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1914 Boston becomes the first team to complete a four-game World Series sweep as the Miracle Braves beat the American League's heavily favored A's behind the solid pitching of Dick Ruldolph, who bests Philadelphia, 3-1. The Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, won the National League pennant by ten and a half games.

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1972 The day after Oakland wins the ALCS, Bowie Kuhn announces that A's shortstop Burt Campaneris, suspended for the rest of the division playoff for throwing his bat at Tiger hurler Lerrin LaGrow in Game 2, will be allowed to participate in the World Series. The commissioner cites the precedent of Yankee shortstop Frank Crosetti, who had been suspended for 30 days due to an ugly late-season incident with an umpire, being permitted to play in the 1942 Fall Classic by AL president Will Harridge, who decided to carry the penalty into next season rather than diminish his circuit's chances of winning a World Championship.
1974 Herb Washington, representing the tying run in the top of the ninth is picked off first base by Dodger closer Mike Marshall for the second out of Game 2, the only contest the A's will lose in the Fall Classic. The world-class sprinter, who will never have a plate appearance in his brief 105-game career, was selected by Oakland owner Charlie Finley to become the team's "designated runner," a position that doesn't exist with any other major league club.

2001 The Yankees, being down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, stave off elimination, beating the A's and Barry Zito, 1-0, thanks to the shutout pitching by Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada's fifth-inning home run. Shortstop Derek Jeter backing up an errant relay throw down the first base line and flipping it home to cut down Jeremy Giambi as the potential tying run becomes one of the most memorable defensive plays in postseason history.


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