Former MLB Player Bill Buckner Dies After Battle With Dementia

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Former MLB Player Bill Buckner Dies After Battle With Dementia
​Buckner's wife said in a statement he "fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life."
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Former Major League Baseball player Bill Buckner died Monday. He was 69.

Buckner's family said in a statement that the former All-Star and first baseman died surrounded by his family after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. 

Buckner had a long and successful career in the MLB, but his claim to fame as a ball player came in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. As an infielder for then"cursed" Boston Red Sox, Buckner missed a routine play — the ball bounced right through his legs, and his team lost the series. 

In a statement to ESPN, his wife said Buckner "fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life."

Buckner is survived by his wife, Jody, and three children.