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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/sp...gewanted=print



    May 22, 2009
    In ’86 Mets-Red Sox Exhibition, a Sign of Things to Come
    By ELENA GUSTINES
    Six weeks before the 1986 World Series, the Mets and the Red Sox met in a dress rehearsal of sorts, a Sept. 4 charity game for the Jimmy Fund that was played before a sellout crowd at Fenway Park. Both teams were aware they might meet again in October; both played it loose, with a pregame home run-hitting contest that the Mets won, 9 to 5.

    The details of the game, won by the Mets, 7-3, are long forgotten, except for this: in the fourth inning, Bill Buckner booted a ground ball by Lee Mazzilli, setting up the Mets’ first run.

    That’s right, Bill Buckner. Fifty-one days later, on Oct. 25, Mookie Wilson hit a ground ball that went under Buckner’s glove, through his legs and into right field as Ray Knight raced home with the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the Series. It is one of the most famous errors in baseball history, but who knew that it was all being foreshadowed on a Thursday night in September, when nothing was at stake? ELENA GUSTINES
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