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Former Spokane Indians standout Bill Buckner dies at 69

Bill Buckner, whose 2,715 career hits rank second only to Carlos Beltran among former Spokane Indians who played in the major leagues, has died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia, his family said in a statement.

Jack Spring, former major league pitcher, dies

Jack Russell Spring, a left hander who pitched in the same bullpen as Satchel Paige and against Mickey Mantle before returning home and coaching West Valley to the Spokane area’s only state high school baseball championship in 1978, died on Sunday. He was 82.

Buckner ball nets $418K

The baseball that rolled through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series was sold at auction Friday for $418,250. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the ball was sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The sale price includes the buyer’s premium. Buckner is remembered by most for his error at Shea Stadium that night when Mookie Wilson’s grounder rolled through his legs, allowing the New York Mets to cap a two-out rally in Game 6 with a victory in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win the Series and Boston’s championship drought that dated to 1918 last another 18 years, until 2004. – AP