Yankees shortstop in the 1970s who destroyed 1978 Red Sox championship hopes
Loved by Yankee fans, loathed by Red Sox fans, Bucky Dent will always be remembered as a central player in the Yankee's championship history. He was a three-time American League All-Star and played on two Yankees World Championship teams.
Bucky became a household name, and a thorn in the side of all Red Sox fans, when he shocked Boston with a three-run home run over The Wall at Fenway Park in the 1978 Divisional Playoff game against the Red Sox, one of the most tragic moments in Red Sox history. Bucky went on to be named the1978 World Series MVP, having helped the Yankees to win their second-straight championship. Currently, Bucky is back for his second season as manager of the Yankee's Class AAA Columbus Clippers.
In his playing career, Bucky compiled a .247 average in 1,392 games over 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1973-76), the New York Yankees (1977-82), Texas (1982-83), and Kansas City (1984). He was a three-time A.L. all-star (1975-80-81), had a career fielding percentage of .976 and led A.L. shortstops in fielding three times: in 1975 (.981), 1980 (.982), and 1983 (.979). In 1978, Bucky hit the legendary game winning three-run homer in the 7th inning off Boston's Mike Torrez in the A.L. East playoff game at Fenway Park. He went on to bat .417 and hit safely in all 6 games against Los Angeles to earn the World Series MVP honors.
Bucky's favorite team as a youngster was the New York Yankees, and his favorite player was Mickey Mantle. He and his wife, the former Marianne Seywent, were married on November 1, 1985. They have four children.
NOTE: This bio appeared in the February 17, 2005 program for our "Yankees vs. Red Sox, Red Sox vs.Yankees" Forum.
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