(CelebrityAccess) Bill Buckner, 69, former baseball star known unfortunately for an error that cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series, died this morning from Lewy body dementia.
Buckner’s error became part of the social fabric of the United States. He once spoofed the error on the Larry David television series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and was even the basis of a movie starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. and written by Don DeLillo called “Game 6.”
Just got off the phone with Jody Buckner, who called to me that her husband, the great Bill Buckner, one of the finest men I’ve known, died this morning. She wanted to share this statement: “After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, (cont.)
— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) May 27, 2019
Buckner had been put onto the field during Game Six of the World Series in 1996 only to see a ground ball slip beneath his glove and ultimately costing his ill-cursed team a chance to take home the World Series trophy. He eventually played for teams like the California Angels, Kansas City Royals and again for the Sox before retiring in 1990.