Chicago Tribune

Paul Sullivan: Bill Buckner's legacy goes beyond the fateful grounder in the 1986 World Series

It says a lot about Bill Buckner's character that he became friends with Mookie Wilson, whose slow-rolling grounder went through Buckner's legs and altered the narrative of a stellar major-league career.

Buckner's error, the one that handed the Mets an extra-inning victory over the Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, was the first thing most of us thought about upon learning of his death Monday from Lewy body dementia.

"We developed a relationship that lasted well over 30 years," Wilson

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune5 min read
Chicago 'Black Girl Skate Crew' Offers Skateboard Sisterhood For Women Of Color And Queer Community
CHICAGO - Tuesday nights at Chicago skate parks are long, but exhilarating for the members of froSkate. It's boisterously energetic, but in a mellow, "do you" kind of way. Hugs and smiles go around equally to newcomers and regulars about as often as
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Cubs Lose To Reds 4-2 Despite 13 Strikeouts By Yu Darvish, Falling Into A Tie For The 2nd NL Wild-card Spot
CHICAGO - Yu Darvish discovered he had no margin for error Tuesday well before he embarked on one of his record-setting strikeout performances. Darvish was tagged for three runs in the first inning, which offset his 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to Son
Chicago Tribune4 min read
Lurie Children's Hospital Gives Free Haircuts To Sick Kids, Their Parents: 'A Haircut Is A Little Boost Of Confidence'
CHICAGO - Lying back in a chair with her head in a hair-washing sink, Jeanette Saribekian chatted with the stylist massaging shampoo into her scalp about how she usually goes to the salon with one of her daughters. It's small talk in a small salon, t