Monday, December 14, 2015

Ex-Red Sox Bill Buckner Turns 66 Years Old Today

Bill Buckner
Bill Buckner deserves a lot better. As he turns 66 years old today, he should be able to calmly reflect on a tremendous, 22-year MLB career. Playing for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Royals and Angels, 'Billy Buck' compiled a .289 batting average and drove in over 1,200 runs. He also won a National League batting title in 1980 (.324), and led the Senior Circuit in doubles twice. He was an All-Star in 1981 and finished in the Top Ten of MVP voting twice. He was also the left-fielder who frantically climbed the fence to try to rob Hank Aaron of his record-setting 715th HR. That's the kind of gritty player Buckner was. And yet, he will be remembered for one play. All we have to say is—the game was already tied! Happy birthday, Bill!