1986 World Series

New York Mets (4) vs Boston Red Sox (3)

The Boston Red Sox finally returned to the Fall Classic after an eleven year hiatus determined to shake the "Curse of the Bambino" once and for all. Although the "Beantown Bombers" had appeared in nine previous World Series contests (winning five), their last championship title had come an agonizing sixty-eight years prior (in 1918) when Babe Ruth pitched the Sox to two victories over the Chicago Cubs. This time Roger Clemens was on the hill and the Rocket had just completed a spectacular season in which he had compiled a 24-4 record and set a Major League mark with twenty strikeouts in a single regulation game. The New York Mets were making their third World Series appearance (winning last in 1969) and totaled one-hundred eight regular season wins while finishing a whopping 21½ games ahead of their nearest competition. The Mets also boasted a standout pitcher in Dwight Gooden who had dominated the National League much like Clemens had against the American League. Several sportswriters had hyped-up the impending showdown on the mound, and many agreed that a "shootout" was on the horizon.

Game 1 opened with both teams going neck and neck down the stretch with Boston's Bruce Hurst topping New York's Ron Darling and Roger McDowell for the 1-0 victory.

Manager Dave Johnson went with the obvious choice of Gooden for Game 2, but the Red Sox managed to oust the ace and four of his peers (Rick Aguilera, Jesse Orosco, Sid Fernandez, and Doug Sisk) for a 9-3 victory that featured homers by Dave Henderson and Dwight Evans. Despite the win, Clemens had fared just as poor and lasted only 4 1/3 innings before being replaced by Steve Crawford.

New York lefty Bob Ojeda (acquired from the Sox in '85) returned to Fenway Park for the third outing and pitched five hit ball over seven innings. Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd took the hill for the home team, but surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced in Lenny Dykstra. The opening blast was followed by three more runs (including two off designated hitter Danny Heep's single) for a 4-0 lead in the first. Boyd managed to hold off the scoring for five more innings but stumbled again in the seventh as the Mets connected for three more, completing the thirteen-hit, 7-1 derby.

New York managed to tie up the Series in Game 4 thanks to Gary Carter's two home runs and three runs batted in. Breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth, the All-Star catcher smacked a two run homer in the fourth (off Al Nipper) and a bases-empty shot in the eighth (off reliever Steve Crawford) while Dykstra added to his rapidly growing stats with an RBI blast of his own. Back on the hill, Darling managed to finish with a 6-2 decision despite walking six batters in seven innings.

Gooden returned for the fifth meeting determined to save face for his poor debut in Game 2 (in which the entire Mets' rotation was unable to compete) but disappointed again as the opener's winner, Bruce Hurst, overcame a twelve-hit debacle to put the Sox ahead with a middle-of-the-road, 4-2 effort.

Like his struggling counterpart, Clemens was also looking for his first win and left Game 6 with a 3-2 lead. However his teammates were unable to finish the job, leaving fourteen men on base and committing one of the most devastating errors in World Series history. After Henderson led off the top of the tenth with a home run against Rick Aguilera breaking the 3-3 tie, Boston increased its lead to 5-3 as Wade Boggs doubled and Marty Barrett singled him home. Sox reliever Calvin Schiraldi (who yielded the tying run in the eighth) retired the Mets' first two batters in the tenth (Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez), moving Boston to within one out of the World Series title. Carter prolonged the anxious fans tension with a clutch single and Kevin Mitchell followed with another base hit. Schiraldi regained his composure and managed a no-ball, two-strike count on New York's Ray Knight, but the third baseman made contact on his next offering, scoring Carter and moving Mitchell to third. Anticipating a disaster, Bob Stanley was called in and matched Mookie Wilson in a ten-pitch duel that left fans on both sides hanging on the edge of their seats. Wilson fouled off a 2-1 pitch, then sent two more out of bounds. As the pressure continued to build, Stanley's seventh pitch went wild, and Mitchell raced home with the game-tying run with Knight advancing to second. With a full count of 3-2, Wilson finally connected fair on the tenth toss sending a short grounder along the baseline toward first baseman Bill Buckner. A collective sigh of relief fell over the Boston crowd in anticipation of a textbook out and a chance at redemption in the eleventh-inning. However their jubilation quickly turned to shock and disbelief as the ball somehow slipped under Buckner's glove and continued to roll. As Knight bolted home for the 6-5 victory, the home crowd at Shea Stadium erupted in celebration. The Mets were still alive with or without, a little help from "The Babe". For Buckner, the costly error became a defining moment and ultimately overshadowed the rest of his career.

While the Sox had found themselves in this predicament before (one strike away from elimination in the American League Series), many fans had already abandoned the team and Buckner was crucified in the papers for making the critical mistake. Luckily they would have twenty-four hours to regain their senses as Game 7 was postponed a day due to rain. Three time winner Bruce Hurst returned for the final outing and looked to make it right again with a little help from his friends. Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman both belted back-to-back homers and Boggs delivered an RBI single for a 3-0 lead going into the sixth. New York tied the game on Hernandez's bases-loaded single that scored Lee Mazzilli and Wilson while Carter's tee-shot to right brought Wally Backman home.

Schiraldi was sent in as relief in the seventh, but Knight tagged him again (as he had in Game 6) with a tie-breaking homer. Before it was over, Rafael Santana nailed a RBI single and Hernandez added a sac-fly for the 6-3 lead. Sid Fernandez had shut out Boston through the middle innings, but Roger McDowell replaced him and surrendered a two run double off Evans in the eighth. Jesse Orosco entered as the third reliever and managed to coax Gedman to line out, Henderson to strike out and Don Baylor to bounce out. As the Mets took their turn in the bottom of the eighth, Darryl Strawberry sent one into the seats for the 8-5 advantage and it was all over from there. Orosco returned in the ninth to finish the job and struck out the side (1-2-3) crowning the National League reps as World Champions.

The heartbreaking loss in Game 6 still remains as the second darkest day in Beantown sports history. The first of course was a "certain trade" that haunted the Boston faithful for over eight decades.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"People always remember the last thing that happened. They don't remember the other parts of the game, that we left fourteen men on base." - Boston Red Sox Pitcher Bob Stanley on Game Six

1986 World Series

1986 World Series Program

1986 World Series Official Program

1985 | New York Mets (4) vs Boston Red Sox (3) | 1987

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Chub Feeney (National League President)
Attendance
55,076
National Anthem
Glenn Close (Actress)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Elie Wiesel (Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Attendance
55,063
National Anthem
Billy Joel (Singer / Grammy Winner)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Tip O'Neil (Speaker of the House)
Attendance
33,595
National Anthem
Sandra Santiago
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Bowie K. Kuhn (MLB Commissioner, 1969-83)
Attendance
33,920
National Anthem
Natalie Cole (Singer / Grammy Winner)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
34,010
National Anthem
Smokey Robinson (Singer / Grammy Winner)
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
William A. Shea (Founder of Continental League)
Attendance
55,078
National Anthem
Paul Simon (Singer / Grammy Winner)
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Nelson Doubleday, Jr. (New York Mets Owner)
Jean R. Hollander-Yawkey (Boston Red Sox Owner)
Attendance
55,032
National Anthem
Kenneth Mack
1986 World Series Fast Facts

1986 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Bruce Hurst (W)
Calvin Schiraldi (S, 9 th )
Ron Darling (L)
Roger McDowell (8 th )
None None

1986 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 3 1 2 0 2 0 1 9 18 0
New York 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Roger Clemens
Steve Crawford (W, 5 th )
Bob Stanley (7 th )
-
-
Dwight Gooden (L)
Rick Aguilera (6 th )
Jesse Orosco (7 th )
Sid Fernandez (9 th )
Doug Sisk (9 th )
Dave Henderson (4 th )
Dwight Evans (5 th )
None
-

1986 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 13 0
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Bob Ojeda (W)
Roger McDowell (7 th )
-
Oil Can Boyd (L)
Joe Sambito (8 th )
Bob Stanley (8 th )
Lenny Dykstra (1 st ) None

1986 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 6 12 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 1
Ron Darling (W)
Roger McDowell (7 th )
Jesse Orosco (7 th )
Al Nipper (L)
Steve Crawford (7 th )
Bob Stanley (9 th )
Gary Carter (4 th )
Lenny Dykstra
(7 th )
Gary Carter (8 th )
None
-
-

1986 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 10 1
Boston 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 12 0
Dwight Gooden (L)
Sid Fernandez (5 th )
Bruce Hurst (W)
-
Tim Teufel (8 th ) None

1986 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Boston 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 13 3
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 6 8 2
Roger Clemens
Calvin Schiraldi (L, 8 th )
Bob Stanley (10 th )
-
Bob Ojeda
Roger McDowell (7 th )
Jesse Orosco (8 th )
Rick Aguilera (W, 9 th )
Dave Henderson (10 th ) None

1986 World Series
Game 7

1986 New York Mets World Series Pin

1986 World Champion Pin

Line Score / Box Score

Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Boston
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
5
9
0
New York
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
2
x
8
10
0

1986 World Series

New York Mets

New York Mets 1986 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
p
2b
c
p
of
ss
p
p
Did Not Play
dh-2,of-1
1b
3b-1,ss-1
3b
of-1
p
of-2,dh-1
Did Not Play
p
p
ss
p
of
2b
of
1
6
7
3
7
1
3
2
-
5
7
2
6
4
5
5
-
2
4
7
1
7
3
7
0
18
29
3
27
1
0
2
-
11
26
5
23
5
0
8
-
2
1
20
0
24
9
26
0
6
8
0
8
0
0
1
-
1
6
0
9
2
0
2
-
0
1
5
0
5
4
7
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
4
4
0
4
0
0
1
-
0
1
0
4
2
0
1
-
0
0
3
0
4
1
3
0
1
9
0
3
0
0
0
-
2
4
0
5
0
0
0
-
0
1
2
0
1
1
0
.000
.333
.276
.000
.296
.000
.000
.500
-
.091
.231
.000
.391
.400
.000
.250
-
.000
1.000
.250
.000
.208
.444
.269
0
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
-
1
5
0
2
0
0
0
-
0
0
2
0
4
1
1
0
2
4
1
7
0
0
0
-
1
1
2
2
0
0
3
-
1
0
5
0
6
2
6
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
3
0
3
Totals
240
65
6
0
7
32
29
.271
21
43
7

1986 World Series

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 1986 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
ph
2b
dh-3
3b
p
1b
p
p
of
c
ph
of
p
Did Not Play
p
ss
of
ss
p
p
p
Did Not Play
1b
Did Not Play
1
7
4
7
1
7
2
3
7
7
4
7
3
-
2
7
7
3
2
3
5
-
3
-
1
30
11
31
0
32
4
1
26
30
3
25
3
-
0
20
27
1
0
1
1
-
1
-
0
13
2
9
0
6
0
0
8
6
0
10
0
-
0
6
9
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
2
1
3
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
0
-
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
2
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
1
1
3
0
2
1
0
4
1
0
6
0
-
0
2
6
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
4
1
3
0
1
0
0
9
1
0
5
0
-
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
.000
.433
.182
.290
.000
.188
.000
.000
.308
.200
.000
.400
.000
-
.000
.300
.333
.000
.000
.000
.000
-
.000
-
0
5
1
4
0
0
0
0
4
0
1
2
0
-
0
5
6
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
1
2
3
2
0
3
1
0
3
10
2
6
3
-
0
6
9
0
0
1
1
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
Totals
248
69
11
2
5
27
26
.278
28
53
0

1986 World Series

New York Mets

New York Mets 1986 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

1
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
3
3
2
5
2
4
1
0
3
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3.0
17.2
6.2
9.0
7.1
13.0
5.2
0.2
12.00
1.53
1.35
8.00
4.91
2.08
0.00
0.00
8
13
6
17
10
13
2
0
4
12
10
9
2
9
6
1
4
3
1
8
4
3
0
0
1
10
1
4
6
5
0
1
Totals
4
3
21
7
0
2
0
63.0
3.29
69
53
23
28

1986 World Series

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 1986 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
1
2
3
3
2
2
3
5
1
2
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7.0
11.1
4.1
23.0
6.1
0.1
4.0
6.1
7.71
3.18
6.23
1.96
7.11
27.00
13.50
0.00
9
9
5
18
10
2
7
5
3
11
4
17
2
0
2
4
6
4
3
5
5
1
6
0
1
6
0
6
2
2
3
1
Totals
3
4
21
7
1
2
0
62.2
4.31
65
43
30
21
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Who won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award during the 1986 World Series? Ray Knight from the Mets , who played in all seven games and hit .391!

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