Bill Buckner, the former Boston Red Sox first baseman best known for a fielding error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, is returning to professional baseball.
Buckner, 61, will manage the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League in 2011, the team said on its website. Financial terms weren’t revealed.
Buckner, who had a 22-year Major League Baseball career with five teams, is remembered most for a misplay in the 10th inning of the sixth game of the Series against the New York Mets almost 25 years ago. With a man on second base in a 5-5 game, Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson hit a slow two-out ground ball down the first-base line that rolled through Buckner’s legs and into right field. The game-winning run scored on the error, and the Mets won the franchise’s second World Series two days later.
A career .289 hitter, Buckner was a National League All-Star with the Chicago Cubs in 1981, a year after leading the league in hitting. Buckner hit 174 homers in his career, drove in 100 runs three times and accumulated a .991 fielding percentage.
Buckner was a hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox in 1996 and 1997. The Rox, entering their 10th season, play in Brockton, Massachusetts, 25 miles (40 km) outside Boston.