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Didja Ever Notice: How well do you know the bottom of the 10th?

The answers to all of these can be found from a viewing of the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, or in the comments section of this blog.

1- What was the last name of the Red Sox pitching coach, Bill, who visited the mound to talk to Calvin Schiraldi in the middle of the Mets comeback? His last name is spelled differently from that of a chunky Mets pitcher of the early 1960s. This coach's claim to fame is that he once pitched 84 1/3 straight innings without issuing a walk.

2- The attendance for Game 6 of the World Series was 55-thousand and ____. You can fill in the blank with the last 2 digits being the same as a season that haunts Red Sox fans.

3- This former Met, who teamed with Calvin Schiraldi to pitch badly in the 26-7 loss to the Phillies in 1985, was standing with Bob Stanley in the bullpen during the inning, though Vin Scully noted he was not throwing at that moment. Name him.

4- How much money did each player get for winning the World Series in 1918?

5- Fill in the blank, courtesy of Vin Scully: "When you have made a decision and will stick in your ____ all winter, it will make the offseason almost interminable. And that's the life of a big league manager."

6- How many times did the Mets swing-and-miss at a pitch in the bottom of the 10th?

7- With Ray Knight at bat, an object came flying out of the stands as the first pitch was delivered to him. It landed by the backstop. What was that object?

8- "Both teams playing fast and loose with the baseball, as the error column would indicate..." How many errors had the two teams made prior to Buckner's?

9- How many times did the Mets come-from-behind to win a game in the regular season?

10- How many times does Mookie Wilson's ground ball bounce before reaching Bill Buckner?


metswalkoffs said…
1- The Red Sox pitching coach was Bill (no relation to Jack) Fisher

2- The paid attendance was 55,078 who were "really put through the ringer."

3- How would the 10th inning have been different if John McNamara had gone to his other option, Joe Sambito.

4- Each member of the 1918 Red Sox received approximately $1,000 as the winners share.

5- When you have made a decision and will stick in your CRAW all winter, it will make the offseason almost interminable. And that's the life of a big league manager.

6- Every swing the Mets took in the 10th inning resulted in either a foul ball, or a ball put into play. The Mets did not swing and miss in the 10th.

7- An apparent attempt to distract Calvin Schiraldi with a roll of toilet paper that came flying out of the stands failed.

8- Each team had made 2 errors prior to Buckner's.

9- The Mets had 39 come-from-behind wins in the 1986 regular season.

10- I count 2 bounces of the ball before it reaches Bill Buckner.

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