Bill Buckner Dies: Ex-Baseball Star Who Rectified Infamous World Series Error On ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Was 69

Bill Buckner, a longtime baseball star who spoofed his crucial late-career World Series error on Curb Your Enthusiasm, died today. Sportswriter Jeremy Schaap tweeted that Buckner's widow Jody said had been suffering from Lewy body dementia. He was 69.
Many fans, especially younger ones at the time who were unfamiliar with his long career, made him a pariah until and after Buckner retired in 1990. Still, he was remembered for The Error.
It would become his legacy — which was unfair for a player who had won a batting title, had a career .289 average and played in the All-Star Game. While playing left field for the Dodgers in April 1974, he pursued Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run as it sailed over the fence.
David later runs into Buckner and asks how he has dealt with people who still hold that error against him. The ex-player tells him people eventually forgave him — but passersby continue to call him out over it.
Decades later, Buckner would make a life-saving play as the hero of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode. Buckner played for five teams, during his 22-year career, amassing 2,715 hits, but sadly is best remembered for his error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that led to the New York Mets coming back to beat the Boston Red Sox in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win Game 7 and the championship.
The ball skipped through Buckner's legs, allowing the tying and winning runs to score. The Sox got the first two Mets out but then gave up three consecutive singles and a run. With Vin Scully calling the game for NBC, Mookie Wilson then hit a slow grounder toward first base at Buckner, who was nearing the end of his career at 36 and had dodgy knees. It is written in baseball lore as one of the sport's most infamous errors. Buckner's Red Sox were leading 5-3 going into the bottom of the tenth inning at Shea Stadium on October 25, 1986, and were three outs away from the franchise's first World Series win since 1918.
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Buckner leaps into action, sprints over and makes a diving catch to save the kid and, just maybe, get a modicum of redemption. A woman cries from a top floor to save her baby. She does, the kid hits the rescue net — and proceeds to bounce off of it and toward the pavement. Firefighters put out a trampoline to catch the infant as Larry and the crowd implore her to drop the child. The episode ends with David coming across an apartment fire, where Buckner is among the onlookers. He is carried off on the crowd's shoulders.
In it, David lets a ball get by him during a championship softball game that costs his team the game. He later talks about how he emphasizes with Buckner because of how so many people hate him. Noted baseball fan Larry David, creator and star of the HBO comedy, co-wrote the 2011 "Mister Softee" episode that featured a memorable guest role for Buckner. Fast-forward 25 years to Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
It was good-sport Buckner's only acting credit.” />

World Series Goes Dark Via DirecTV in Phoenix, Outraging Fans

DirecTV has not yet reported the cause of the technical problems. So far, other markets outside of Phoenix appear to be unaffected.
Boston leads the Series two games to none. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to take the World Series, making this practically a make or break game for the Dodgers.″ />
Baseball fans on Twitter were livid on Friday night, as DirecTV in Phoenix experienced technical difficulties that took the service offline in the 10th inning of the World Series.

The teams remained tied into the 11th inning. Fox Sports leaped into the breach, reminding fans that a live stream was available on the Fox Sports app.The crucial game three of the Series saw the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers tied at 1-1 when DirecTV went down.

World Series Game 3 TV Ratings Stumble To Low, But Fox Deportes, Fox Digital Up

Up against the Houston Astros’ triumph over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the 2017 World Series on October 27 of that year, last night’s match-up stumbled nearly 10% in the tally from 56 markets across the nation. Perhaps too much of a grind for all but the most hardcore of Red Sox and Dodgers supporters, that result is down just over 4% in the early numbers from October 24’s Game 2 to hit a low for the series so far.
What an incredible way to end the night in front of the best fans. #LADetermined Thanks for staying up with us!
We'll update with more ratings from last night's historic Game 3 and the rest of the primetime offerings later as they come in.
Last night’s 5 PM PT starting Game 3 of the 2018 World Series snared a 9.5/20 rating in the metered markets.
EARLIER: Clocking in at a stunning seven hours and 20 minutes with 18 innings, Game 3 of the 2018 World Series made history last night as the longest fall classic ever.
CBS's McGyver did an 0.6/3 and 5.86 million viewers in the same period. Elsewhere in Friday ratings, the annual appearance of the animated classic It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, did well for ABC, scoring an 0.0/4 ratings share and 3.86 million viewers in the 8 PM slot.
In the 9 PM slot, Hawaii Five-O on CBS did an 0.7/3 ratings share and 6.87 million total viewers.
In a town that loves to go large, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-2 at home victory over the Boston Red Sox also beat the previous World Series record of most innings in a single game. With over 53,110 fans in a packed Dodger Stadium, the match-up with the leading Red Sox saw the boys in blue finally get back in the game to garner their first win of the competition so far.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 27, 2018
UPDATE:  The 18-inning drama between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night goosed the World Series ratings on two Fox platforms.
Hoping the momentum holds for the hometown boys, Game 4 starts tonight in LA just after 5 PM PT. It almost goes without saying but what the Hell – Go Dodgers!
While television scored 13,251,000 fans for prime time –  down 4% from Game 2 – Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Digital celebrated increases.
Fox Deportes achieved its most-watched Game 3 in network history with 462,000 viewers, while Fox Sports Digital scored an average minute streaming audience of 176,000, up 36% over 2017's 129,000 viewers.
The Boston-played and Red sox winning three-hour primetime Game 2 of this year delivered 13.46 million viewers with a 3.3/15 rating among the 18-49s in the final numbers for the Rupert Murdoch owned network. That three hour and 46-minute-long near Halloween game of last year in a series that ultimately saw Houston take home their first World Series championship ended up with a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers.
Wrapping up the prime time night, Blue Bloods on CBS did an 0.7/3 and 7.79 million total viewers, crushing its competition.” />
However, despite one dramatic turn after another on the field and Max Muncy living the dream with that walk-off homer well after midnight PT at the bottom of the 18th, the ratings for Fox did not hold out as long as the fans on Friday.