Most often remembered for his American League East Division title-securing homerun for the New York Yankees against the Boston Red Sox in the 1978 tie-breaking game, Bucky Dent excelled when the games mattered most. A lifetime .247 hitter over the course of his 12-year career, Dent smacked that three-run home run for the Yankees in Game 163 and then batted .333 throughout the postseason, including a .417 mark with seven runs batted in in the Yankees six-game World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For his production Dent was awarded the Series’ Most Valuable Player. Dent was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox sixth overall in the 1970 amateur draft out of Miami-Dade College, with whom he debuted in 1973 as a 21 year old. In 1974 Dent became the starting shortstop for the White Sox and finished second in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting. After two more seasons in Chicago, which included an All-Star nod, Dent was traded to the Yankees at the beginning of the 1977 season.
Dent went on to spend six seasons in New York as the Yankees shortstop, where he won backto-back World Series in 1977 and 1978, and also made two more All-Star Teams in 1980 and 1981. Following his Yankees tenure Dent spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers and one with Kansas City Royals before he retired after the 1984 season. Dent quickly reemerged in baseball as a manager in the Yankees minor league ranks.
He also managed the New York Yankees for parts of two seasons in 1989 and 1990, and then served on the coaching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals under manager Joe Torre from 1991 to 1994, and under Johnny Oates with the Texas Rangers from 1995 to 2001. Dent did not stray far from the game following his retirement from coaching when he opened his own baseball school in South Florida, where he currently resides today. Years prior Dent and his late wife, Marianne, established the non-profit organization Legends on the Links to support and raise money for those affected by illness and cancer.
In 2015, after Marianne passed away from brain cancer herself, Dent continued the initiative she started through Legends on the Links, called Embraced with Love. The initiative, which provides cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment with blankets for warmth and comfort in a time of need, continues today.
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