MLB News: Former Dodger Bill Buckner Passes Away at 69

The man best known for an unfortunate error was drafted by, and debuted with the Dodgers.

Some sad news to report as former Dodger Bill Buckner has passed away at the age of 69.

He was a 2nd-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1968 and made his debut with the club the next season.

Buckner battled dementia for a large duration of his life.

Bill Buckner played for five different teams: the Dodgers (1969-1976), Cubs (1977-1984), Red Sox (1984-1987, 1990), Angels (1987-1988), and the Royals (1988-1989). Across 22 major league seasons, Buckner crushed 174 home runs and finished with a career batting average of .289. He was named an All-Star in 1981 with the Chicago Cubs after batting .324. Buckner received MVP votes in 5 different seasons.

As a member of the Dodgers specifically, Buckner hit 38 home runs and stole 93 bases on the way to a .289 batting average in 7 seasons.

Buckner also accomplished the impressive feat of having more walks than strikeouts in a season on 9 occasions.

Many will remember Buckner for his error in the 1986 World Series that proved costly for the Boston Red Sox, but he should be remembered for his fantastic career that was both lengthy and productive.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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