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The 1986 NL Championship was an epic, best-of-seven series that pitted the 96-66 Houston Astros against the dominant New York Mets, coming off a 108-54 season, easily the greatest team of their era.  Though the series was decided in six games, it was an outstanding series, filled with close games.  Up until the start of Game 6, all but one of the games were decided by two runs or less, and the previous night's game was a 12-inning affair, won by the Mets by a two-run margin.

After the 12-inning, nearly four-hour affair in muddy conditions, both exhausted teams flew to Houston for a game the following day. The game pitted the Mets' Bobby Ojeda against Houston starter Bob Knepper, and the Astros got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Both teams then settled in, going scoreless for the next eight innings.  Heading into the top of the ninth needing three runs to tie, Lenny Dykstra led off with a triple, and scored on a Mookie Wilson single.  Keith Hernandez scored Wilson with a double, and reliever Dave Smith walked Gary Carter and Daryl Strawberry to load the bases, and then gave up a game-tying sacrifice fly to Ray Knight.  Smith then struck out Danny Heep to keep the game tied.  The Astros were scoreless in their half of the ninth, to send the game into extra innings.

The game remained tied heading into the 14th inning, when Wally Backman singled in the go-ahead run to put the Mets ahead, 4-3.  In the bottom of the 14th, Billy Hatcher homered off the foul pole in left field off Mets closer Jesse Orosco to bring the Astros back into a tie, where the game remained into the 16th.

In the top of the 16th inning, Darryl Strawberry doubled to lead off against Aurelio Lopez, scoring on Ray Knight's single, to put the Mets back ahead, 5-4.  In relief, Jeff Calhoun walked Wally Backman and threw two wild pitches, the second one off Orosco, which scored Ray Knight from third and moved Backman to second.  After Orosco sacrificed Backman to third, Lenny Dykstra scored him with a single to right.

In the bottom of the 16th off Jesse Orosco, the Astros got two runners on with one out, and Billy Hatcher singled home Davey Lopes to bring the Astros within two runs.  After erasing Hatcher on a forceout, Glenn Davis hit a two-out single to score Bill Doran, moving Denny Walling into scoring position.  With Astros pitching ace Mike Scott warmed up and ready to come in to pitch the 17th, Orosco struck out Kevin Bass with runners in scoring position to end the game and send the Mets to the World Series.  One of the most exciting games and dramatic finishes in baseball history.

The fact that a full ticket exists to this game is inexplicable, as its original owner missed out on the opportunity to attend one of the greatest games ever played.  The full ticket makes for an outstanding collectible, however, in EX condition or better, some light wear evident but not interfering with the display quality of the piece.  A seldom-seen full ticket to an amazing baseball game.

1986 NLCS Game 6 New York Mets at Houston Astros Full Ticket - Mets Win in 16 Innings1986 NLCS Game 6 New York Mets at Houston Astros Full Ticket - Mets Win in 16 Innings
1986 NLCS Game 6 New York Mets at Houston Astros Full Ticket - Mets Win in 16 Innings
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $123
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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