Former Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio's and actress Marilyn Monroe's well-publicized stormy marriage ends in divorce after the famous movie star files on the grounds of mental cruelty, just 274 days after the wedding. Joltin' Joe will send roses to ex-wife's grave three times per week for the next 20 years after she dies in 1962.
The Tigers begin an eighteen-game tour of Japan. Detroit and will compile a 12-4-2 record against their opponents from the 'Land of the Rising Sun'. During the trip, the two countries work out terms of player exchanges between the two nations, giving the commissioner of the respective league final approval of any transaction.
The Braves trade outfielder Rico Carty, who led the National League in 1970 batting .366, to the Rangers for hurler Jim Panther. The 28 year-old right-hander will post a 2-3 record with an ERA of 7.14 for Atlanta in his final season in the major leagues, and the traded outfielder will retire in 1979, finishing his 15-year career with a lifetime .299 batting average.
The Royals become the sixth team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the Fall Classic when series MVP Bret Saberhagen, who became a new dad yesterday, blanks the Cardinals on five hits, 11-0. Kansas City is the first team in World Series history to lose its first two games at home and then come back to win the World Championship.
In another dramatic comeback win, the Mets defeat the Red Sox, 8-5 to win Game 7 of the Fall Classic to become World Champions for the second time in the 25-year franchise history. Third baseman Ray Knight makes amends for an earlier error by hitting a home run which puts the Mets ahead for good in the seventh inning.
After a ten day delay due to the earthquake, the World Series resumes with the A's beating the Giants in Game 3, 13-7. Oakland joins the 1928 Yankees as only the second team in major league history to hit five home runs in a Fall Classic contest.
In Game 7 of the 'Worst to First' World Series, the Twins beat the Braves, 1-0, when Dan Gladden scores the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on Gene Larkin's single, clinching its second world championship since relocating from Washington D.C. in 1961. Atlanta and Minnesota had both finished in last place in their respective divisions the previous season.
Jack Morris goes the distance in Game 7 of the World Series, blanking the Braves, 1-0, in the Twins' ten-inning, dramatic walk-off win at the Metrodome. The 36 year-old right-hander, who posts a 2-0 record along with a 1.17 ERA during his three starts, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.
President Bill Clinton signs into law legislation overriding part of a 1922 Supreme Court ruling which exempted baseball from antitrust laws on grounds that it was not considered interstate commerce. The 76 year-old exemption helped owners use the reserve clause to deprive players of bargaining rights and led to much of the labor unrest in the national pastime.
The Yankees, behind the solid pitching of Roger Clemens, sweep their second straight Fall Classic, beating the Braves, 4-1. Atlanta joins the New York Giants (1910-19) as the only teams to lose four World Series in a decade.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani thinks it is okay for children to take a day off from school to watch the Yankees' ticker-tape parade. His Honor, believing baseball can be an educational experience, has allowed his own kids, Andrew and Caroline, to miss classes in the past to watch the Bronx Bombers' postseason celebrations.
The Mets, this year's runner-up in the Subway Series, turn down New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's invitation to be part of the parade for the World Champion Yankees down the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.
In the team's 42nd season, the Angels finally win a World Series title by beating the Giants, 4-1, in Game 7 at Edison Field. Garret Anderson's three-run double provides enough offense for John Lackey to become the first rookie to win a seventh game since 1909 when Babe Adams accomplished the feat for the Pirates.
The Red Sox announce Grady Little's contract will not be renewed. The manager, who won 188 games during his two seasons with Boston, was severely criticized for not removing a tiring Pedro Martinez in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, giving the Yankees an opportunity to tie the score in their eventual extra-inning pennant-winning victory.
Under the moon’s reddish tint caused by a lunar eclipse, the Red Sox exorcised 86 years of agonizing losses by winning their first World Series since 1918. In one of the most dominating Fall Classic performances, Boston, who never trailed during the four games, blanks the Cardinals, 3-0, to complete the sweep.
After a 10-day Overstock.com on-line auction and 240 bids, Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball goes for $804,129. Steve Williams, who came up with the milestone ball in SBC’s left field bleachers on September 17, announced he was quitting his day job as a broker's assistant, but hadn’t decided what to do with the windfall.
At the new Busch Stadium, the Cardinals beat the heavily favored Tigers, 4-2, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic to win their first world championship since 1982. With an 83-78 record, St. Louis, who lost 10 of their last 14 regular season games, won fewer games than any World Series champion in baseball history.
After leading the Padres to two consecutive NL West titles, Bruce Bochy, with a year left on his contract, leaves San Diego, to become the manager of the division rival, San Francisco Giants. The 51 year-old skipper, who compiled a 951-975 (.494) record during his 12 seasons in the Friars dugout, signs a three-year deal worth approximately $6 million.
In the first Fall Classic game ever played in Colorado, Daisuke Matsuzaka becomes the first Japanese starting pitcher in World Series history, allowing two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings, to get the win against the Rockies in the 10-5 Red Sox Game 3 victory. After paying $51.1 million for the rights to negotiate with the right-hander, Boston obtained 'Dice-K' from the Seibu Lions, signing the World Baseball Classic MVP to a 6-year deal worth $52 million.
In a 5-4 Game 3 loss to the Phillies, B.J. Upton becomes the fourth player and first American Leaguer to steal three bases in a World Series game. The Rays' center fielder joins Honus Wagner (Pirates, 1909), Willie Davis (Dodgers, 1965), and Lou Brock (Cardinals, 1967) to accomplish the trio of thefts in a Fall Classic contest.
After playing in drenching steady rain until the middle of the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park, Game 5 of the World Series is suspended, making it the first Fall Classic contest to start and not be played to completion. The 2-2 tied game between the Rays and hometown Phillies, who are one victory away from a world championship, will resume tomorrow at the point the rain delay stopped play.
General manager Ed Wade announces Brad Mills has agreed to a two-year contract, with a team option for the third, to become the Astros' manager, replacing Dave Clark, who served as interim manager when Cecil Cooper was fired in September. The 52 year-old, who for the past six seasons has been Terry Francona's bench coach with the Red Sox, has never managed in the majors, but spent 11 seasons as a minor league skipper with the Cubs, Rockies, and Dodgers.
The San Diego State University baseball team continues their tradition in which every player dons a costume during a late-October intra-squad scrimmage. The Aztecs' third annual Halloween Game at Tony Gwynn Stadium, which is open to the public, features team members dressed as the Jamaican Bobsled Team, social media apps, a Leprechaun, as well as Captain America and Captain Underwear.
The Red Sox win the first World Series game to ever end on a pickoff, beating the Cardinals, 4-2, in Game 4 of the Fall Classic. Kolten Wong, a 23 year-old rookie pinch-running for Allen Craig, is caught off first base by Boston closer Koji Uehara, ending the Busch Stadium contest with the dangerous Carlos Beltran at the plate.
Michael Conforto becomes the third player to accomplish the World Series Triple Crown, playing in the Little League World Series (2014 Redmond LL, WA), the College World Series (2013 Oregon State) and the MLB World Series (2015 Mets). The two other major leaguers who have participated in the rare event are Jason Varitek (1984 Altamonte Springs LL, FL, 1994 Georgia Tech, and the 2004 Red Sox) and Ed Vosberg (1973 Tucson LL, AZ, 1980 University of Arizona, and the 1997 Marlins).