Bill Buckner

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Billy Buckner through the five-hole

Bill Buckner is the #2 hitter and starting first-baseman for Boston on the NES version of RBI. Buckner is typically subbed, though a good portion of people give him one AB first. He would qualify as a barely-adequate, yet allowable starter in RBI. He has some power, but he has the worst speed on the game. Certain individuals don't allow Buckner any playing time due to his world famous error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Bio

RBI Stats

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Career Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2517 9397 1077 2715 498 49 174 1208 183 450 453 .289 .321 .408 .729

Nicknames

  • Billy Buck
  • Buckner Naked
  • Buckner Wild!

The Error

Despite a quality career, Bill Buckner's legend is forever tarnished by one fateful play in the fall of 1986. With Game 6 of the World Series between the Mets and the Red Sox tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th, Mookie Wilson hit a grounder to first that went right through Bill Buckner's legs. Ray Knight scored all the way from 2nd base and the Mets won Game 6 forcing a Game 7 that they eventually won.

This play was thought by Red Sox fans as another instance of the "curse" that was on Boston ever since the trade of Babe Ruth, ignoring the fact that curses don't actually exist. Buckner became the scapegoat, when it was simply the Boston relievers who couldn't hold on to a two run lead, giving up three straight singles and throwing a wild pitch that allowed a score. Red Sox fans also like to forget that there was a game seven, that you know, they could have won. Never the less, the error is one of the most memorable plays in World Series history.

RBI Baseball Cards

Bill Buckner 1987 Topps card
Bill Buckner 1987 Fleer card
Bill Buckner 1987 Sportflics card


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