At Swampoodle Grounds in Washington, D.C., James Francis Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes baseball's first pitcher to record his 300th victory when he defeats the hometown Senators, 5-1. The 31 year-old 'Pud', a workhorse who will win 20 games 10 of the 14 seasons he plays in the big leagues, will end his career with 361 victories.
The Beaneaters suffer their 100th loss of the season when they drop the first game of a Washington Park doubleheader, 11-5, to the Superbas, a team that has already lost 103 games. It is the first occurrence in major league history that two teams with triple-digit losses have been opponents.
Defeating Detroit, 6-1, Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season. Big Ed's win total remains a White Sox single-season record. 'Big Ed', a right-hander from Meriden, CT, will finish his 14-year Hall of Fame career with a 195-126 record and sets the all-time ERA mark with an earned run average of 1.82.
During the Highlanders’ last game to be played at Hilltop Park, Homer Thompson appears in his first and last game in the majors. Although the New York backstop doesn’t come to bat, his debut is memorable as he catches his younger brother Tommy, making the siblings the first brothers to form a battery in American league history.
Eddie Grant, a captain attached to the 307th Infantry, becomes the first major leaguer to be killed during World War l. The former Giants third baseman is hit by a shell while leading a unit to rescue the Lost Battalion, the name given to a contingent of roughly 554 soldiers of the United States 77th Division isolated by the German forces after an American attack in the Argonne Forest.
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes in Game 4 of the World Series Tommy Henrich appears to be struck out ending the game, but 'Old Reliable' reaches first base on Mickey Owen's passed ball. The catcher's blunder turns a sure 4-3 Brooklyn win into a heart-breaking 7-4 loss to the Yankees.
Behind the outstanding pitching of rookie Johnny Beazley, the Cardinals stun the baseball world by beating the Yankees, 2-1, to win the World Series in five games.
Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of most memorable catches in World Series history when he robs Joe DiMaggio of an extra base hit with two men on base in the sixth inning. The outfielder's heroics help to preserve an 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic.
Don Newcombe, who allows only four hits and strikes out 11 through eight innings of Game 1 of the World Series, gives up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to Tommy Henrich as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 1-0 . 'Old Reliable's shot to right field, the first game-ending home run in the history of the Fall Classic, gives Allie Reynolds the complete game win and it is Casey Stengel's first postseason victory.
In Game 2 of the World Series, right fielder Mickey Mantle's season comes to an immediate end when he severely injures his right knee when his cleats get caught on a drainage cap at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio's abrupt call for Willie Mays' fly ball in center field leads many to believe the last minute call was a contributing factor to the torn cartilage suffered by the 19 year-old rookie.
In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers win their record fifth consecutive World Series in dramatic fashion. Billy Martin, the Series MVP, collects his twelfth hit of the Fall Classic, a single which scores Hank Bauer, giving New York a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dodgers.
In the first World Series game ever played in Milwaukee, native son Tony Kubek hits two home runs in the 9-3 rout of the hometown Braves, that puts his Bronx Bombers ahead two games to one in the Fall classic. The Yankee shortstop becomes the second rookie to hit two round-trippers in a Fall Classic game, a feat first accomplished by Charlie Keller, who hit a pair of homers in Game 3 in 1939.
At Forbes Field, Roger Maris becomes the seventh major leaguer to homer in first World Series at-bat. The right fielder's first-inning round-tripper off Vernon Law gets the Yankees off to a good start, but the Pirates will win Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 6-4.
In Game 4 Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s record with his 15th World Series home run. The Yankees slugger turns around a Sandy Koufax fastball in the seventh inning to tie the score, but the blast isn’t enough to stave off the Dodgers’ Fall Classic sweep of the Bronx Bombers.
Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record by striking out six consecutive batters in the Orioles' 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. Brooks and Frank Robinson hit back-to back homers in the first inning.
Glenn Burke greets Dusty Baker on the dugout steps to congratulate his Dodger teammate for hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. The greeting, which consists of the two players extending their right arms above their heads and slapping their hands to make a resounding clap, is considered to be the first 'high five' in baseball history.
The Yankees break the American League regular attendance season record held by the 1948 Indians with 2,627,417 fans.
Reaching first on a fielder's choice in the top of the seventh in the 4-0 win over the Twins, Royals' leadoff hitter Willie Wilson establishes a major league record for the most at-bats in a season with 705. The Kansas City outfielder will collect 230 hits and score 133 runs for the division winning club.
Brewers' outfielder Ben Ogilvie becomes the first non-American born player to lead the American League in home runs. On the last day of the season, the 31 year-old Panamanian goes deep off Oakland's Rick Langford for his 41st homer, which ties Reggie Jackson for the most round trippers in the Junior Circuit.
In a duel between two 19-game winners on the last day of the season, Scott McGregor enters the 20-win circle for the first and only time when he bests Len Barker in the Orioles' 7-1 victory over the Indians. The Cleveland right-hander, who gives up six runs in five innings to finish the campaign with a 19-12 record, will never again come close to being a 20-game winner.
Bob Watson replaces Bill Wood as the general manager of the Astros, making the former Houston player the first black GM in baseball history. Bill Lucas had performed many similar duties for the Braves in the late 1970s, but he never officially held the title.
With their 115th victory of the season, the Seattle Mariners break the 1998 Yankee record for most wins in a season. The 1906 Cubs hold the major league record with 116 wins.
In the longest 9-inning game in major league history, Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season during the 4 hours and 27 minutes, 11-10 loss to the Dodgers at Pac Bell Park. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire's 1998 record of 70, and then homers again in his next at bat to extend his record to 72.
The Braves maul the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and become the first team in professional sports to win 10 consecutive division titles. The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) had both won nine in a row.
Arizona's Albie Lopez hurls a three-hit shutout to beat the Brewers at Miller Park, 5-0. The Diamondback victory clinches a tie for the NL West flag and with the win‚ the 30 year-old right-hander avoids becoming the first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman accomplished the feat in 1980.
On the last day of the season, 38-year-old Jamie Moyer (20-6) becomes the oldest first-time 20-game winner when the Mariners beat Texas at Safeco Field, 6-2. The Seattle southpaw will also compile a 21-7 record in 2003.
For the first time in its 42 year-old history, the Angels win a postseason series by beating the Yankees, 9-5, to take the ALDS, 3 games to 1. It is the first play-off appearance for the franchise since 1986 when after being a strike away from advancing the to the World Series in Game 5 of the ALCS the team loses to the Red Sox in 7 games.
At Game 2 of the NLCS played at Petco Park, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who recently became baseball's all-time saves leader, catches the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Lee Smith, the reliever he surpassed with his 479th save. The two 'firemen' exchange autographed baseballs after the toss.
The Indians, with six games left on on the schedule, announce they have dismissed Eric Wedge, their manager for the past seven years. The Cleveland skipper, whose firing had been rumored for weeks, asks to remain in the dugout to manage the fifth-place Tribe for the remainder of the season.
Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton breaks Ichiro's Japanese record for the most hits in a single season when he strokes his 211th hit of the year, a two-run single to center in a game against the Yakult Swallows. The 29-year old former major leaguer, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Red Sox who was traded to the Cubs in a four-team deal that included Nomar Garciaparra, also played with the A's before being released by the Rockies last season.
During the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, a squirrel runs across home plate just as Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt begins to deliver a pitch to Skip Schumaker. Umpire Ángel Hernández calls the pitch a ball, much to the chagrin of the right-hander and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who believe that "no pitch" should be called due to the distraction caused by the grey rodent, immortalized by the Redbirds fans as the "rally squirrel".