Former Cub Bill Buckner passes away at age 69 after battling dementia

Former Cubs first baseman Bill Buckner passed away Monday after battling dementia. He was 69 years old.
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Former Cubs first baseman Bill Buckner passed away Monday after a battling dementia. He was 69 years old.

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Buckner played 22 MLB seasons, including eight with the Cubs from 1977-1984. Not only was he an All-Star in 1981, but he won the National League batting title in 1980 with a .324 average. Buckner also led the NL in doubles (35) in 1981 and tied for the lead in 1983 with 38. He hit .300 in 974 games with the Cubs, racking up 1,136 hits

The Cubs released a statement expressing their sympathies.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Buckner, a great ballplayer and beloved member of the Cubs family," Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said in a press release. "Bill's remarkable 22-year-career included eight years with the Cubs during which he won a batting title in 1980 and earned an All-Star appearance in 1981.

"After his playing days, Bill served as a valued member of our player development staff and was a fan favorite during his appearances at our Cubs Conventions. On behalf of the Cubs organization, I extend our sympathies to Bill's family and his many friends."

Buckner spent the first eight seasons of his career (1969-1976) with the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Cubs acquired him ahead of the 1977 season. The Cubs traded him to  the Red Sox in May 1984; he spent five seasons with the Red Sox (1984-1987, 1990), also playing for the California Angels (1987-88) and the Kansas City Royals (1989). He finished his career with a .289 average.

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