Buckner had been battling dementia, according to the statement.
Buckner's wife, Jody Buckner, told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap that her husband passed away early Monday morning after battling a disease called Lewy Body Dimentia. "Our hearts are broken, but we're at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ".
While many remember Buckner for the error he made in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, he should be remembered for what a great career he had, which included a NL batting title in 1980 when hit.324 with the Chicago Cubs.
Though he played for a long time and was voted an All-Star, Buckner is best known for an error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Former teammate Bobby Valentine broke the news on Twitter.
"I felt badly for some of the things he went through", Wilson said in a statement.
Two years later, however, after another Red Sox victory in the World Series, Buckner was among the Boston sports greats on an April day celebrating a second championship in four seasons by delivering the ceremonial first pitch, a strike to former teammate Dwight Evans as Fenway Park roared. "Bill was a great, great baseball player whose legacy should not be defined by one play". Two nights later, NY won the 1986 World Series with a Game 7 victory.Читайте также: Police speak after woman's body was discovered in Melbourne park
Cleveland manager Terry Francona was the Red Sox skipper that afternoon at Fenway.
Wilson said Monday that he and Buckner "had developed a friendship that lasted well over 30 years".
The Red Sox finally won a World Series in 2004.
"I just didn't think I was going to do it", Buckner, who had 2,715 career hits, including 174 home runs, told the Boston Globe. "You have to be up here to understand how people take things that happen". "But when I was walking off the field, my first thought was, 'I get to play in the seventh game of the World Series".
Since Buckner's passing, there has been an outpouring of support from the many who respected him as a person and a baseball player.
Buckner lived in Boise, Idaho, after he finished playing. A few times he took me under his wing and reminded me how hard the game was to play and if you listed to the game closely enough, it would tell you what decisions to make and how to put players in the right position to succeed.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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