Bob Buckner

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Bob Buckner was a three-sport athlete at Napa High in 1965 and 1966. Buckner was a guard and team captain on the 1966 basketball team. He was a reserve end and defensive back on the 1964 football team and as a senior on the 1965 football team, Buckner caught six touchdown passes, was the Vallejo Times-Herald Player of the Week and was selected Second Team All-North Bay League. It was in baseball that Buckner excelled at Napa High and later in a successful professional career. At Napa High in 1965, Buckner hit .420 for the North Bay League Championship Indian team and was the All-NBL second baseman. He repeated his All-League honors in 1966 with a .393 average for an Indian nine that repeated as NBL Champions. He was the All-Star second baseman in the Tournament of Champions and was Napa High School’s Athlete of the Year in 1966. After being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1966 and playing two years in West Palm Beach, Florida, Buckner signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and had three successful years in their minor league organization. He played on three league championship teams. In 1968, he was the All-Star second baseman and league-leading base stealer for the Tri-City Atoms in the Northwest League. He was moved to third base in 1969 with the Medford Dodgers, where he was the All-Star third baseman, league-leading hitter with a .348 average and the league’s MVP. In 1970, he was a member of the California League Bakersfield Dodger league champions. Buckner joins his brother, Bill Buckner, as the sixth pair of brothers to be inducted into the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame.