Bill Buckner's Game Six baseball glove to sell at Goldin Auctions



2016-10-18 14:35:18

Two historic items from the most infamous mistake in baseball history are up for sale at Goldin Auctions this month.

The baseball glove and cleats were worn by Bill Buckner during Game Six of the 1986 World Series, in which his incredible fielding error cost the Boston Red Sox their first World Series title since 1918.

In 1986, following 68 years of hurt, it looked like the Boston Red Sox were finally ready to banish the 'Curse of the Bambino'.

For generations of fans, the day the team traded babe Ruth to the New York Yankees back in 1920 was the day their chances of a World Series had disappeared.

But this time it was different. The Red Sox were up three games to two against the New York Mets, and leading 5-4 at the bottom of the tenth. The scoreboard at Shea Stadium had even accidentally flashed up the message "Congratulations Boston Red Sox, 1986 World Champions", in preparation for the inevitable.

The Red Sox were one play away from the championship – and then it all fell apart.

With bases loaded, pitcher Bob Stanley threw two strikes against Mookie Wilson, followed by a series of wild balls and fouls – one of which brought Mets batter Kevin Mitchell home to tie the game.

Wilson finally managed to get his bat on the tenth ball, but it was merely a routine single towards first baseman Bill Buckner.

All Buckner had to do was catch the easy ball and close out the runners, but with the eyes of the world watching him, he let the ball go straight between his legs. The Mets' Ray Knight ran in from third to seal an improbably victory and tie the series.

The Red Sox never recovered, and lost Game Seven by eight runs to five. The Curse had struck again, this time harder than ever.

"Some murderers didn't face as much criticism as I did," Buckner would later say. "I couldn't believe it. It's like I did nothing in my career except commit that error."

That error lives on in infamy as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of American sport. In 1992 actor Charlie Sheen purchased the 'Buckner Ball' at auction for $93,000, and 22 years later it sold again at Heritage Auctions – this time for $418,250.

Now Buckner's cleats and glove from Game Six are set to hit the auction block, where together they're expected to fetch more than $30,000.

The Goldin Auctions October Legends sale end on October 29.

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