Fairly or unfairly, Buckner, who had 2,715 career hits, is best known for a play he did not make. Buckner let Mookie Wilson’s grounder to first base roll between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. That error enabled the Mets to complete a two-out, three-run rally and win.
“It was hard for me to do,” a teary-eyed Buckner said about returning to Fenway.
When the Red Sox first invited Buckner, he said he figured he would decline. But he said he prayed about it and decided to accept. Two titles in the past four years for Boston have lessened the sting of what happened in 1986.
I had forgotten about this, but it seems that Buckner played 22 games for the Red Sox in 1990, just before he retired. Was he slagged on then? Was there even a big to-do?