Veteran first baseman Bill Buckner, whose career spanned four decades and who collected over 2,700 hits in the major leagues, has died at the age of 69.
Buckner’s death was confirmed to ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap by his wife, who said her husband died after battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia.
“Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life,” Jody Buckner said.
Buckner played for five different MLB teams, including eight seasons each with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, in a career that spanned 22 years from 1969 through 1990.
However, he will be remembered most as a member of the Boston Red Sox for the ground ball that went between his legs in the 10th inning of Game 6 against the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series. The error allowed the winning run to score in a devastating 6-5 loss. The Mets would go on to win Game 7 and extend the Red Sox’s infamous title drought dating back to 1918.