Bill Buckner Biography – Bill Buckner Wiki
Bill Buckner born William Joseph Buckner was an American professional baseball player.
Buckner was a second-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1968, going one round after Los Angeles took Bobby Valentine. Buckner made his major league debut as a 19-year-old in 1969, beginning the first of what turned out to be eight seasons with the Dodgers.
Buckner was traded to the Cubs in 1977 and enjoyed some of his best seasons in Chicago. He won the NL batting title in 1980, hitting .324. A year later, he was named to his only All-Star team and finished 10th in NL MVP voting. The Cubs dealt Buckner to the Red Sox in May 1984 in exchange for star closer Dennis Eckersley and utility infielder Mike Brumley.
Buckner played for the California Angels and Kansas City Royals before returning to the Red Sox for the start of the 1990 season. They signed him as a free agent in 1990, but he struggled at the plate in his second stint there and was released before officially retiring.
After his playing career, Buckner remained in baseball as a coach, including a stint as the White Sox hitting coach in 1996 and ’97, and a return to Massachusetts in 2011 as manager of the independent league Brockton Rox.
Bill Buckner Career Stats
Buckner finished his career with 2,715 hits, 1,208 RBIs, 1,077 runs scored and 174 home runs.
Bill Buckner Age
Buckner was born on December 14, 1949, in Vallejo, California, United States. He died on May 27, 2019, aged 69.
Bill Buckner Wife (Jody Buckner)
Bill Buckner was married to his wife Jody Buckner.
Bill Buckner Children – Bill Buckner Daughter
Buckner and his wife, Jody, had three children, two daughters, Brittany Buckner and Christen Buckner, and a son, Bobby Buckner.
Bill Buckner Family
Buckner’s parents were Leonard and Marie Katherine Buckner. His father died when he was in his teens. His mother worked for a stenographer for the California Highway Patrol and his stepdad Harold Eugene McCall was a CHP officer. Bill Buckner had three siblings.
Bill Buckner Death
Buckner died on May 27, 2019. He was 69. His family said in a statement: “After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early 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.”
The Dodgers tweeted “The Dodgers are saddened to hear about the passing of Bill Buckner, who died this morning after battling a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buckner family.”
The Dodgers are saddened to hear about the passing of Bill Buckner, who died this morning after battling a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buckner family. pic.twitter.com/yVEoEXfXx5
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 27, 2019
Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Buckner, a great ballplayer and beloved member of the Cubs family after his playing days, Bill served as a valued member of our player development staff and was a fan favorite during his appearances at our Cubs conventions.”
Bill Buckner Cause of Death
Buckner died following a battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Bill Buckner Net Worth
Buckner had an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Bill Buckner Height
Buckner stood at a height of 6 feet (1.83 m).