Yearbook, Oct. 25: Bill Buckner's error

October, 25, 2012
Oct. 25, 1986: The event is so infamous it needs little explanation. So here goes: On this day 26 years ago, Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner committed an error -- albeit one that merely contributed to, rather than caused, the cursed team from New England's fall from a sure World Series-winning position to one of heartbreak.

It happened in the 10th inning of Game 6 at Shea Stadium, after reliever Calvin Schiraldi had gotten the first two hitters out with the Sox leading the New York Mets 5-3 that night and 3-2 in the series. Then things started to unravel -- a hit here, a run there, then a pitching change and a wild pitch -- until everything was tied with Mookie Wilson coming to the plate and Ray Knight on second.

Then, well, the Buckner play happened. Then a Game 7 loss. Then another 17 years without a World Series title. But as time went by, things got a bit more positive for the beleaguered first baseman -- complete with a key role in a 2011 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode.

Mookie Wilson during the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red SoxRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesWilson, during the hit.
Bill Buckner making his error against the New York Mets in the 1986 World SeriesStan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesBuckner, after the ball went through his legs.
Bill Buckner against the New York Mets in the 1986 World SeriesAP Photo/Rusty KennedyBuckner, after the play.
Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson, years after the 1986 World SeriesAP Photo/Ron FrehmBuckner and Wilson, in 2001.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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