DALLAS - The baseball that broke the hearts of Boston Red Sox fans everywhere and turned Bill Buckner into one of the most famous goats in sports history is up for sale.
The ball that rolled through Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between Boston and the New York Mets will part of an auction today in Dallas. Heritage Auctions said the ball is expected to bring in more than $100,000 as the centerpiece of an auction featuring the baseball memorabilia collection of Los Angeles songwriter Seth Swirsky.
"That one ball kind of encapsulates the highest and lowest you can feel in sports at any given moment," Swirsky said.
Buckner hit .289 with 2,715 hits in 22 years and had more than 100 RBIs in two of his three full seasons with the Red Sox. All of that was overshadowed by his error at Shea Stadium that night when Mookie Wilson's grounder rolled through Buckner's legs, allowing the Mets to cap a two-out rally with a victory in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win the series and Boston's championship drought - dating to 1918 - continued until 2004.
"I think everybody remembers where they were, even if they were a sports fan or not. Everybody seems to remember that. It's not just a baseball moment. It's not just a piece of Mets history or Red Sox history but it seems like it was a cultural moment of the 1980s," said Swirsky, who co-wrote the hit "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dayne.
Swirsky purchased it for nearly $64,000 in 2000.
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