It’s everything for a moment Red Sox fans will forget and one New York Mets fans look back with excitement: the Bill Buckner bug. The infamous 1986 World Series game, in which the ball of Mookie Wilson’s bat went through Buckner’s legs and into the right field, gave the Mets the victory in Game 6. The Mets then won Game 7 for their second World Series title in franchise history. .
That Buckner baseball is an iconic piece MLB history, and it turns out that the new Mets owner Steve Cohen is the keeper of memorabilia. In an interview with SNY on Wednesday, Cohen revealed that he owns baseball. He shared the story of how he got it in his hands:
“This is the Buckner Ball,” he said proudly during the interview, showing off the Mets’ story.
Cohen found out that the ball was going to be auctioned off a few years ago and thought “It’s a great moment in Met’s history”, and was fine with the estimated price he received between 100,000 and 150,000 dollars. The ball ended up going for much more than that, at $ 418,250. Cohen was not aware that it was being bought on his behalf at such a steep price. He first said he was very angry about it, but he is “happy now.”
The ball is signed by Wilson and says: “To Arthur, the ball won it for us, Mookie Wilson, 25.10.86.” Arthur Richman was a Mets leader who at one point had the ball in his possession.
Cohen said he plans to put the ball in the Mets Museum at Citi Field soon.