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.