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Buckner deserves some peace

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:15 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

Editor's note: This column appears in the Oct. 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

When Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson started signing baseball items together, I nearly threw up in my mouth. Buckner and Mookie doing the Ralph Branca-Bobby Thomson routine? How could Buckner profit from the most famous gaffe in World Series history, a blunder that shattered a region and defined a star-crossed franchise? As a reader asked, shouldn't the Son of Sam law apply here?

I mentioned this heinous ...

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