The ball Mookie Wilson hit past Bill Buckner to win game 6 of the 1986 World Series is safely in the hands of a devoted collector who brought it back to New York this weekend.
It was no different than any of the other baseballs put into play during Game Six of the 1986 World Series. No different until Mookie Wilson hit it through the legs of a hobbling Bill Buckner and into right field, giving the Mets a victory that tied the series in improbable fashion.
It became famous with Met fans; infamous with long-suffering Boston backers and ultimately a prize even actor Charlie Sheen owned. He lost money on the deal, but the current owner, Seth Swirsky, continues to hold onto the ball as well as another famous piece of New York’s World Series history.
This weekend, he brought it back to New York as the Mets celebrated that World Series championship with a reunion of team members.