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Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner celebrate unique friendship with painting

Mets-great Mookie Wilson unveils unique painting at Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It was one of the most historic moments in the history of the New York Mets, as great Mookie Wilsonwas able to hit a slow roller that got past Bill Buckner to lead the Metropolitans to a 6-5 victory-and the World Series Championship.

It is a moment, and a memory that will last in ‘forever’ and has started a unique friendship between the two men. Enough of a friendship for the duo to commission a painting of that historic play.

“Bill and I wanted to create something that demonstrates the spirit of the World Series, and the excitement of the game.” Wilson told the members of the media. “We believe the artist has captured that with this painting. Bill and I are forever linked by that one swing, so we combined our efforts on this project.”

Buckner had this to say, “We’ve been signing the same photo for the past 25 years. It is a great shot, but we wanted something new and different. That was a play that has come to define us and this is a beautiful depiction of that play.”

The original painting will now hang in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum at Citi Field, and was completed by renowned sports artist Rob MacDougall. For fans interested in purchasing the prints can check out: www.theplay86ws.com

Written on September 14, 2011 and can be seen on the Examiner.com site here:


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