Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner

Star
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM:
Always banged up, but never begged out of the lineup. Buckner was odd man out with the Dodgers, having matured through their system with childhood buddy Bobby Valentine, as well as Davey Lopes and Steve Garvey. The Dodgers picked Garvey over Buckner, and dealt him to Cubs for Rick Monday. In Chicago, Billy Buck won a batting title, but wore out his welcome when he complained about splitting time at first base. He was traded to Boston in a famous deal that sent Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs, but in a Red Sox uniform, Buckner was destined to became a legendary goat. For some ungodly reason, despite the fact that Buckner had papier-mâché ankles and terrible range, Boston’s John McNamara left him in the game in Game Six of the 1986 World Series with Boston clinging to a lead. Buckner let a grounder go through his legs, and the Mets stormed back to force a game seven. Curses, indeed.

primary position

First Base

primary team

Chicago Cubs

playing career

1969—1990

nickname

Billy Buck

Born

December 14, 1949, in Vallejo, CA

died

May 27, 2019, in Boise, ID, USA

bats / throws

Left / Left

height / weight

6-0 / 185

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Bill Buckner
Average HOF 1B
Hitting
60
Power
50
Running
50
Fielding
40
Throwing
40
*The Scouting Grades are based on performance in the Major Leagues, not predictive skills typically placed on prospects.
SCOUTING SCALE
80 = Elite
70 = Excellent
60 = Above Average
50 = MLB Average
40 = Below Average
30 = Inferior
20 = Poor
Famous World Series moment
UNIFORM NUMBER
Not in our database
BATTING ORDER
Not in our database
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT
9-21-1969
FINAL GAME
5-30-1990
CAREER AGE
19-40
MEMBER OF WORLD CHAMPIONS
None
WAR
Win Shares

WAR

14.8

career value

WAR7

16.1

long peak

WAR5C

9.5

prime

WAR3

9.5

short peak
Average HOF 1B

66.5

Career Wins Above Replacement
Average HOF 1B

42.5

war in best 7 seasons
Average HOF 1B

30.5

war in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 1B

20.9

WAR in best 3 seasons

WIN SHARES

226.7

career value

WIN shares 7

124.9

long peak

Win SHares 5C

80.3

prime

Win SHares 3

62.9

short peak
Average HOF 1B

348.1

Career Win Shares
Average HOF 1B

202.5

Win SHares In best 7 seasons
Average HOF 1B

142.5

Win shares in best 5 consecutive
Average HOF 1B

97.0

Win Shares in best 3 seasons

Position

NR

First Base

ERA AT HIS POSITION

#31

1969—1990

All-Time

NR

POsition Players
#66
BILL JAMES POSITION
UNRANKED
BILL JAMES TOP 100
#159
HALL OF STATS POSITION
UNRANKED
JOE POSNANSKI TOP 100
UNRANKED
JAWS POSITION
UNRANKED
JAWS TOP 100
.289
Batting Average
.321
On-Base Percentage
.408
Slugging Percentage
11
home runs per season
12
Stolen Bases per season