Kerry 's World Series History
Did John Kerry attend Game Six of the 1986 World Series?
by Michael Goldfarb
10/22/2004 2:30:00 PM
JOHN KERRY, in his grand effort to be all things to all people, has spent the last few weeks trying to convince people that he, too, is a sports junkie, a hardcore Red Sox fan, and devotee of the NFL. His missteps, such as lauding "Lambert Field" during a visit to Wisconsin in August, may prove catastrophic come November 2. This particular blunder spurred the Football Fans For Truth to action, and may be, to some extent, responsible for Wisconsin's seeming transition from blue to red-these people take their football very seriously. With the spotlight now focused on the Red Sox and their tragic World Series history, Football Fans For Truth is drawing attention to what might be another major league gaffe by John Kerry.
On October 25, 1986, the Boston Red Sox were facing off against the New York Mets in the sixth game of the World Series. With a three games to two lead over the Mets, the Sox had an opportunity, at long last, to bring a championship to a city which hadn't known victory since 1918. After blowing a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning, first-baseman Bill Buckner let a ground-ball skip through his legs, and thus allowed the Mets Ray Knight to score the game's winning run. This infamous error was witnessed by none other than John Kerry, who on numerous occasions has claimed to have been seated at Shea Stadium that night, at a distance of no more than 30 yards from Buckner.
Unlike Kerry's disputed presence in Cambodia on December 25, 1969, his claim to have been a witness to one of the most infamous moments in Red Sox history should not have raised suspicion. But after claiming his favorite Red Sox player of all time was Eddie Yost, who never played a single game for the club, the research arm of Football Fans For Truth vigorously worked to verify Kerry's account of the event. The results of their investigation:
[i]N.M. GOVERNOR DETAILS HIS STATE'S SUCCESS STORY Published on October 26, 1986 Author(s): Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff
New Mexico's governor, who holds the highest elected post of any Hispanic nationwide, and the head of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination were given awards for political excellence last night by the Massachusetts Latino Democratic Committee.
More than 250 people--including Gov. Dukakis, US Sen. John Kerry and an array of state Cabinet members--attended the banquet at the World Trade Center in South Boston honoring Gov. Toney Anaya and Alex Rodriguez.[/i]
Football Fans For Truth notes that Senator Kerry's presence at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series can be confirmed by the UPI wire service. This leads to several questions. Could the Senator have confused the loss in game six with the loss in game seven? Was Buckner's error mis-seared into his memory just like his Cambodian Christmas? Did Senator Kerry perhaps hop a private jet after dinner in Boston, making it to Shea Stadium just in time for the tenth inning? Or is the Boston Globe perhaps at fault, having misreported the facts of the night in question?
Senator, Red Sox fans deserve the truth-did you or did you not root for the Mets on the night of October 25, 1986?
Michael Goldfarb is Staff Assistant at The Weekly Standard.
Correction appended, 10/22/04: The article originally stated that the Red Sox last won the World Series in 1914; the last Red Sox title came in 1918.