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MLB All-Star player Bill Buckner dies at 69

Bill Buckner, the Major League Baseball All-Star who recorded 2,715 hits over 22 seasons, died Monday after battling Lewy body dementia. He was 69.

Buckner started with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969, and went on to play with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals. In 1981, Buckner was named an All-Star, and he was in the Top 25 in Most Valuable Player voting five times.

In the 1986 World Series, Buckner famously made an error that cost the Red Sox Game 6: A ground ball hit to him at first base went through his legs, and the New York Mets went on to win the game and ultimately the series. In a statement, the Red Sox said that his teammates "long argued that Buckner was unfairly maligned, and before the 2008 home opener, in an emotional pregame ceremony, Red Sox fans accorded Buckner a long and heartfelt ovation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch."