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The New Buckner

June 25, 2007
June 25, 2007

Table of Contents
June 25, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Pro Basketball
GOLF
BASEBALL
TENNIS
Jason Taylor

The New Buckner

All-Star offspring: Every goat has a kid

WHO
Bobby Buckner, a switch--hitting shortstop who hit .405 his senior year at Boise (Idaho) High and will play next year for baseball power Texas. On June 4 he played in the High School All-American game and went 1 for 3.

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HIS NAME MIGHT SOUND FAMILIAR BECAUSE ...
his father, Bill, an All-Star, had 2,715 hits in 22 major league seasons and led the NL in batting in 1980. Also, Game 6 (above).

BIG BREAK
Bobby learned to switch-hit as a sophomore when he broke his wrist during a sliding drill. Swinging with his off hand, he worked out from the left side of the plate to pass time.

CLUTCH MOMENTS
During a state tournament game his junior year, Bobby saved a potential winning run with a diving stop of a grounder, and also hit a home run to tie the game. Says Boise coach Jeff Hultberg, "That's when he started to piece it together."

HIS DAD SAYS ...
of Bobby's playing ball, "It's his choice. He wanted to play on a high level so I was able to tell him what he needed to do."

BOBBY'S WORST FIELDING PERFORMANCE
In an American Legion game last summer, "I had three errors and we fell apart," he says. "But you've got to have a short-term memory. If you remember a game like that, you're not going to be able to field grounders the next time."

ABOUT HIS DAD'S FAMOUS ERROR IN 1986
Bobby says, "I never hear about it. My friends are all athletes and they know that stuff can happen at any time. I played against a kid in the-All-American game [Howard Johnson's son Glen] whose dad was on the '86 Mets. We didn't talk about it though."

BILL ON BOBBY AND THE E-3 LEGACY
"He knows it's not his problem, it's the media's problem. He's a great player and a great kid. He's smart enough to know that one play doesn't make a career. Even if it did, we weren't even ahead at the time. It's a waste of time to talk about now."

The Pop Culture Grid

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How do sports stars fit in?One person I'm dying to have in my fiveBest song of summerLast gadget you boughtFavorite play or musicalClosest thing I have to a famous relativeBigger Freak: Criss Angel or David Blaine
BILL HALL Brewers, CFMeagan GoodBig Things Poppin (T.I.)A laptop computerI've never seen oneMy mother, VergieDavid Blaine
MARTIN TRUEX JR. NASCAR driverI've already got them allHome (Daughtry)XBOX 360Never been to one. I only do moviesMy dad. He's a legend in the seafood businessCriss Angel, by far
SOPHIA YOUNG Silver Stars, FTony ParkerIrreplaceable (Beyoncé, top)I upgraded to a new iPodThe Lion King on BroadwayVenus Williams, my sister from another mother and fatherCriss Angel
REGGIE WILLITS Angels, CFNobodySummertime (Kenny Chesney)A PSPI don't think I've ever seen oneMy sister Wendi. She played for the L.A. SparksI don't know either of those guys
PHOTOSTAN GROSSFELD/BOSTON GLOBE/AP (BILL BUCKNER)PHOTOJOE JASZEWSKI/THE IDAHO STATESMAN (BOB BUCKNER PLAYING)PHOTOLISA M. COLLARD/THE IDAHO STATESMAN (BOB BUCKNER HEADSHOT)PHOTOJEFF HANISCH/US PRESSWIRE (HALL)PHOTOSAM SHARPE (TRUEX)PHOTORON HOSKINS/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (YOUNG)PHOTOKIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (WILLITS)PHOTOGREG NELSON (PARKER)PHOTOJO HALE/GETTY IMAGES (BEYONCE)PHOTOMATTHEW PEYTON/GETTY IMAGES (ANGEL)TWO PHOTOS