Former MLB first baseman Bill Buckner died on Monday at the age of 69, his family announced.
"After battling the disease of Lew Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family," Buckner's wife, Jody, told ESPN in a statement. "Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in his life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Buckner played 22 seasons in the majors with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals and was an All-Star in 1981.
He is perhaps best remembered for his error in the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox when Mookie Wilson hit a dribbler in the 10th inning that went through Buckner's legs, scoring Ray Knight to win the game and force a Game 7.
The Mets would go on to to win Game 7 and the World Series while the Red Sox' drought continued until they won in 2004.
Buckner's gaffe lived in infamy and overshadowed what was a solid MLB career. He finished his career with 2,715 career hits and was a lifetime .289 hitter, winning a batting title in 1980 when he hit .324.