Bill Buckner

First Base

1969—1990

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
NR
First Base RANK
NR

Player Detail

William Joseph
GIVEN NAME
Buckner
SURNAME
December 14, 1949, in Vallejo, CA
BORN
May 27, 2019, in Boise, ID, USA
DIED
1969—1990
Playing Career
Played from 19-40
PLAYING AGE
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago Cubs
Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals
Teams Played For
First Base
PRIMARY POSITION
Chicago Cubs
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
Billy Buck
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
UNKNOWN
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 185
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Left
BATTED / THREW
September 21, 1969
Major League Debut
May 30, 1990
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Bill Buckner?

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.

60

HITTING

50

POWER

50

RUNNING

40

FIELDING

40

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2517
2715
174
1208
.289
1 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.289
.321
.408

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.729
.772
94.8

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
15.4
52.3

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Bill Buckner Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Buckner
562
162
64
30
3
10
72
27
27
11
229
192
.289
.321
.408
729
AVG 1B
530
143
69
25
3
18
91
59
81
6
227
206
.270
.344
.428
.772

Bill Buckner Rankings

AT First Base BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
NR
159
NR
NR
66
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT First Base BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
NR
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Bill Buckner PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
14.8
16.1
9.5
9.5
0.95
62.1
42.4
30.7
21.0
5.09
BLUE = Bill Buckner
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
226.7
124.9
80.3
62.9
14.5
348.1
202.5
145.2
97.0
26.5
BLUE = Bill Buckner
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME 1B

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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