Buckner baseball that dashed Boston Red Sox' 1986 dream sold

Fri May 4, 2012 8:17pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Marice Richter

DALLAS (Reuters) - The baseball that broke the hearts of Boston Red Sox fans when it rolled through first baseman Bill Buckner's legs during the 1986 World Series sold to an anonymous bidder for $418,250 at auction on Friday, the auction house said.

Buckner's error on a routine ground ball in Game 6 of the series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York was widely blamed for costing the Red Sox a chance to win what would have been the team's first championship in 68 years.

The Mets scored the winning run on the play and went on to win Game 7 for the title.

"This is the very ball bungled by the star Red Sox first baseman in what is considered by many the most famous single play in American sports history," said Chris Ivy, director of sports memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.

The ball was part of the extensive collection owned previously by pop music songwriter Seth Swirsky.

"The ball represents the best and worst anyone can feel in a single moment in baseball," Swirsky said. "It's about a moment in time, in the 80s, that everyone, and especially baseball fans, remember."

The Red Sox went on to win World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.

Swirsky has been a collector of baseball memorabilia since 1994. He offered his entire collection for sale through Heritage Auctions.   Continued...

Former Boston Red Sox player Bill Buckner waves as he takes to the field during the pre-game ceremony as Fenway Park commemorates its 100th year anniversary before the start of American League MLB baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 20, 2012. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl