With Billy Buck, It’s Still All (Very) Good

When Bill Buckner strode into the pavilion of the Corn Crib, home of the Frontier League Normal CornBelters, I was strangely star struck. I mean, I’d known most of the other former Cubs playing in that weekend’s Cubs-Cardinals Legends exhibition game from my fantasy camp experience two years before. Bobby Dernier had been my coach and had become a friend – I hung out with him...
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The Baseball Cards of Bill Buckner

On his 1970 Topps rookie card, 21-year-old Bill Buckner shared his “Dodgers Rookie Stars” card with 28-year-old Jack Jenkins, a rookie who had pitched in the major leagues seven years earlier. He was on another “rookie stars” card in 1971 and finally got his own card in 1972, where he was a 1971 Topps All-Star Rookie. He has a great Shea Stadium action shot in the legendary...
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The Tragedy of Bill Buckner

Keith Humphreys initially wrote this story for The Reality-Based Community In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, Dr. Watson warns Sherlock Holmes that a single high profile mistake will lead to the Great Detective’s “honoured career ending in irreparable failure and disgrace”. This is one of most terrible potential costs of fame...
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The Hall of Fame Case for Bill Buckner

David Krell initially wrote this story for The Sports Post “Little roller up along first. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!” Vin Scully’s broadcast of Mookie Wilson’s 10th inning ground ball in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series sends chills through the hearts of Red Sox Nation. Buckner, a journeyman baseball player, gained immortality...
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Bill Buckner: Game 5 Of 1986 ALCS ‘Most Exciting Game’ Of My Career

BOSTON — Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner has a lot of memories from the 1986 season, and several of them don’t have anything to do with the World Series or his error in Game 6. The seven-game American League Championship Series versus the California Angels is one example. “Most of (the memories) are good, obviously one of them wasn’t,” Buckner said Wednesday...
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Bill Buckner Turns 66 Years Old Today

Bill BucknerBill 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...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The difference between being bad and not winning

In a parallel universe, the Chicago Cubs aspire to become the Boston Red Sox, from enticing their former General Manager in Theo Epstein, to remodeling a relic of a ball yard the Red Sox Way. The similarities between the two storied franchises are striking. Both teams went decades between championships, with the Cubs currently at 106 years without a World Series title. Both teams...
Via The Sports Post
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Monday’s home opener match Bill Buckner’s return?

Bill Foley (@foles74) Contributing Writer During the pregame ceremony of the 2008 Red Sox home opener, Bill Buckner emerged from under the giant American flag hanging over the Green Monster. Then slowly made his way to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Dwight Evans.  (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images) The 2007 Red Sox received their World...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Buckner Bows Out As Cub Minors Hitting Coach

Bill Buckner And FN's Editor-In-ChiefFormer Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner has stepped down as a minor league hitting coach in the Chicago Cubs system. Said Buckner, "Just too much time away. My wife has put up with it for 30-something years." Buckner—a career .289 hitter over 22 seasons—had two stints with Boston. In his five total seasons in Carmine Hose, he hit .279 with...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Buckner Retires From Coaching To Spend More Time With Family

Former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner is officially hanging up the cleats. According to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman, Buckner is stepping down as the Boise Hawks hitting coach.  Buckner spent two seasons with the Single-A club, working with some of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects, but he has decided to step away from the game and spend more time with his family,...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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