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THE ACTUAL BALL THAT
WENT THROUGH BILL BUCKNER’S LEGS in the 1986 WORLD SERIES
This October 25th marks the 25th
anniversary of the THE PLAY, the most famous (or infamous) play in
sports history, according to a 2006 ESPN poll of hundreds of thousands
THE BALL is being made available in this one-time, one-item
going through Buckner’s legs, THE BALL was picked up by rightfield
umpire Ed Montague who marked it with an “x”. He then gave it to N.Y.
Mets Traveling Secretary Arthur Richmond, who handed it to Mookie Wilson
who wrote on THE BALL: “To Arthur, The ball won it for us (signed)
Mookie Wilson 10-25-86”.
BALL was then kissed by many of the jubilant Mets players accounting
for the tobacco juice stain on THE BALL. THE BALL is accompanied by
signed letters by Umpire Montague, Secretary Richmond and Mookie Wilson.
In 1992, Charlie Sheen payed a then record-breaking price for THE BALL... $93,500!
It was bought by pop songwriter Seth Swirsky in April, 2000 where it has been since. The underbidder both times was Keith Olbermann.
moment transcends baseball; it’s part of the American culture. Everyone
remembers where they were when this play occurred. In early September,
2011, Larry David, on his show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” had Bill Buckner
on as a guest. In the episode, Buckner drops a ball Larry throws to him.
The very next day, Buckner’s old team, the Red Sox (who had a 9-game
lead in the wild card race, with 18 games to play) started their
historic losing streak that got them bounced from the playoffs on the
last day of the season. The folklore of THE CURSE lives on! THE CURSE,
that Buckner helped continue with his boot in the ’86 World Series, has
started anew in Boston.
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