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Buckner/Wilson ball up for auction

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  April 9, 2012 05:08 PM

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Are you a Red Sox fan with $100,000 or so kicking around and a penchant for masochism that somehow hasn't been fulfilled by the end of last season and the beginning of this one?

If so, have we ever got the item for you:

The infamous “Buckner Ball” from the 1986 World Series, Game Six, perhaps the most recognized baseball in the world, will the be the centerpiece of The Seth Swirsky Collection when it comes across the block as part of Heritage Auctions’ May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction. The ball, being offered without a reserve, is expected to bring more than $100,000.

“This is indeed the ball that dribbled between Bill Buckner’s legs when Mookie Willson hit his ‘little roller’ up the line in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, giving the Mets the win,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Vintage Sports Auctions at Heritage. “It represented the cumulative crushed hopes of generations of Red Sox fans for almost 20 years until the Sox finally shook the curse in 2004. It’s a crucial piece of baseball history and easily the most notorious baseball ever hit – or missed – depending on how you look at it.”

It should be noted that Swirsky purchased the ball from Charlie Sheen. Feel free to supply your own punch line.

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