Bill Buckner (May 27, age 69)
MLB All-Star and California native Bill Buckner died May 27 at the age of 69, according to the MLB and his wife, Jody Buckner.
The outfielder and eventual All-Star first baseman played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, the California Angels and his most well-known tenure, the Boston Red Sox. Over his career, Buckner generated 2,715 hits, 174 home runs, scored over 1200 runs and retired with a .289 batting average.
To this day, Buckner is remembered for his tragic mistake during the 1986 World Series, when he let a ball slip in between his legs that let Ray Knight of the New York Mets score the winning run. Unfortunately, many pointed the blame at Buckner for the Red Sox having lost that World Series, continuing the Boston “curse.” Backlash ensued and Buckner was in the spotlight for longer than he wanted to be. The Red Sox released Buckner in the summer of the following year.