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The Bill Buckner ball sells at auction

May 4, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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Hey Sox fans: what would you have paid to keep that ball from rolling through the legs of Bill Buckner during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series?  Now, what would pay to have that ball?  If your answer was “a penny more than $418,250,” you  just blew it, dude:

The baseball that rolled through the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series has been sold at auction for $418,250.

Heritage Auctions says the ball was sold Friday in Dallas to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous. The sale price includes the buyer’s premium.

The ball was the centerpiece of an auction featuring the collection of Los Angeles songwriter Seth Swirsky.

In case you didn’t know, Swirsky’s fortune was based in part on writing the Taylor Dayne song “Tell it to my heart.”  Which, if you read some of the comments to the Adam Yauch thread, requires more talent than anything the Beastie Boys had. Because he writes songs, see. Er, whatever.

Weird day. I know.

  1. aceshigh11 - May 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    “A little roller up along first…

    BEHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! HERE COMES KNIGHT, AND THE METS WIN IT!”

    — Vin Scully, October 25, 1986

    • thomas2727 - May 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Dang. You must have beat me by a few seconds.

      • Panda Claus - May 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        He probably has AT&T. He knew and posted what you were going to say before even you knew it.

        Only explanation I can come up with. Otherwise, it would be pretty spooky.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Are they going to sell the ball that Bob Stanley threw to Knight on first? It should have been and E-3 with Mookie on first. Then that prick had the nerve to throw Buckner under the bus after the game by saying it was a slow roller up first that should have been handled.

      • pandebailey - May 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Yeah the sad thing is even if Buckner had fielded it, there’s no way Stanley was going to get to first in time.

  2. thomas2727 - May 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    “Little roller up along first… behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!” Vin Scully

    • aceshigh11 - May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Wow, talk about a coincidence.

  3. wendell7 - May 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Bill Buckner belongs in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - May 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Mook would have beaten it out anyway. Just ask him.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    What an insane waste of money. I hope some of that money goes to charity. I’d never spend nearly half a million dollars on something millions of people would call a dark cloud of bad luck.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I know which box in that warehouse in Washington DC holds the Ark of the Covenant. And I know exactly which row it’s in. Hint: there are four crates of old National Geographics on top of it.

  6. Detroit Michael - May 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Look at the photo again. Times have changed. No veteran first baseman today looks that skinny.

  7. stex52 - May 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I would have figured a Sox fan was going to buy it and give it a little walk on the Charles River in a cement overcoat.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Some crummy stupid painting of a guy with both eyes on the same side of his head and a distorted horse and the artist couldn’t even keep all the colors inside the lines sells for millions, and the Buckner ball – the Buckner ball – goes for a measley $418, 250?!? That’s a great example of why this country is going down the clubhouse shower drain.

      • stex52 - May 4, 2012 at 10:54 PM

        I was explaining the Buckner ball to my wife (’86 is deep in Astros history, given a couple of breaks and another Mike Scott start and Houston would have been playing in Boston).

        I realized then that I couldn’t think of another unsigned baseball that could have more history in it. Larsen’s perfect game was a bucket of balls, and I don’t think the ball from the Maz home run is in play.

        The Bartman ball might be about as fun.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

        The Bartman ball was destroyed by an electric arc machine in some pub in Chicago a few years ago while dozens of drunkards hooted their approval. Really. It was a spectacle that would have embarrassed the feature columnists from The Dacron Republican-Democrat. The idea was that they were going to dispel the Curse of the Billy Goat, and now you can see why Santeras, Geechee witches, assorted shamans and houngans, whatever other oddball trinkets and anathemas they resort to, never bother with electric arks. They should be searching for a vaccine for the prion-vectored neurological disease Die Vloek van der Geitbok, which is the real reason why the Cubs always crap out. Moises Alou should have caught that ball. He didn’t, not because of Bartman, but because of prion clusters fraying his telomeres and clogging his synapses. If Chicago wants a championship, they’re gonna have to dispense with the hocus-pocus and get down to some hard science.

  8. rebel21das - May 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    LMAO tell it to my heart, more talented then the Beatie Boys…… hahahahahahahahaha Craig way to tell that moronic metal head what’s what. Your were dead on, some people are just assholes.

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