While playing for the Yankees in the 1978 one-game playoff in Boston, Bucky Dent hit a three-run homer. This hit propelled New York to the ALCS and eventually, a World Series championship.
Dent was not just the last man in the order for the Yankees. He was also quite possibly the last player the Red Sox thought would hit a long ball. In over 5,000 career regular-season Major League plate appearances Dent hit only 40 home runs. Dent hit the bomb and the Yankees ousted heated rival Boston out of the postseason.
Since the homer, Red Sox fans have referred to him as, “Bucky Fucking Dent”. His post season heroics did not end there. In the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers, Dent hit .417 going 10-for-24 with seven runs batted. The effort earned him the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.
The Yankee payroll check shown here is dated November 15, 1978 representing payment for his post-season work.