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Friday, July 20, 2007

Another cool Hank Aaron fact...

...although maybe not if you're a Red Sox fan. We've already noted that today is the 31st anniversary of Aaron's 755th (and last) home run. Now here's a little something about his record-breaking 715th home run:

Aaron hit career home run 715 in the 4th inning off Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing. Although Dodgers outfielder Bill Buckner nearly went over the outfield wall trying to catch it, the ball landed in the Braves bullpen where reliever Tom House caught it.
Recognize that name? Bill Buckner?

On October 25, 1986, the Boston Red Sox faced the New York Mets in game 6 of the World Series...

Mookie Wilson fouled off several pitches before hitting a ground ball to Buckner at first base. The ball bounced on the dirt and rolled under Buckner's glove, through his legs, and into right field, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run from second base, forcing a seventh game, which the Mets won two nights later.
Yep, that Bill Buckner. Good ballplayer, remembered mostly for the ones he didn't catch.