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Monday, June 11, 2012

1986 World Series Game Six…In Kenya

A group of Kenyan students re-enact Bill Buckner’s error leading to the Mets winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The students were interested in making a movie about a famous American sporting event. After watching both real live clips the students voted on Buckner’s error over the “Music City Miracle.” They loved the experience and want to make a second movie.

Don’t forget to watch the credits!

Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, humor, international, mets, red sox, world series

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   1. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: June 11, 2012 at 07:41 AM (#4153502)
Kenya top this?
   2. AndrewJ Posted: June 11, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4153510)
I might have gone with The Play from the 1982 Cal/Stanford football game, myself.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 11, 2012 at 08:34 AM (#4153513)
You need too many people to do that right.
Seven guys who lateral the ball, plus the tacklers, plus a band.

The one I would like to see done would be Kirk Gibson's home run, or Joe Carter's home run.
   4. Dangerous Dean Posted: June 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4153585)
God bless them for their enthusiasm. Nice to see that someone in Africa is thinking about baseball. But it's a shame Buckner is remembered this way. He was a really nice player for so long.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: June 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4153681)

God bless them for their enthusiasm. Nice to see that someone in Africa is thinking about baseball. But it's a shame Buckner is remembered this way. He was a really nice player for so long.


He's probably the worst player to ever put up 10,000 PA in his career. He was received warmly by Red Sox fans on many different occasions, but still played the victim (as late as last year). And I'll be happy to let him off the hook for allowing the grounder to pathetically dribble through his legs (they were done by that point anyway), but I'm not forgetting the fact he was a total black hole on offense all series long.

Screw Buckner.

   6. Rants Mulliniks Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4153766)
The only good qualities Buckner had as a player were the ability to put up a good BA and rarely striking out.
   7. UCCF Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4153773)
Buckner had some decent years with the Cubs. I think our memories of him would be fonder than those of Dodger fans (who saw him first) or Red Sox fans (of course).

And the man knew how to put the ball in play. I would guess that putting the ball in play in 91% of his career PAs (453 Ks, 450 BB in 10000+ PAs) is the record for anyone who played as long as he did.
   8. dlf Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4153776)
The only good qualities Buckner had as a player were the ability to put up a good BA and rarely striking out.


And the moustache. Truly world class.
   9. Hack Wilson Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4153789)
I remember Buckner getting Lee Elia really pissed at him a couple of times (once after Billy got hit he told the Cub pitcher to throw at the opposing pitcher, Lee took offense at Buckner's attempt to usurp the manager's discretion). Lee was such an even-tempered guy I was surprised at his reaction.

I have no idea what Music City Miracle is, but I don't follow sports in Salzburg, Austria.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4153792)
And the man knew how to put the ball in play. I would guess that putting the ball in play in 91% of his career PAs (453 Ks, 450 BB in 10000+ PAs) is the record for anyone who played as long as he did.



Lloyd Waner has him beat, putting the ball in play almost 93 percent of the time. There may be others. (I just looked up a couple of long-career guys who I thought might be comparable, Waner, Sewell, Traynor, Sam Rice).

Edit: Initially I had Traynor ahead of Buckner, but I was looking at the numbers incorrectly.


   11. Swoboda is freedom Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4153812)
He's probably the worst player to ever put up 10,000 PA in his career.

He is also a horrible actor. If you saw Curb Your Enthusiasm, you know what I mean.
   12. bobm Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4153817)
[4] God bless them for their enthusiasm. Nice to see that someone in Africa is thinking about baseball. But it's a shame Buckner is remembered this way.

Maybe that's where they sent the pre-printed "1986 World Champion Boston Red Sox" player T-shirts and caps after the Sox lost Game 7 and the on-field celebration never happened. :)

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/115538
http://m.csmonitor.com/2007/1024/p01s07-ussc.html
   13. UCCF Posted: June 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4153831)
Lee was such an even-tempered guy I was surprised at his reaction.

This would be a joke, right?
   14. JustDan Posted: June 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4153864)
You have to ask?
   15. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: June 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM (#4153930)
So let me get this straight: Barack Obama's birth... not in Kenya. 1986 World Series Game Six... in Kenya.
   16. Kiko Sakata Posted: June 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4153944)
That video was awesome! I love the "Red Sox" players' looks of dejection afterward.
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4153993)
I have no idea what Music City Miracle is, but I don't follow sports in Salzburg, Austria.


It's when the referees decided to #### up and allow a forward lateral and let the Titans score a last-second kick-off touchdown to beat the Buffalo Bills in their last playoff appearance.
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4154056)
So let me get this straight: Barack Obama's birth... not in Kenya. 1986 World Series Game Six... in Kenya.
Little known fact: Nobody won the 1986 World Series because socialism.
   19. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM (#4154132)
It's when the referees decided to #### up and allow a forward lateral and let the Titans score a last-second kick-off touchdown to beat the Buffalo Bills in their last playoff appearance.
As a Bills fan, I have SO MUCH RAGE about the end of that game. Most of it is directed at Wade Phillips - RUN DOWN THE MOTHER####ING CLOCK BEFORE YOU KICK THE FIELD GOAL, WADE - but indeed, the referees botched the ending.

Wade Phillips was ultimately the guy most at fault, though. You bench your starting quarterback for the playoffs, you give the other team time to score, bad things are going to happen.
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4154139)
Little known fact: Nobody won the 1986 World Series because socialism.

A specter is haunting the 1986 World Series -- the specter of Kevin Mitchell's cat.
   21. McCoy Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4154142)
As far as I can tell there has never been a single beneficial call going Chicago's way (in any sport) in any important game ever since Merkle's Boner. We basically used up all our ju-ju to get ourselves that last championship.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4154150)
Utah's Byron Russell might disagree.
   23. UCCF Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM (#4154156)
Also, there was that weird play with AJ Pierzynski in the 2005 ALCS, where he struck out (called by the home plate ump) but ran to first base and was allowed to stay there after the umps conferred. It was a questionable call at best.

Lose that game, and they would have been down 2-0 in the series.
   24. Bob T Posted: June 11, 2012 at 05:56 PM (#4154166)
Utah's Byron Russell might disagree.


Actually, Bryon Russell would disagree. He would yell back at PA announcers who called him Byron.
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: June 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4154201)
I am much relieved that Vin Scully's call accompanies this.

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