .300 batting average in seven seasons and accumulating 2,715 hits and 174 home runs during his two decades in the Major Leagues. He won the National League’s batting title in 1980 and was an All-Star in 1981, when he was with the Chicago Cubs.

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Originally published: May 27, 2019. Last Updated: May 27, 2019.