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Bill Buckner #22
This is how I remember him
Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

RIP Billy Buck. You were my favorite player for a few years. I remember most distinctly the end of the 1980 season, when you and Jerry Martin were pretty much the whole show on a team that was so bad that even Big Daddy Rick Reuschel was under .500. You won the batting title that year even though you were 0-4 on the final day, on the strength of the previous night, when you went 3-5 with a homer. I remember times when you went limping around and I wince when I recall when you had decent wheels, early on with the Dodgers, and why you didn’t, later.

I rarely watched American League ball then. I rarely watch it now. I don’t remember you for the ‘error’. Thanks for the grit and the good times, Bill. Your passing casts a pall over everything else, today.

“The fans like players who go all out, play hard. I do the best I can. I enjoy playing. That’s all I’ve done.” - Bill Buckner in The Glendale News Press (Grant Gordon. Bill Buckner: Anything but a choke. November 17, 2005)

The Cubs came up just short yesterday afternoon. Al’s recap has the details. Accept no substitutes. Al also has much more Buckner, including a full tribute/remembrance of him coming up at 8 a.m. CT. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.