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Our hometown heroes for 50 years — Part VIII: 1986

A New York Mets anniversary special

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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Thu Jul 19, 2012.

The Mets celebrated their 25th season with their second world championship, coming from behind to beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games. The most unforgettable highlight was the two-strike, two-out, bottom of the 10th inning moment in Game 6 when announcer Vin Scully of NBC called out, “It gets through Buckner!” as a Mookie Wilson roller got past the Boston first basemen, Bill Buckner, scoring Ray Knight to win the game and setting up Game 7.

1986

Record: 108-54, World Champions.

After a 2-3 start, the Mets win 11 in a row to tie the club record; the most dramatic of those wins is a 5-4, 10-inning win in St. Louis on April 24, triggering a four-game sweep of the Cardinals, which puts the Mets in first; they are never dislodged after that.

The Amazin’s are 13 and half games up at the All-Star Break, and wind up 21 and a half ahead of second-place Philadelphia.

Memorable games include the April 24 win in St. Louis; a July 3 win over Houston in which they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 10th to win 6-5; a zany 14-inning 6-3 win in Cincinnati on July 22, in which pitchers Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell alternated between pitcher and outfielder; and a 6-5 win in San Diego on Aug. 27, which ended on a centerfield to catcher to third base double play. A 4-2 win over the Cubs on Sept. 17 wins the division.

Newly acquired Bob Ojeda leads the staff with an 18-5 record and a 2.57 ERA; Dwight Gooden, (17-6), Ron Darling (15-6) and Sid Fernandez (16-6) round out the staff that leads the National League with a 3.11 ERA; Gooden and Fernandez both strike out 200 batters.

Gary Carter hits 24 home runs and drives in 105; Strawberry hits 27 and drives in 93; Keith Hernandez bats .310 with 83 RBIs.

The post season sees several memorable games: a 6-5 win over Houston in Game 3 of the League Championship Series, the winning runs coming on Lenny Dykstra’s walk-off two run homer; the 2-1 Game 5 win over Houston in 12 innings, the winning run coming on Gary Carter’s walk-off single; and the never to be forgotten 7-6, 16-inning win in Houston to win the pennant.

The Mets play Boston in the World Series. Trailing three games to two, they’re losing 5-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 with two outs, nobody on when they stage one of the most incredible comebacks in series history by scoring three runs, the winning run coming on the ground ball by Wilson that went through the legs of Buckner. The Mets wrap it up with an 8-5 win in game 7. Ray Knight, who scored the winning run on Wilson’s roller, is named World Series MVP.        

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