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Ballplayer Known for Botched Play to Revisit the Moment in Appearance on Comedy

Jul 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A baseball player known for committing an error that changed the outcome of the World Series will appear as himself on an upcoming episode of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm, The New York Times reports.

Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner will show up on the episode after Larry suffers the indignity of muffing a grounder in a softball game, according to the story.

In the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, Buckner let a ground ball hit by the New York Mets’ Mookie Wilson get through his legs, allowing a run to score and leading to the Red Sox losing the Series.

In "Curb," Larry David’s character turns to Buckner for advice. David told The Times, "I wrote the outline and then called him. He’s a very quiet guy. It’s not like you’re talking to one of your friends. He’s quiet. He has a cowboy quality. You sense that he’s a decent guy.”

Buckner will be featured in episode nine of the 10-episode season currently running on HBO.

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