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Baseball On Simchat Torah

Baseball On Simchat Torah

Gary Rosenblatt’s column about the 1960 Yankees-Pirates World Series game on Simchat Torah (“In The Big Inning,” Sept. 27) reminded me about another very famous baseball game played on Simchat Torah — the 1986 World Series game between the Red Sox and Mets, in which Bill Buckner’s error on a Mookie Wilson ground ball allowed the Mets to stay alive and eventually win the game. 

Being observant, I did not find out about the game’s result until the following morning, but I have heard that throngs of Mets fans who were at Lincoln Square Synagogue for the Jewish holiday were glued to the rows of TV sets that appeared through the storefront window of a local electronics store — bypassing the dancing in the streets with the Torah to watch the dramatic ending of the game. As a Mets fan who has had very little to cheer about since, I can forgive them for this transgression, as I don’t doubt that if I were there at the time, I may have succumbed to temptation and joined in myself.
Michael Feldstein

Stamford, Conn.

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