A's hurler Jack Coombs picks up his record-tying third World Series win when he beats the Cubs, 7-1. Philadelphia takes the Fall Classic in five games.
Dodger President Branch Rickey announces that the team has signed two black players, shortstop Jackie Robinson and pitcher Johnny Wright, to play with Brooklyn's Triple A team in Montreal. The 26-year old Negro League infielder will be the first black player to play in organized baseball since 1884.
The Associated Press selects Giants skipper Leo Durocher as the manager of the year.
The Pacific Coast League announces its teams will play a reduced 176-game schedule next season. The PCL clubs, however, will continue to play 180 contests in 1953 as they have for the past two seasons
The Associated Press names Danny Murtaugh as its major league manager of year. In his first full year in the Pirates' dugout, the team improves by 22 games, 14 games over .500, finishing in second place, eight games behind Milwaukee.
Boston trades first baseman Ben Ogilvie to the Tigers in exchange for Dick McAuliffe. The former Detroit shortstop will hit only .210 in 100 games for his new team next season, but in 1975 the Hartford native will become the manager of club's Double-A farm team, the Bristol Red Sox, located in his home state of Connecticut.
After months of debate, King County Executive Randy Revelle and team owner George Aggyros sign a new lease calling for the Mariners to play in the Kingdome through the 1996 season. The deal contains a provision which allows the M's to leave Seattle after the 1987 season if attendance stays below 1.4 million, and season ticket sales fall under the 10,000 mark.
In Game 5 of the World Series played at Fenway Park, Bruce Hurst throws a complete game to beat the Mets, 4-2, earning his second victory of the Fall Classic and bringing the team within one game of ending their 68-year World Championship drought. New York will dash the Red Sox Nation's hopes with two come-from-behind victories at Shea Stadium.
Thanks to Joe Carter's dramatic ninth inning three-run homer, the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 8-6 to win their second consecutive World Championship. The Toronto outfielder becomes just the second player to end the World Series with a home run, joining Bill Mazeroski, whose Forbes Field's round tripper beat the Yankees in 1960.
Mike Piazza, the sixty-second round pick of the 1988 draft, is the BBWAA's unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award in the National League. The Dodger catcher is the first player to hit over .300 (.318)‚ connect for more than 30 homers (35)‚ and drive in at least 100 runs (112) in the Senior Circuit as a freshman since Wally Berger accomplished the feat in his initial major league season with the Braves in 1930.
Former Astros GM Bob Watson is named as the Yankees' new general manager, replacing Gene Michael. Watson, upset with the chain of command within the organization, will stay in the position for just two seasons, but under his watch the team will win its first World Series since 1978, establishing the groundwork for the very successful Bronx Bomber clubs of the late 1990's.
After losing the first two games of the Fall Classic at the Stadium, David Cone limits the Braves to four hits and one run in six innings en route to a Yankee 5-2 win. It will be first of 14 consecutive World Series victories as the Bronx Bombers start their run of four titles in five years.
Davey Johnson is hired as the manager of the Dodgers. The former Met, Red and Oriole skipper has finished first with every team he has managed.
Although lacking big league managerial experience, Pirates' hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is named as the team's skipper, replacing the recently-fired Gene Lamont. During the new manager's five-year tenure in the Pittsburgh dugout, the struggling Bucs will compile a 336-446 (.430) record.
Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak being broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995 is voted as baseball's most memorable moment by the fan participating Major league baseball and MasterCard promotion. Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, Jackie Robinson becoming the first black to play in major league baseball, Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris' single-season home run record and Lou Gehrig's farewell speech were also in the top five events selected by the fans.
Joining Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson, Darryl Kile will become the third player to appear on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot before the mandatory five-year waiting period. The 33-year-old Cardinal pitcher, who died of heart disease, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room in June.
In Game 4 of the World Series, Barry Bonds is walked intentionally three times, setting a new record for a Fall Classic game. Angels starting pitcher John Lackey, who issues all the free passes to the Giants left fielder, does not factor in the decision in San Francisco’s 4-3 victory at Pac Bell, which deadlocks the series at two.
For the 14th time in World Series history, a walk off home run ends the contest when Scott Podsednik's ninth inning blast in Game 2 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field beats the Astros, 7-6. Bill Mazeroski remains the only player to accomplish the feat in the seventh game of the Fall Classic.
On the verge of the first World Series game in Texas, much to the chagrin of the Astros, MLB rules Houston must play Game 3 of the Fall Classic with its Minute Maid Park roof open. During the regular season, the team had a much better record (38-17) when the ballpark was enclosed than in games started in open air (15-11).
Extending his scoreless streak to 24 1/3 postseason innings, dating back to 2003 with the Twins, Kenny Rogers blanks the Cardinals for eight innings, when the Tigers beat the Cardinals 3-1 to even the World Series at a game apiece. The "Gambler's" recent play-off success comes under suspicion as TV cameras spot an unknown dark spot on the right-hander's pitching hand in the first inning which he claims to be only mud.