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For many, fair accounting of ’86 World Series still eludes

I always enjoy reading Kevin Paul Dupont’s “On Second Thought” in the Sunday Sports section. I just wish that last week’s column, “Compounding the error,” had done more to correct the long-standing myth that it was Bill Buckner who cost the Red Sox the 1986 World Series.

The Sox were up 5-3 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 10th. Then reliever Calvin Schiraldi gave up three singles, which, combined with what Dupont and I call Rich Gedman’s passed ball (wrongly scored as reliever Bob Stanley’s wild pitch), tied the score. Only then was the ground ball hit to Buckner.

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