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May 10, 1994|Times staff writer David W. Myers catches up with former Dodgers and Angels


Buckner might be forever remembered for letting a ground ball get through his legs, costing the Boston Red Sox a Game 6 victory that would have ended the 1986 World Series, but Dodger fans won't forget the eight years he spent in Los Angeles (1969-76), either.

The left-handed outfielder and first baseman's team-leading .314 batting average in 1974 helped the club win its first National League championship in eight seasons. And only four other Dodgers have topped his .289 lifetime mark with the Los Angeles franchise.

"Billy Bucks," 44, lives in Idaho and is a roving batting instructor in Toronto's minor league system.


Technically, Hassler is the only Angel to have had three separate tours with the club. He made his major league pitching debut in Anaheim at 19 in 1971, spent the next season in the minors, then played for the Angels from 1973-76 and again from 1980-83.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander threw a one-hitter against the White Sox in '74--although he lost, 1-0, on an unearned run--and was the team's ERA leader in three seasons. But he also lost a club-record 17 consecutive decisions in 1975-76.

Used as both a starter and reliever over his 14-year career, he retired in 1985 with a 44-71 lifetime mark. Hassler, 42, lives in Arizona and dabbles in real estate.

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