MLB: Bill Buckner Should not be Judged on One Play

The Boston Red Sox and MLB lost a talented player yesterday. Bill Buckner lost his battle with dementia. The play that Buckner will always be remembered for is his misplay at first base during the 1986 World Series. The series was between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. At the time of the play, the Red Sox lead the series 3 games to 2. All the Red Sox needed to be one out to end the long World Series drought.

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The Curse

The Red Sox haven’t won a World Series since 1918. That same year that the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Red Sox fans were hoping this would be the series that end the drought. Up to bat was Mookie Wilson an outfielder for the Mets. He hit a slow roller up the first base line. Buckner looked like he was in prime position to make that play and it went right by him. As the ball rolled by him Ray Knight scored from third to force a game 7.

The Mets will go on to win game 7. This would send the Red Sox fans home without a World Series. In fact, they would not win one until 2004. The Red Sox would take out their hate for the New York Yankees. Now this play should not judge Buckner as a player. He was hated for many years after. In the end, he was not to blame it was the relievers for the Red Sox that let game 6 and 7 get an away.

Buckner’s Career

Buckner had a solid career. He finished with a .289 batting average. Buckner had 2,715 hits he was just 285 hits away from 3,000. He was a solid player and should not be judged on this one play. In fact, he didn’t even want to come back after the Red Sox won in 2004. The Red Sox asked him to return as kind of a peace offering. Buckner did return but was not comfortable according to his wife. As a Red Sox fan myself I don’t judge Buckner on this play alone and no one should.

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