Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!
On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history. Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Errors occur all of the time in baseball. But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified. Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.
I remember watching this game as an 11-year old. I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title. What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.
This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!
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Tagged 1986, 1986 world series, bill buckner, boston red sox, error, game 6, Mets, mookie wilson, New york mets, red sox, shea stadium, wade boggs, world series
The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson. Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.
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Tagged 1984 world series, 1986 world series, 30/30, all-star, all-star trivia, baseball trivia, Chicago Cubs, colorado rockies, Cubs, detroit tigers, Did You Know...., ho-jo, home run, howard johnson, Mets, mets trivia, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, rockies, stolen bases, tigers, world series
Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!
Keith Hernandez turns 60 years old today.
Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.
Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so. Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League. 11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.
Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals. Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year. He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well. A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!
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Tagged 1975 topps, 1982 world series, 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, first base, gold glove, keith hernandez, Mets, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, rookie, st. louis cardinals, topps, world series
1986 HEADLINE: Gooden Sets Record Of 200+ Strikeouts In First Three Seasons Of His Career
On this day in 1986, Dwight Gooden recorded the 200th strikeout of his 1986 season. And while there was a lengthy list of pitchers that had accomplished that feat prior to ‘Doc’, he was the first pitcher in major league history to collect more than 200 K’s in his first three big league seasons.
Amazingly, with all of the fireballers before his era, Gooden was the first. Not Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver or Bob Gibson or Jim Palmer.
Here is a closer look at those three historic years:
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Dwight Gooden!!!
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Tagged 1986 world series, all-star, baseball history, cy young, cy young award, doc gooden, doctor k, DR. K, Dwight Gooden, Mets, New york mets, new york yankees, pitcher, Rookie of the Year, ROY, strikeouts, world series, yankees
1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!
On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.
The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive. And the members have to be a very specific kind of player. Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.
It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club. But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!
By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases. With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.
Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!
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Tagged 1986 world series, 1996 world series, 1999 world series, 30 home runs, 30 stolen bases, 30/30, 30/30 club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball milestones, darryl strawberry, dodgers, howard johnson, los angeles dodgers, Mets, New york mets, new york yankees, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series, yankees
1985 HEADLINE: Gary Carter Connects For 5 Home Runs In 2 Games!!!
On this day in 1985, Gary Carter became just the 11th player in major league history to crush 5 home runs over the course of 2 consecutive games.
An amazing feat for any slugger, this incredible accomplishment is even more amazing as Carter was never really known as a long-ball threat.
I thought it would be fun to re-live those 5 round-trippers. Here are the notes:
Very impressive, if I do say so myself!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Carter!!!
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Tagged 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, catcher, Expos, gary carter, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, Mets, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, silver slugger, world series
Gary Carter collected the most RBI for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series. He had 9 RBI in the 7 contests.
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