Bill Buckner Ball Could Catch One Million Dollars On Ebay
One of the most infamous baseballs in the history of the sport is going up for auction this month on eBay. On October 15, for $1 million, a die-hard fan can purchase the ball that went through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner during the 1986 World Series.
The ball symbolizes a lot of pain for Red Sox fans that subsided after World Series wins in 2004 and 2007 (although arguably returned with their terrible collapse this year). The trade of Babe Ruth to New York in 1919, just as he was reaching his prime, started the supposed “Curse of the Bambino” on the Red Sox. Until 2004, Boston didn't win another World Series while Ruth’s team, the Yankees, won over 20 in the same span.
In the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Red Sox blew a two-run lead to allow the New York Mets to tie the game. Shortly after, what seemed like a routine groundball to Buckner turned into one of the most famous errors sports has ever seen, and the Mets scored the winning run. New York then went on to win game 7 and the World Series.
As ESPN reports, Grammy-nominated songwriter Seth Swirsky currently owns the ball, after he purchased it from Charlie Sheen. Swirsky plans on donating some of the proceeds to the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps baseball players who are having financial hardship.
It was unfortunate that Buckner got blamed as badly as he did for what happened in 1986. People tend to forget that he had nothing to do with the two runs the Red Sox allowed in the 10th inning. Furthermore, his error only occurred in game 6. There was still game 7, which the Red Sox lost as a team, not because of Buckner. Still, he will always be remembered for his error, despite being a fairly decent and consistent player his whole career.
Before this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I would have been tempted to say Buckner should get all the proceeds from the sale of the ball, just because of all the torment he has faced for the last 25 years. However, his appearance on the popular HBO series to poke fun at the error and the emotion surrounding it clearly showed that he’s been able to get through it admirably. It still was just a single error in a single game. It should never have been viewed as more, even if someone’s willing to spend $1 million on it.