Mets clutch moment: Mookie Wilson’s at-bat in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
Mets fans who were alive during the 198- World Series will tell you where they were when Bill Buckner committed the infamous error to end Game Six.
But what some will leave out is perhaps the most clutch at-bat in Mets history by Mookie Wilson.
After Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, and Ray Knight all hit 2-out singles in the bottom of the 10th inning down by two runs off Boston’s Calvin Schiraldi, it was up to Mookie Wilson to make something happen at the plate against Bob Stanley with runners on first and third with two outs and a run (Carter) scored.
With the Red Sox just one out away from finally winning their first World Series since 1918, Mookie Wilson had other ideas. He fouled off the first offering from Stanley before taking two balls in a row. Wilson then fouled off three more pitches in a row, before a wild pitch allowed Mitchell to score the tying run and Knight to advance to second base.
Wilson continued to foul off pitches, two more to be exact to get the at-bat to its tenth pitch. Wilson hit a weak ground ball to the first baseman Bill Buckner only for the ball to get under his legs to score Knight from second base to give the Mets a dramatic 6-5 victory.
It was pure pandemonium at Shea that night as a raucous crowd of 55,078 saw the Mets season extend one more game, in which the Mets secured their second championship two nights later.