People Forget How Good Bill Buckner Really Was

To all the people practically mocking Bill Buckner for the error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series, grow up.

Buckner could be considered one of the better left-handed hitters of all time. He amassed 2,715 hits, while driving in 1,208 runs and earning a .289 batting average over a 22-year career spent with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Royals, and Angels. He was also an all-star in 1981 and won the batting title the same season as well.

He had more walks than strikeouts in multiple seasons, and never struck out more than twice in one game IN HIS CAREER, but us the fans should let the error define him, right?

The guy was a beast, he created a career that not many could say they did. He only committed 128 errors while playing 1,555 games at first base throughout his career. He is also one of only 19 players in the history of baseball to have played in 4 decades, making his MLB debut in 1969 and hanging up his spikes after the 1990 season.

One of the most memorable moments in “Billy Bucks” career came after the 2004 season, when the Red Sox welcomed him home at Opening Day following their first World Series title in 86 years. The Red Sox and their fans welcomed the first baseman home to throw the first pitch after the Curse of the Bambino was officially buried. He was grateful to be back on Yawkey Way, and back where he belonged.

Although October 25th, 1986 is a day that will live in infamy for Buckner, his family and all of Red Sox fans, but that is not what matters. Bill Buckner was one of the better left handed hitters of his generation, and he should be remembered for that, not because a ball rolled through his legs.

Rest in peace, Bill Buckner.


Photo://* New York Times

 

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