October 26, 1986 – Bill Buckner

On this date in 1986, Bill Buckner earned a place in sports infamy when the Red Sox first baseman failed to field a routine ground ball, allowing the NY Mets to defeat Boston in Game 6 of the World Series. The error was so egregious that Buckner became vilified by the team’s fan base and he was forced to leave the state of Massachusetts. Twenty-two years later, Buckner returned to Boston to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2008 season and received a four-minute standing ovation from the remorseful Fenway Park crowd. 

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