Bill Buckner's '86 World Series glove, cleats up for auction

ByDarren Rovell ESPN logo
Saturday, October 8, 2016

The glove and cleats worn by Bill Buckner on the day he made the most famous error in baseball history are hitting the auction block.

Goldin Auctions is auctioning off what was on the Boston Red Sox first basemen's hands and feet during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series when a Mookie Wilson ground ball rolled through his legs. The New York Mets eventually went on to win the game and the series.

The glove, a black MacGregor model mitt, was autographed by Buckner and inscribed to famous collector Barry Halper. Halper's collection was sold by Sotheby's in 1999. The consignor bought the glove in that auction for $51,750, as well as the cleats.

"This is one of the most famous gloves in baseball history," said Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin. "The only one I could think of that would be more famous is the glove that Willie Mays wore for his famous catch at the Polo Grounds, and that has never surfaced."

If the actual ball that rolled through Buckner's legs is a guide for the market, the value of the glove might have significantly increased. That ball, which was sold by Charlie Sheen in 2000 to songwriter Seth Swirsky, for $64,000, was sold by Swirsky in 2012 for $418,250.

"I think this glove could sell for six times more like the ball did," Goldin said.

The consignor wishes to remain anonymous, Goldin said, but did disclose it was owned by a Mets fan.

Even though the Red Sox have won three World Series titles since Buckner's error, Goldin says he thinks the next owner of the glove, and the cleats, also will be a Mets fan.

The minimum bid for the glove is $25,000. The auction opens on Monday and closes on Oct. 29.