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What if … Buckner had fielded the ball cleanly?

Updated: October 24, 2008, 9:42 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

GAME 6, 1986 WORLD SERIES

What really happened: The Red Sox were one measly out away from winning their first World Series since 1918. They'd scored twice in the top of the 10th inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Mets. In the bottom of the 10th, the first two Mets were retired on fly balls. One out away.

But then Gary Carter singled. So did pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell, and then Ray Knight singled to plate Carter. Reliever Bob Stanley replaced Calvin Schiraldi on the mound, and Mookie ...

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