Sports History & Memorabilia: Bucky Dents the Boston Red Sox

Neil Scherer is a sports historian and art/vintage sports art dealer, whose collection has been featured in the Mattatuck (Conn.) Museum and beyond. Today Neil takes us back to 1978 and the famous Bucky “Bleepin'” Dent home run against the Boston Red Sox. Read more of his posts here!


It would take 27 years after Thomson’s dramatic Polo Grounds Home Run before baseball would experience another playoff home run that would be almost as memorable.

The 1978 season ended with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees tied with 99-63 records. By winning a coin toss the Red Sox would host the one-game playoff to see who would go on to the American League Championship.



October 2, 1978 would be remembered by Yankee and Red Sox fans for eternity. With the Red Sox leading 2-0 thanks to a 2 run HR by Carl Yaztremski against Ron Guidry, Red Sox pitcher Mike Torrez was in control going into the 7th inning facing Bucky Dent with two men on.

Bucky broke the Fenway faithful hearts with a 3 run HR over the green monster causing the shocked YAZ to crumble in disbelief out in left field. This dramatic HR would spur the Yankees to victory and make Dent forever a villain in Boston where generations of Bostonians to this day can only say Bucky F’n Dent when they relive that life changing moment.



This display measuirng 44 x 60 celebrates  Bucky Dent’s home run and the ensuing Yankee victory with a unique photograph and quote from Mr. Dent on his HR in the center of this work. On either side of the display are the autographs of all players and managers of this memorable game among RIVALS. The tribute includes a ticket and program from the game as well as pins stating the common chants among the two fan bases “RED SOX SUCK” and “YANKEES SUCK.” We are proud to include this work telling one of the great stories between these two proud franchises.


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