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Bill Buckner 1949-2019

The most exciting moment in the history of sports was Game Six of the 1986 World Series.

I guess that sucks for Buckner whose job, in the 9th inning of the game, was to ensure the game did NOT become the most exciting moment in the history of sports for fans of the other team.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 28, 2019 at 8:19 AM

Posted in Obituary

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  1. OK, Lion, I know you’re a Mets fan and all, but that doesn’t even make the Top 20 most exciting moments in sports history, or the Top 10 most exciting moments in baseball history alone. It doesn’t rank above…

    – Miracle at Lake Placid
    – Bobby Thomson’s home run
    – Ali-Frazier III
    – Bannister breaks 4-minute mile
    – Don Larsen’s no-hitter
    – Nicklaus-Watson US Open, 1977
    – Borg-McEnroe Wimbledon, 1980

    …and that’s just off the top of my head.

    Stick to writing about what restaurants are SWPL and which and prole. Right now, you’re in my lane.


    May 28, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    • Pretty good list, but how could a New Yorker not put the ’69 Mets and Jets at the top of the list? And you mean Nicklaus-Watson ’82 at Pebble. My top three are ’69 Super Bowl, then Borg-McEnroe, then Tyson-Douglas. I used to enjoy Mookie Wilson’s appearances on the Letterman show. Dave just liked saying the word “Mookie.”


      May 28, 2019 at 12:17 PM

      • Marty, I’m not one of those biased NY-area fans who calls anything more exciting just because a NY team is involved. Super Bowl III may have been one of, if not the most significant, simply because it established the AFL’s credibility. But the game itself was boring.

        The most exciting World Series were Twins-Braves 1991 and Rangers-Cardinals 2011. But those cities aren’t media hubs.

        And it was this Nicklaus-Watson matchup I was referring to:


        May 28, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    • Re Don Larsen: not just a no-hitter, but a perfect World Series game.

      a bee ee?

      May 28, 2019 at 10:41 PM

      • @njguy

        How could you not include the 1975 series between the Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds–especially the sixth game? Did you never see Carlton Fisk waving his late game shot into the stands for a home run?

        a bee ee?

        May 28, 2019 at 10:43 PM

      • Holy crap. I can’t believe I didn’t say that. I must have been so focused on coming up with10 more exciting moments that I skipped that. I must be slipping.


        May 29, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    • Funny that even this list is mostly history of American sports rather than history of sport. You can’t make a list like that without including anything from soccer and only one olympic event. Certainly anything from baseball can’t be the most exciting moment in the history of sport.


      May 29, 2019 at 9:36 PM

      • Hashed – I stated that the Buckner game didn’t make the Top 20 most exciting. I didn’t list all 20 ahead of it, just a few that I knew that did. I don’t know enough about all sports to make the definitive list. What soccer or Olympic moments would you pick?


        May 30, 2019 at 9:39 AM

      • Olympic – Nadia Comaneci perfect 10, Mike Powell long jump record 1991(American rivalry though with Carl Lewis)
        Soccer – Man untied vs. Bayren Munich last minute in the Champions League final, Maradona vs. England in 1986 world cup
        Moto GP – Valentino Rossi vs Jorge Lorenzo last 2 laps in Catalunya 2009
        Formula 1 – not exactly exciting per se, but the crash of Ayrton Senna
        Rugby – Jonny Wilkinson’s last minute drop goal vs Australia at world cup final 2003

        Just a sample of events from other sports, there are many more. I am also not familiar with every sport on the plant, Cricket for example which is very popular and I am sure has its own moments.


        May 31, 2019 at 3:07 AM

  2. Oh, and then there’s that thing about how it was John McNamara’s job to put in Dave Stapleton as Buckner’s defensive replacement.


    May 28, 2019 at 8:29 AM

  3. The rollover ball from a failed tackle coming Mookie Wilson was Buckner’s rest of the life nightmare that cost his team the 86 World Series. Bean town citizens are d!icks anyway. Makes me joyous when they are down.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    May 28, 2019 at 9:19 AM

  4. His wiki says he died from the same thing Mork had.


    May 28, 2019 at 9:46 AM

  5. Thanks to a previous wild pitch the score was actually tied. If he was able to pick up the ball the inning would have either ended with an out or at the very least the runner wouldn’t score. There was no way the Red Sox could have won in that inning at that point.

    99.9% Fine

    May 28, 2019 at 12:36 PM

  6. Buckner and his “holey” glove caught so much shit for this error even though there were a number of other factors that went into their series loss. I can’t imagine the mockery and abuse he endured from massholes.


    May 28, 2019 at 1:48 PM

  7. Everyone forgets about how Calvin Schiraldi was the real reason the Red Sox lost that series.

    Mets Hater

    May 28, 2019 at 1:57 PM

  8. There is no way that was the most exciting moment in sports.


    May 28, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    • It was for Mets fans, and that’s all that matters.

      In fact, re-watching it, some of the excitement came back.

  9. Miracle on Ice, Schilling bloody sock, Lebron wins title in Cleveland, Tyson-Douglas, Tiger Masters this year…


    May 28, 2019 at 4:10 PM

  10. I’d say Game 6 of the ’75 Red Sox vs. Reds series tops all World Series games and is a Top 10 sporting events list.

    According to Wikipedia – The 1975 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the Boston Red Sox (AL) and Cincinnati Reds (NL). In 2003, it was ranked by ESPN as the second-greatest World Series ever played.[1] Cincinnati won the series in seven games…The Reds won the seventh and deciding game of the series on a ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan. The sixth game of the Series was a 12-inning classic at Boston’s Fenway Park culminated by a game-winning home run by Carlton Fisk to extend the series to seven games.

    In fact, if Carlton Fisk had still been the Red Sox catcher in the ’86 World Series, then probably no wild pitch and the Red Sox would have won game 6.

    E. Rekshun

    May 28, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    • Depends on what list you look at.

      This list of 25 greatest World Series ever has the 1986 World Series as #1.

  11. Why Mets fan instead of Yankees? Outer borough solidarity?


    June 1, 2019 at 6:33 AM

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