The 1986 World Series will always be known for Bill Buckner letting a ground ball go through his legs in Game 6 that allowed the New York Mets to win that game, and eventually the seventh game to win the World Series. The play drew comparisons of Buckner to Fred Merkle, who in the 1908 World Series was called out after he knocked in the game winning run because he didn’t touch first base, which nullified the winning run.
What most people do not remember about the 1986 series is that if it wasn’t for Gary Carter hitting two home runs in Game 4, there may not have been a Game 6 or a Game 7. Entering the fourth game, the Boston Red Sox held a 2-1 series lead, and had the chance to be just one win away from winning their first world series since they sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.
The game was scoreless in the fourth inning when Carter stepped up to the plate with one out and Wally Backman on base. Carter proceeded to hit a home run to left field to put the Mets up 2-0. Ray Knight then singled later in the inning to score Darryl Strawberry to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
That was the score in the seventh inning when Lenny Dykstra hit a home run to right field to score Mookie Wilson and put the Mets up 5-0. Carter then stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning and hit a solo home run to left field to put the Mets up 6-0.
The Red Sox scored two runs in the eighth inning, but were unable to climb back, and ended up losing the game 6-2 to even the series at two games. After a uneventful Game 5, Game 6 happened, and the rest is history.