Sports World Mourns Loss of Buckner and Starr

Sports World Mourns Loss of Buckner and Starr

By Jared Cohen and Jason Sanfilippo

Two sports legends, legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr, and legendary Red Sox first baseman Billy Buckner both died with one day of each other.

Born in 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama, Starr is still the only player to lead a team to three consecutive Lombardi trophies, as he led the Green Bay Packers to a historic three year run from 1965-1967.

Starr was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977 shortly after his playing career ended in 1971.

He then went on to coach the Green Bay Packers from 1975-1983. Starr died surrounded by his family at age 85 on May 26, 2019.

Legendary baseball player Buckner also died at the age of 69 after suffering from dementia on May 27.   He is a Major League legend that is known for the wrong reason. In the 1986 World Series, the Boston Red Sox were one out away from winning the World Series for the first time since 1918. A ground ball in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 of that series went under the legs of Buckner, allowing the winning run to score. The Red Sox would then lose that game in its seventh game.

Besides that moment, Buckner had an outstanding career and should be remembered more for his 22-year long career where he collected 2,715 hits and sits 65th all-time in hits.