Red Sox fans are in deep mourning on Monday morning after some sad news was reported. Legendary player Bill Buckner has passed away at the age of 69.
According to ESPN, Buckner, the player whose mistake in the 1986 World Series has lived on ever since, died on Monday. His family released a statement about the death.
They wrote, “After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early in the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family. Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Throughout his lucrative career, Buckner played a total of 22 seasons in the majors. Additionally, he reportedly was an All Star and won a batting title in 1980.
Despite his many accomplishments in the sport, the most well-known memory of Buckner came in 1986 during the World Series when a ball rolled through his legs.
Here is what ESPN reported about the incident:
“Boston, looking for its first World Series title since 1918, carried a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 against the Mets. New York tied it with two runs, then brought Mookie Wilson to the plate. Wilson worked a 3-2 count off reliever Bob Stanley, and then, with a runner on second base, bounced a slow roller up the first-base line on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Buckner ranged to his left, went down to snag the ball behind the bag and watched it roll through his legs and into right field. Ray Knight scored to give the Mets a 6-5 can-you-believe-it win. They took Game 7, too, a gut punch to a Red Sox team a strike away from a long-awaited title just 48 hours earlier.”
Even though Boston did not take well to the error, many people still respected Buckner as a player. Now, fans are mourning his loss.
Several people have taken to social media to pour in tributes. Below are some of the posts:
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