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October 24th

13 Fact(s) Found
1908 Baseball's anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is introduced by Bill Murray. The song writing team of Albert Von Tilzer (music) and Jack Norworth (words), who created the immortal tune, has never seen a game.

1911 The World Series is resumed after six days of rain. The A's, behind the pitching of Chief Bender, beat the Giants and Christy Mathewson 4-2 to give Philadelphia a 3-1 game lead in the Fall Classic.
1951 Former Reds and Dodger owner Larry MacPhail suggests there should be four new major leagues, including one located on the West Coast. The innovative baseball executive, responsible for introducing night baseball and commercial air travel, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
1972 Jackie Robinson, the first black player of the 20th century, dies of heart disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. The 53-year old Hall of Famer broke the color line playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
1987 Amidst the deafening crowd noise of the hanky-waving fans in the Metrodome, the Twins staved off elimination as the team scores a total of eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings of Game 6 to beat the Cardinals, 11-5.
1992 In Game 6, Canada wins its first-ever World Series when the Blue Jays beat the Braves, 4-3. Forty-one year old Dave Winfield's 11th inning double is the key hit in Toronto's victory.
2000 Orlando Hernandez (8-0, 1.90) loses his first postseason game as the Mets defeat the Yankees on a tie-breaking eighth inning double by Benny Agbayani, 4-2. New York native John Franco gets the win, ending the Yankees' record 14-game World Series winning streak.
2000 Roger Clemens is fined a reported $50,000 for throwing the jagged barrel of a shattered bat in the direction of Met catcher Mike Piazza in the first inning of Game 2 of the World Series.
2003 In Game 5 of the World Series, the Giants annihilate the Angels 16-4 at Pac Bell. Jeff Kent leads the attack with two home runs and four RBIs, and ties a Fall Classic record by scoring four times.
2006 Seven months after negotiations began, the Players' Association and MLB officials announce a five-year collective bargaining agreement has been reached. The longest accord in baseball history, which will end in 2011, assures the game will have a span of 16 years without a work stoppage.
2007 In a 13-1 rout of the Rockies, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia becomes the second player, and first rookie to hit a leadoff home run in a World Series opener. The 24-year old freshman, the 31st major leaguer to homer in his first Fall Classic appearance, joins Orioles' outfielder Don Buford, who went yard in 1969 as a leadoff batter in Game 1 off Tom Seaver of the Mets.

2011 With the help of a mismanaged Cardinal bullpen, Mike Napoli gives his team 3-2 Series lead when he hits a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Rangers' 4-2 victory in Game 5 in Arlington. The Texas catcher, who bats eighth in the order, becomes only the second player to have four multi-RBI games in a World Series, joining Yankee legend Mickey Mantle, who accomplished the feat against Pittsburgh in 1960.
2012 In the Giants' 8-3 victory over the Tigers at AT&T Park, Pablo Sandoval becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit three home runs in a World Series game. The San Francisco third baseman, with first, third, and fifth inning round-trippers in the opening game of the Fall Classic joins Yankees outfielders Babe Ruth (1926, 28) and Reggie Jackson (1977) and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (2011) in accomplishing the feat.

13 Fact(s) Found