Another one of my favorite stories about Billy Buckner:
Here is my story that aired the other day on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
Bill Buckner, who was leading the league in hitting, hated Lloyd Allen. They must have had problems in high school because Buckner hated this guy, and he hated Buckner.
The visiting team’s bullpen was right behind our bench on first base. Buckner, who played first base, would tell our infielders to throw the ball really high with the hopes that he couldn’t catch it and it would hit Lloyd Allen sitting in the bullpen.
Now we graduate from the rookie league and we are in triple-A. Allen is set to pitch the game. I am on the line for the National Anthem with Bobby Valentine as the leadoff hitter and Buckner hitting second. Valentine was on my left and Buckner was on my right, and Allen was on the mound.
Buckner looked at me and said, “I’m going to hit him the head and kill him.”
I thought he was goofy.
God be my judge when I tell you this. Allen threw him a fastball and where do you think Buckner hit it? He hit a line drive that hit Allen right on the top of his head.
Allen was down on the ground, and as Buckner was running down to first base I could hear him hollering at Allen, “Die, die, die.”
That’s Buckner. That’s how he played the game.