Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yearbook, Oct. 25: Bill Buckner's error
By Patrick Dorsey
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.