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Who Won the 1986 World Series?

Who Won the 1986 World Series

The New York Mets won the 1986 World Series, defeating the Boston Red Sox, four games to three.

After proving themselves to be a juggernaut during the regular season, running away with the National League East division title with a 108-54 record, winning the crown by 21.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the National League Championship Series, the Houston Astros provided a challenge, but one the Mets were able to overcome, winning four games to two.

Meanwhile, the AL-East-champion Boston Red Sox came back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit to win a thrilling ALCS over the California Angels.

In the World Series, the Red Sox took Game 1 by a 1-0 score at Shea Stadium.

It was all Sawx in Game 2, as they trounced the Mets, 9-3, to head home to Fenway Park with 2-0 Series lead.

New York returned the favor back in Boston, though, taking Game 3 in the shadow of the Green Monster, 7-1.

The Mets did it again the next night, wining Game 4 by a 6-2 score.

That evened things up, but the Red Sox got the first home win by either team in the Series by taking Game 5, 4-2.

Heading back to Shea for Game 6 with a chance to win their first title since 1918, the Sox smelled the Met blood in the New York water and jumped ahead with a run in each of the first two innings.

The Mets evened things up with two of their own in the fifth, and then each team added a run each before the ninth to set up extra innings.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the top of the 10th, thanks to a leadoff home run by Dave Henderson and an RBI single from Marty Barrett.

Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Boston reliever Calvin Schiraldi got fly ball outs from Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez to move the Sox to within an out of the title.

But then Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, and Ray Knight singled, bringing in a run and cutting the Boston lead to 5-4.

With runners on first and third, Bob Stanley relieved Schiraldi … and uncorked a wild pitch against Mookie Wilson that sent Mitchell home to tie the game, with Knight moving to second.

Wilson then slapped a hard ground ball toward Bill Bucker at first, who was hobbling around thanks to gimpy legs, and the ball went between his legs in one of the most infamous miscues in baseball history.

Knight streaked all the way home, and the Mets won the game.

Despite the deflating defeat, the Red Sox showed some life early in Game 7, scoring three runs in the second inning.

The Mets stormed back with six runs in the sixth and seventh innings, and answering Boston’s own two scores in the eighth.

The ninth inning was anticlimactic from a baseball standpoint, but a joy for the Mets and their fans as the franchise won their second World Series ever (the first was in 1969).

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