After an eleven-year hiatus the Boston Red Sox finally returned to the Fall Classic in 1986, determined to shake the "Curse of the Bambino" once and for all. The New York Mets were making their third World Series appearance, having totaled 108 regular season wins while finishing a whopping 21 1/2 games ahead of their nearest competition. The Mets boasted a standout pitcher in Dwight Gooden who had fueled the National League much like his counterpart Roger Clemens had against the American League. The impending showdown on the mound dominated the hype, but in the end the dramatic seven game series may best be remembered for Buckner’s folly and the perpetuation of the dreaded “curse." This trophy is one of a half dozen or less, produced by Balfour in commemoration of the Mets 1986 World Championship. Standing a full 25 in. tall, these trophies were presented to team owners and a handful of elite officials within the Mets organization by the Commissioner of Baseball (Miniature replicas were produced in far greater numbers for players and other key personnel). Near mint condition.