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    1986 Bill Buckner World Series Game Six Worn Boston Red Sox Cap. The Red Sox led the Series three games to two. After allowing the Mets to score the tying run in the eighth inning of Game Six, both teams put up zeros in the ninth. But then Dave Henderson led off the tenth with a homer down the left field line. Four batters later, Wade Boggs was singled home by Marty Barrett. The Red Sox found themselves leading five to three going into the bottom of the tenth.

    Right-handed reliever Calvin Schiraldi got Wally Backman on a fly ball to left to retire the Mets' lead-off batter, then Hall of Famer Keith Hernandez on a drive to deep center. With the bases empty and leading by two runs, the Red Sox were a single defensive out from ending a sixty-eight year Curse. The electronic scoreboard in right-center field at Shea Stadium briefly flashed the words "Congratulations Boston Red Sox, 1986 World Champions."

    But then Gary Carter singled. Kevin Mitchell, pinch hitting in the pitcher's spot, singled again. Ray Knight made it three in a row, plating Carter and trimming the lead to one. Red Sox manager John McNamara lifted the rattled Schiraldi for the veteran Bob Stanley who battled Mookie Wilson to a two and two count. One strike away.

    But on the seventh pitch Stanley threw wild, sending Wilson and the ball to the dirt. Mitchell raced home to tie the game, and Ray Knight scampered to second base. Wilson fouled off the eighth and ninth pitches as the count remained full. Then, on the tenth pitch of the at-bat, Stanley delivered this baseball to the plate.

    We all know what happened next. In Red Sox hell, Vin Scully's call plays over the intercom in a continuous loop. "A little roller up along first...behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!"

    Heritage famously sold the baseball that split Buckner's wickets in May 2012 for $418,250, and now--nearly seven years later--the present another relic from that fateful evening in Queens. The standard-issue Red Sox cap is anything but standard, as it is the exact one Buckner was wearing as his worst nightmare manifested in reality. Number "6" appears in faded marker under the visor, and "Devon" sporting goods and size "7 3/8" labels remain affixed at interior leather headband. Light wear suggests a single game's use.

    Provenance is supplied in the form of a letter of provenance from veteran umpire Harry Wendelstedt, who stood across the diamond at third base when Buckner became the most hated man in New England. He attests, "this is the hat that was given to me by Bill Buckner after Game 6 of the 1986 World Series." Letter of provenance from umpire Harry Wendelstedt.


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