Bill Buckner Stats

Bill Buckner was born on Wednesday, December 14, 1949, in Vallejo, California. Buckner was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 21, 1969, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bill Buckner baseball stats page.

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"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)

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Bill Buckner Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#292)

Bill Buckner Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#292)

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Birth Name:
William Joseph Buckner
Nickname:
Billy Bucks
Born On:
12-14-1949  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Vallejo, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-27-2019 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Boise, Idaho
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Napa High School (Napa, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-21-1969 (Age 19)
Last Game:
05-30-1990
Draft:
1968 : 2nd Round (25th)

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Bill Buckner Pitching Stats

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Bill Buckner Hitting Stats

1969 20 Dodgers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1970 21 Dodgers 28 68 6 13 3 1 0 0 4 3 1 7 0 0 0 0 .191 .225 .265
1971 22 Dodgers 108 358 37 99 15 1 5 1 41 11 4 18 7 2 5 6 .277 .306 .366
1972 23 Dodgers 105 383 47 122 14 3 5 0 37 17 2 13 3 1 1 13 .319 .348 .410
1973 24 Dodgers 140 575 68 158 20 0 8 0 46 17 5 34 6 5 3 15 .275 .297 .351
1974 25 Dodgers 145 580 83 182 30 3 7 0 58 30 10 24 4 2 4 13 .314 .351 .412
1975 26 Dodgers 92 288 30 70 11 2 6 0 31 17 7 15 4 4 2 11 .243 .286 .358
1976 27 Dodgers 154 642 76 193 28 4 7 0 60 26 6 26 6 5 1 8 .301 .326 .389
1977 28 Cubs 122 426 40 121 27 0 11 0 60 21 2 23 2 7 1 16 .284 .314 .425
1978 29 Cubs 117 446 47 144 26 1 5 0 74 18 5 17 1 5 0 16 .323 .345 .419
1979 30 Cubs 149 591 72 168 34 7 14 1 66 30 6 28 1 4 2 16 .284 .319 .437
1980 31 Cubs 145 578 69 187 41 3 10 0 68 30 11 18 0 6 0 13 .324 .353 .457
1981 32 Cubs 106 421 45 131 35 3 10 0 75 26 9 16 0 5 1 17 .311 .349 .480
1982 33 Cubs 161 657 93 201 34 5 15 0 105 36 7 26 1 10 5 14 .306 .342 .441
1983 34 Cubs 153 626 79 175 38 6 16 0 66 25 5 30 4 5 5 10 .280 .310 .436
1984 35 Cubs 21 43 3 9 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 .209 .239 .209
1984 35 Red Sox 114 439 51 122 21 2 11 2 67 24 5 38 0 3 5 11 .278 .321 .410
1985 36 Red Sox 162 673 89 201 46 3 16 1 110 30 5 36 2 11 2 16 .299 .325 .447
1986 37 Red Sox 153 629 73 168 39 2 18 0 102 40 9 25 0 8 4 25 .267 .311 .421
1987 38 Red Sox 75 286 23 78 6 1 2 0 42 13 1 19 0 5 0 10 .273 .299 .322
1987 38 Angels 57 183 16 56 12 1 3 0 32 9 1 7 1 1 0 3 .306 .337 .432
1988 39 Angels 19 43 1 9 0 0 0 0 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 .209 .271 .209
1988 39 Royals 89 242 18 62 14 0 3 0 34 13 5 19 4 4 0 6 .256 .290 .351
1989 40 Royals 79 176 7 38 4 1 1 0 16 6 2 11 0 1 0 4 .216 .240 .267
1990 41 Red Sox 22 43 4 8 0 0 1 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 .186 .234 .256
22 Years 2,517 9,397 1,077 2,715 498 49 174 5 1,208 450 111 453 47 97 42 247 .289 .321 .408

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Bill Buckner Fielding Stats

1970 Dodgers 1B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1970 Dodgers LF 19 15 414 31 1.6 31 31 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.02
1970 Dodgers RF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1971 Dodgers 1B 11 7 200 76 6.9 76 70 6 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.26
1971 Dodgers LF 4 0 33 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.82
1971 Dodgers RF 82 76 1,992 170 2.1 169 164 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.29
1972 Dodgers 1B 35 31 825 335 9.6 332 311 21 3 28 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.87
1972 Dodgers LF 9 9 228 22 2.4 22 22 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.61
1972 Dodgers RF 52 48 1,300 104 2.0 103 102 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.14
1973 Dodgers 1B 93 87 2,467 940 10.1 938 888 50 2 93 n/a n/a n/a .998 10.27
1973 Dodgers LF 36 34 904 68 1.9 67 67 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.00
1973 Dodgers RF 15 10 280 23 1.5 23 23 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.22
1974 Dodgers 1B 6 5 141 51 8.5 50 49 1 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 9.57
1974 Dodgers LF 134 127 3,393 240 1.8 234 230 4 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.86
1974 Dodgers RF 3 1 57 6 2.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.84
1975 Dodgers LF 72 67 1,689 144 2.0 142 138 4 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.27
1976 Dodgers 1B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1976 Dodgers LF 152 150 4,031 321 2.1 316 309 7 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.12
1976 Dodgers RF 6 3 75 3 0.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.08
1977 Cubs 1B 99 98 2,546 1,034 10.4 1,024 966 58 10 75 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.86
1978 Cubs 1B 105 104 2,697 1,164 11.1 1,158 1,075 83 6 85 n/a n/a n/a .995 11.59
1979 Cubs 1B 140 139 3,651 1,389 9.9 1,382 1,258 124 7 118 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.22
1980 Cubs 1B 94 89 2,325 905 9.6 899 826 73 6 67 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.44
1980 Cubs LF 42 38 1,087 78 1.9 78 74 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.94
1980 Cubs RF 12 11 271 23 1.9 21 20 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .913 2.09
1981 Cubs 1B 105 105 2,798 1,094 10.4 1,077 996 81 17 92 n/a n/a n/a .984 10.39
1982 Cubs 1B 161 161 4,291 1,718 10.7 1,706 1,547 159 12 89 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.73
1983 Cubs 1B 144 136 3,633 1,540 10.7 1,527 1,366 161 13 132 n/a n/a n/a .992 11.35
1983 Cubs LF 15 13 282 23 1.5 23 23 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.20
1984 Cubs 1B 7 5 147 71 10.1 71 66 5 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.04
1984 Cubs LF 2 2 54 6 3.0 6 5 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1984 Red Sox 1B 113 113 2,960 1,085 9.6 1,070 974 96 15 75 n/a n/a n/a .986 9.76
1985 Red Sox 1B 162 162 4,321 1,580 9.8 1,568 1,384 184 12 140 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.80
1986 Red Sox 1B 138 138 3,575 1,238 9.0 1,224 1,067 157 14 104 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.24
1987 Red Sox 1B 74 73 1,862 669 9.0 663 605 58 6 53 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.61
1987 Angels 1B 5 5 114 37 7.4 37 35 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.76
1988 Angels 1B 1 0 3 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 18.00
1988 Royals 1B 21 18 492 173 8.2 172 160 12 1 11 n/a n/a n/a .994 9.44
1989 Royals 1B 24 20 524 197 8.2 194 181 13 3 19 n/a n/a n/a .985 10.00
1990 Red Sox 1B 15 8 244 81 5.4 81 75 6 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.96
1B Totals 1,555 1,504 39,828 15,380 9.9 15,252 13,901 1,351 128 1,200 n/a n/a n/a .992 10.34
LF Totals 485 455 12,115 934 1.9 920 900 20 14 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.05
RF Totals 171 150 3,999 330 1.9 326 319 7 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.20
21 Years 2,211 2,109 55,942 16,644 7.5 16,498 15,120 1,378 146 1,202 n/a n/a n/a .991 7.96

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Bill Buckner Miscellaneous Stats

1969 Dodgers 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1970 Dodgers 0 1 .000 9 0 n/a 0.0 9.7 17.0 - - -
1971 Dodgers 4 1 .800 19 1 n/a 71.6 19.9 8.7 - - -
1972 Dodgers 10 3 .769 13 0 n/a 76.6 29.5 10.4 - - -
1973 Dodgers 12 2 .857 9 0 n/a 71.9 16.9 12.5 - - -
1974 Dodgers 31 13 .705 9 0 n/a 82.9 24.2 10.0 - - -
1975 Dodgers 8 3 .727 22 0 n/a 48.0 19.2 9.3 - - -
1976 Dodgers 28 9 .757 1 0 n/a 91.7 24.7 10.7 - - -
1977 Cubs 7 5 .583 24 0 n/a 38.7 18.5 7.1 - - -
1978 Cubs 7 5 .583 13 0 n/a 89.2 26.2 6.0 - - -
1979 Cubs 9 4 .692 9 0 n/a 42.2 21.1 9.0 - - -
1980 Cubs 1 2 .333 7 0 n/a 57.8 32.1 8.5 - - -
1981 Cubs 5 2 .714 1 0 n/a 42.1 26.3 5.6 - - -
1982 Cubs 15 5 .750 0 0 n/a 43.8 25.3 6.3 - - -
1983 Cubs 12 4 .750 2 0 n/a 39.1 20.9 9.5 - - -
1984 Cubs 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 0.0 43.0 21.5 - - -
1984 Red Sox 2 2 .500 1 0 0 39.9 11.6 6.6 - - -
1985 Red Sox 18 4 .818 0 0 0 42.1 18.7 6.1 - - -
1986 Red Sox 6 4 .600 0 0 15 34.9 25.2 6.2 - - -
1987 Red Sox 1 3 .250 2 0 0 143.0 15.1 6.8 - - -
1987 Angels 1 0 1.000 13 0 39 61.0 26.1 5.7 - - -
1988 Angels 2 0 1.000 9 0 11 0.0 0.0 4.8 - - -
1988 Royals 3 1 .750 28 0 42 80.7 12.7 7.1 - - -
1989 Royals 1 0 1.000 42 0 19 176.0 16.0 11.0 - - -
1990 Red Sox 0 0 .000 14 0 0 43.0 21.5 14.3 - - -
22 Years 183 73 .715 260 1 126 54.0 20.7 7.8 - - -

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Bill Buckner Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 38 Undetermined - -
1970 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1971 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1972 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1973 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - Stats
1975 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 Undetermined - -
1976 Los Angeles Dodgers 22 $78,500.00 - -
1977 Chicago Cubs 22 $100,000.00 - -
1978 Chicago Cubs 22 $155,000.00 - -
1979 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined - -
1980 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined - -
1981 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined Stats -
1982 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined - -
1983 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined - -
1984 Chicago Cubs 22 Undetermined - -
1984 Boston Red Sox 16 Undetermined - -
1985 Boston Red Sox 6 $747,500.00 - -
1986 Boston Red Sox 6 $785,000.00 - Stats
1987 Boston Red Sox 6 $366,667.00 - -
1987 California Angels 6 "     " - -
1988 California Angels 6 $400,000.00 - -
1988 Kansas City Royals 14 "     " - -
1989 Kansas City Royals 14 $400,000.00 - -
1990 Boston Red Sox 22 $390,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Bill Buckner was the ninth batting champion from the Chicago Cubs , joining Ross Barnes (.429 in 1876 ), George Gore (.360 in 1880 ), Cap Anson (.399 in 1881 ), King Kelly (.354 in 1884 & .388 in 1886 ), Heinie Zimmerman (.372 in 1912 ), Phil Cavarretta (.355 in 1945 ), Billy Williams (.333 in 1972 ) and Bill Madlock (.354 in 1975 & .339 in 1976 ). From that elite set of batting champions , only Gore , Cavarretta , Williams and Buckner were left-handed hitters, and no Cubs ' lefty since Buckner has ever won a batting title .

Did you know that Bill Buckner had a 100-RBI season in both the American ( 1985 & 1986 ) and National League ( 1982 )? Those in the "club" when Buckner joined in 1985 were, Dick Allen , Bobby Bonds , Jeff Burroughs , Sam Crawford , Frank Howard , Nap Lajoie , Lee May , Tony Perez , Frank Robinson , Ken Singleton , Rusty Staub , Dick Stuart , and Richie Zisk .

When Bill Buckner hung up his cleats on May 30, 1990 , he had played Major League Baseball in four different decades, debuting during the 1960s, retiring in the 1990s, one of only nineteen players in baseball history (at that time). [ 4 Decade Players ]

Bill Buckner played in 1,555 regular season games at first base across those four decades and committed only 128 errors (and he was involved in 1,200 double plays). He is, however, unfairly remembered for committing one infamous error during the 1986 World Series.



Mets Win Game 6 on Mookie Wilson's Grounder That Goes Through Bill Buckner's Legs

In 1985 , Bill Buckner played (and started) in all 162 games at first base, only the second American League player in baseball history to field (and start) all 162 games at first, behind Norm Siebern - Buckner was the first from the Red Sox , a durability feat not matched in Boston since Buckner. His 184 assists shattered the AL single season record for assists by a first baseman , once held by Mickey Vernon who had 155 and held the record since 1949 . No first baseman in the junior circuit has surpassed the record set by Buckner in 1985 .

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