Bill Buckner, the Red Sox great who played 22 seasons in MLB, has died at age 69, according to a statement from his family.
The Legendary Bucker, whose career was defined by one of the most famous errors in World Series history, died Monday after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Bill Buckner was 1 of 5 players to appear in a game in the 1960’s and 1990’s (Fisk, Dempsey, Ryan and Reuss). Buckner logged 10,000 PA and struck out only 4.5 pct of time. The only player in the expansion era w/ 10K pa and a lower K rate was Tony Gwynn.
Buckner’s wife Jody said in a statement: “After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family. Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life.”
“I am extremely heartbroken and deeply hurt as I just received the sad news of the passing of my 82/83 Cubs teammate Bill Buckner this morning. Bill battled the disease of Lewy Body Dimentia. Bill worked tirelessly with my Fergie Jenkins Foundation. Condolences to his family. RIP,” Said Major League Great Fergie Jenkins.
Buckner is one of 13 players in major league history to record at least 2,700 hits while striking out less than 500 times. He was truly a hitting legend.
All of us at The DC Patriot send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of this baseball legend.