The Buckner Ball
This is the baseball that went through Bill Buckner's
legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, allowing the
New York Mets to go on to win the championship. With
the Mets one strike away from defeat, Gary Carter and Kevin
Mitchell singled. Then, Ray Knight singled to make the
score 5-4. Next, came the Mets' speedy centerfielder, Mookie
Wilson. Down to his last strike, he fouled off pitch
after pitch. Then, Bob Stanley threw a wild pitch and
Wilson hit a bounding ball up the first line, but, as first baseman Buckner waited
for the ball to come up, it stayed down, skipping under
his legs. Ray Knight scored, the Mets had the game
and, soon after, the series.
When the ball skipped under Buckner's glove and went into
right field, it was picked up by umpire Ed Montague. Later
on, to help identify the ball, he put a small "X" on it.
He then gave the ball to Arthur Richman.