Buddin, the regular Red Sox shortstop in 1956 and 1958-61, was often the target of
Fenway Park fans because of his erratic fielding. He led AL shortstops in errors
in '58 and '59. Only a fair hitter, he had 12 homers in '59 and a career-high BA
of .263 in 1961, the season before the Sox traded him to Houston for Eddie Bressoud.
Buechele became the Rangers' third baseman when Buddy Bell was traded to Cincinnati
in mid-1985. A competent fielder and a righthanded hitter with some power, his failure
to hit righthanded pitchers made him one of the players most pinch-hit-for in 1987.
He roomed with quarterback John Elway at Stanford.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 11, 1959: Boston SS Don Buddin cracks a 10th inning grand slam, off reliever Bob Turley, to give the Red Sox an 8–4 win over New York. Turley replaced Bronstad, who took over when Ryne Duren and Yogi Berra are tossed by ump Summers.
»June 11, 1960: At Fenway, the White Sox set an American League record with just seven assists in a twi-night doubleheader split against the Red Sox, losing 5–4 and winning 8–4. With two assists in the first game and five in the 2nd, Chicago also sets an AL record for fewest assists in two consecutive games. Don Buddin hits a leadoff home run in the day game off Early Wynn, who allows just one more hit till the 6th. After a Runnels single, Wynn knocks down Williams with an inside pitch. Ted then belts his 497th homer, a 450-foot shot. Wertz follows a walk to Williams in the 8th with a home run.
»June 30, 1960:
At Fenway, SS Don Buddin pulls some fancy footwork to lead the Bosox to a win against the Tigers. With the score tied in the 8th, Buddin is caught in a rundown between 3B and home, but he eludes Detroit catcher Red Wilson to score. Wilson argues that Buddin left the baseline, and earns a rejection by Red Flaherty for his views. The Red Sox score three more runs and win, 11–7. Ted Williams has a home run, off Bunning, and Colavito answers with two homers.