At Bennett Park, Honus Wagner becomes the first player to steal three bases in a World Series contest. The Pirates third baseman's thievery enables Pittsburgh to beat Detroit, 8-6, in Game 3 of the Fall Classic.
Ty Cobb (Tigers -AL) and Frank Schulte (Cubs -NL) receive cars for being chosen the first-ever Most Valuable Player in their respective leagues. Known as the Chalmers Award, the new honor is sponsored by Chalmers Automotive, a Detroit based automobile company.
In front of the largest crowd to ever to see a World Series game, 42,300 fans watch the Red Sox beat the Phillies in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 2-1. The contest, which is played at the National League home of the Braves to accommodate more Boston patrons, ends when Duffy Lewis singles with two outs to score Harry Hopper in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Cubs become the first National League team to win a Fall Classic contest since 1926 when the Redbirds beat New York in Game 7. Chicago breaks the Senior Circuit's ten-game World Series skid in Game 3 with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia at Shibe Park.
The Yankees trade Joe Gordon, a future Hall of Fame second baseman who will leave the Bronx after playing in precisely 1,000 games and collecting exactly 1,000 hits, to the Indians for Allie Reynolds, who is called Superchief by his teammates due to his Creek heritage. The trade works well for both teams when Cleveland’s newest infielder plays a major role in the Tribe's World Championship next season, with the Bronx Bombers’ recently arrived right-hander compiling an amazing 131-60 (.686) record during his eight years with the team.
In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Indians beat the Braves, 4-3, to win the World Series. Bob Lemon gets the win with Gene Bearden pitching the final one and two-thirds innings to earn the save.
At Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, middleweight champion Carmen Basilo umpires an exhibition game between Mickey Mantle’s AL All-Stars and Willie Mays’ NL All-Star barnstorming squads. The contest, which costs only $2.50 to attend, features a home run hitting contest between Braves slugger Hank Aaron and Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito, who led the American League in home runs this season
In Game 4 of the World Series, Ken Boyer's sixth inning grand slam off Yankee starter Al Downing gives the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Yankees. The St. Louis third baseman is the second National Leaguer to hit a postseason bases-loaded round-tripper.
In Game 5, a 7-0 victory over the Twins at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis becomes the second player to steal three bases in a World Series game. The L.A. center fielder joins Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, who accomplished the feat on the same date 56 years ago against Detroit in Game 3 of the 1909 Fall Classic.
Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith, and Rico Petrocelli, his second of the game, all go deep off Dick Hughes in the bottom of the fourth inning at Fenway Park, marking the first time three home runs have been hit in the same inning in a World Series game. Boston's eventual 8-4 victory over St. Louis knots the Fall Classic at three games apiece.
Gil Hodges, with a year remaining on his contract to manage Washington, inks a three-year deal to become the Mets skipper. New York agrees to pay significant reparations to the Senators, and to send a player from the 40-man roster to Washington to get the fan-favorite former Dodger.
The Giants name Clyde King as the team's new manager, replacing Herman Franks. The San Francisco skipper will guide the club to 90 victories next season, but will be fired after blowing an 8-0 lead against the Padres in May, 1970.
The Cardinals trade outfielder/first baseman Bobby Tolan and right-hander Wayne Granger to the Reds for Vada Pinson. The World Champion Redbirds obtain the former All-star Gold Glove outfielder to replace Roger Maris, who retired after the season ended.
In the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS at Riverfront Stadium, George Foster scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch thrown by Bob Moose, giving the Reds a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Pirates. Earlier in the inning, Johnny Bench hit a home run off Dave Giusti to tie the score.
Bobby Winkles, former head baseball coach at Arizona State, becomes the first major league skipper taken from the collegiate ranks since Hugo Bezdek managed the Pirates in 1917. The Angel coach, who compiled a 524-173 record en route to three national championships with ASU, replaces Del Rice, who was fired after one season with the fifth-place (75-80) Halos.
As the first host of Saturday Night Live, George Carlin compares baseball to football in the opening monologue of the ground-breaking show. The comedian jokes the national pastime a gentler game, portraying the sport as one which is pastoral and played in a park as opposed to football, in which the objective is to march downfield and penetrate enemy territory in a stadium.
In Game 2 of the World Series, Bob Welch strikes out Reggie Jackson on a full count with two outs in the ninth, dramatically preserving a 4-3 Dodger victory over the Yankees.
The Expos win the National League Eastern Division when Steve Rogers shuts out the Phillies, 3-0. Divisional playoffs were devised to salvage the strike-shortened season.
In Game 3 of the ALCS, the Royals beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, with George Brett contributing to the victory by going 4-for-4, driving in three runs and scoring four times. The Kansas City third baseman, who will hit .348 with a .500 on base percentage during the seven game set with Toronto, will be selected as the series Most Valuable Player.
Tom Gorman, a former National League umpire for 25 seasons and major league pitcher who appeared in four games with the Giants in 1939, suffers a fatal heart attack at his New Jersey home. The 67-year old arbitrator will be buried in his umpire's uniform, holding a ball and strike indicator in his hand showing the count to be 3 and 2.
After participating in a game against the Dolphins in Miami, NFL Falcons' cornerback Deion Sanders flies to Pittsburgh hoping to become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues in the same day. The traveling outfielder, however, will not be in the lineup for the Braves' 7-1 loss in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium that evening.
With both starters ineffective in the decisive Game 5 of the ALCS and the score tied at 8-8 in the fourth, an ailing Pedro Martinez enters the game and doesn't yield another hit to the Indians for the next six innings. Troy O'Leary collects a grand slam and a three-run home run, both following an intentional pass to Nomar Garciaparra, contributing to the Red Sox 12-8 clinching victory.
The Yankees' eight hits in the 8th inning in Game 2 set an ALCS record and contribute to the Bronx Bombers' 7-1 victory over the Mariners. The Orioles (Game 1 - 1970), the Yankees (Game 2 - 1981) and the Blue Jays (Game 3 - 1985) had previously each had seven hits in one inning of a championship series.
Former Yankee and Diamondback skipper Buck Showalter is hired by the Rangers to be the team's manager. The Cubs, Mets, Devil Rays and Brewers had also expressed an interest in the ESPN commentator.
The Cubs (6) and Marlins (8) tie the NLCS homer record by hitting 14 dingers in the championship series. The mark was established by the Giants and Cardinals last year.
After seven tries during their 43-year history, the Astros finally win a postseason playoff series when they eliminate the Braves in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, 12-3. It is the third consecutive year Atlanta has lost Game 5 of the division series at Turner Field.
The Pirates hire former Dodger skipper Jim Tracy as the team’s manager to replace recently-fired Lloyd McClendon. It is the first time in nearly two decades Pittsburgh has looked outside the organization to select its field boss.
On a rainy mid-week afternoon in Manhattan, Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger die as their four-seat plane crashes into an Upper East Side high-rise building. Manny Acta, the Mets third base coach, is not sure he will be able to go to his home after tonight's scheduled Game 1 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium, due to damage to the Belaire Condominiums caused by the crash.
In the final game game to be played by at the Metrodome, the Yankees advance to the ALCS by defeating the hometown Twins, 4-1. A costly eighth inning base-running blunder by Nick Punto ends Minnesota's hopes of a comeback over a very talented New York team, which includes Alex Rodriguez, who went 5 for 11 with two homers and six RBIs in the three-game division series sweep.
Jonathan Papelbon, who had never given up a run in any of his previous 26 postseason innings, allows two inherited runners to score in the eighth, and yields another three runs in the ninth, giving the Angels, who trailed 5-1 going into the sixth inning, a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox. The Halos' comeback victory at Fenway completes a three-game sweep of the ALDS over a team which historically had been their nemesis, having been eliminated from the playoffs in their past four postseason encounters with Boston.
Admitting to a blown call, which led to the decisive run in the Rockies' 6-5 Game 2 NLDS loss to the Phillies at a very chilly Coors Field, home plate umpire Jerry Meals, after watching a post-game replay, states the ball that glanced off Chase Utley's leg should have not been considered in play. To make matters worse on the same play which was foul to begin with, umpire Ron Kulpa rules the runner safe on a close call which appeared to have the Philadelphia infielder beat at first base.
With their 3-2 victory over the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS at Turner Field, San Francisco advances to the National League Championship Series to play Philadelphia. After the last out of the game, the Giants players come onto the field to salute the opposing manager, Bobby Cox, who is retiring after 29 years in the dugout.
For the first time since the divisional playoffs began in 1995, all four series will go the distance to a Game 5 when both the Nationals and Orioles knot their respective series against the Cardinals and Yankees. Washington and Baltimore join the A's and Giants, who also forced a decisive game with victories over the Tigers and Reds in yesterday's LDS games.