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1986 World Series - New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox

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October 18 - October 27, 1986

The 1986 World Series was Boston's first since 1975. The Sox aimed for their first title since 1918 when Babe Ruth pitched them to victory against the Cubs.

The Mets won 108 games, taking the NL East by 21½ games. They sought their second title.

Boston's Bruce Hurst bested Ron Darling and Roger McDowell for an opening 1-0 win.

Mets ace Dwight Gooden faced Red Sox ace Roger Clemens in Game 2. Both exited early as Boston romped 9-3.

In Game 3, the Mets scored four runs in the first and three in the seventh for a 7-1 blowout.

The next day, New York tied the Series with a 6-2 win. Mets catcher Gary Carter knocked a two run blast in the fourth and a solo shot in the eighth.

In Game 5, Gooden and Hurst dueled. Both struggled, but Hurst prevailed 4-2.

Clemens left Game 6 with a 3-2 lead. New York tied the game in the eighth. In the tenth, Boston took a 5-3 lead. New York's first two batters went out, but the next two got on base. The Mets tied the game on a hit and wild pitch. Mookie Wilson grounded toward Bill Buckner at first. But the ball slipped under Buckner's glove, and the winning run raced home for a stunning 6-5 comeback.

In Game 7, Boston jumped to a 3-0 lead. New York scored three in the sixth and three in the seventh to go up 6-3. Boston closed to 6-5 in the top of the eighth. But in New York’s eighth, Darryl Strawberry homered for an 8-5 triumph and the championship.

The Game 6 loss in the 1986 World Series ranks as the second darkest day in Boston sports history behind the trade of Ruth to the Yankees. Buckner's error overshadowed the rest of his career.

Around the World:

  • October 19 - U.S.S.R. expelled 5 U.S. diplomats.
  • October 20 - Mozambique President Samora Machel died when his plane crashed into Lebombo Mountains.
  • October 21 - In Beirut, pro-Iranian kidnappers abducted American writer Edward Tracy (released in August 1991).
  • October 22 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed Tax Reform Act of 1986.
  • October 24 - Britain dropped diplomatic relations with Syria
  • October 25 - International Red Cross ousted from South Africa.
  • October 27 - London Stock Exchange deregulated and computerization introduced for first time.

1986 in Baseball:

  • January 8 - Willie McCovey elected to Hall of Fame.
  • April 29 - Roger Clemens first to strike out 20 batters in nine-inning game.
  • June 21 - Heisman Trophy winner "Bo" Jackson signed contract with Kansas City Royals.
  • July 29 - Detroit manager Sparky Anderson first to win 600 games in both AL and NL.
  • August 14 - Pete Rose recorded 4,256th and final hit.
  • September 22 - Fernando Valenzuela first Mexican pitcher to win 20 games in majors.

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