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October 18th

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1913 In Cincinnati, the Giants rout the White Sox, 11-2, beginning a five-month world-wide barnstorming trip that will include stops in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The teams recruit top players from both leagues, including Tris Speaker, Buck Weaver, Christy Mathewson as well as Sam Crawford, but former Olympian Jim Thorpe is the main attraction during the global tour.
1925 Two weeks after pitching his final game for the Reds, Army Reserve First Lieutenant pilot Marvin Goodwin's plane goes into a tailspin and crashes near Houston's Ellington Field. The 34 year-old right-hander, who appeared in four games for Cincinnati, three as a starter, and posted an 0-2 record, which included two complete games, will die in three days as the result of being badly injured, with two broken legs, a fractured skull, along with severe internal injuries.
1950 Connie Mack, after spending a half of a century managing in the major leagues, retires as skipper of the A's. The 87 year-old skipper, who has the most wins and loses in the history of the game, will be replaced by Jimmy Dykes, after compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record during his 50 years in the dugout.

"Resigned, fired, quit, discharged, use whatever you damn please. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again" - CASEY STENGEL, announcing his dismissal from the Yankees for being too old to manage.

The Yankees, five days after losing to the Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series, fire Casey Stengel, believing he's too old to manage. During his twelve-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the 'Old Perfesser' compiled a 1149-696 (.623) record, while capturing ten AL pennants and seven World Championships.

1967 Avoiding a long legal battle, the American League awards a new franchise to Kansas City, replacing the team the city is losing when the owners granted Charlie Finley permission to move the A's to Oakland. Also, the AL announces a new team, which become known as the Pilots, will play in Seattle, an ill-advised decision given the fact that new owners will prove to be under-financed.
1971 Dick Williams is named the Associated Press American League Manager of the Year after guiding the A's to their first playoff appearance since the franchise faced St. Louis in the 1931 Fall Classic. The 42 year-old skipper also copped the honor for piloting the Red Sox during the team's Impossible Dream season in 1967.
1972 Johnny Bench, with runners on second and third base in Game 3 of the World Series, strikes out looking with a full count when he is duped by a trick play. The Cincinnati slugger, believing he is going to be given an intentional walk after the A's manager visits the mound and catcher Gene Tenace returns to his position to call for a wide ball 4, is fooled when the A's backstop quickly crouches behind home to catch a called strike three from Rollie Fingers.

1977 In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, Reggie Jackson, who also homered in his last at bat in the previous contest, hits three home runs on three consecutive pitches, propelling the Yankees to an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers at the ballpark in the Bronx. 'Mr. October's heroics assures the team of their twenty-first World Championship, their first since 1962.

1988 At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Mark McGwire goes deep off LA's Jay Howell with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the A's a 2-1 victory for its only win in the Series. With Kirk Gibson's heroics in Game 1, 'Big Mac's' walk-off home run marks the first time that two game-winning round-trippers are hit in the same Fall Classic.
1992 The Canadian flag is inadvertently flown up-side-down by a United States Marine Corps color guard at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium during the pregame ceremonies before Game 2 of the World Series between the Blue Jays and Braves. Although the international incident annoys the northern neighbors of the U.S., most Toronto fans resist the call to fly the American Stars and Stripes in a similar fashion during Game 3 at the SkyDome, but opt instead to wave Canada's L'Unifoli with the message "This end up" affixed to the top.

2001 Larry Dierker, who left the Astros' broadcast booth to take over the dugout duties as the team's skipper in 1997, resigns as Houston manager (448-362, .553, four divisional titles), despite tying the Cardinals for the best record in the National League (93-69) and winning the Central Division. The team failed to win a playoff series in his five-year tenure, going 2-12 in postseason action.
2004 After 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 471 pitches, the Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in Game 5 of the league championship. Boston's DH David Ortiz, who is the first player in baseball history to hit two walk-off home runs during the postseason, ends the longest game in ALCS history at 1:22 a.m. with a two-out single into center scoring Johnny Damon from second in the 14th inning at Fenway Park.

2005 The Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to the departed Expos team by raising a commemorative banner to the rafters of Montreal's Bell Centre. Displaced mascot Youppi, working in his first game for the NHL team, and former players Gary Carter and Andre Dawson are on hand to assist in the hoisting of the blue and orange banner that features their retired numbers, 8 and 10, respectively, as well as the numbers for Tim Raines (30) and Rusty Staub (10).

2008 The Red Sox, scoring in each of the last three innings, erase a seven-run deficit in the seventh to beat the Rays, 8-7, in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Philadelphia A's, who rallied after trailing 8-0 to beat the Cubs, 10-8, in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series, are the only team to have made a bigger comeback in the postseason.
2010 The Mariners hire Eric Wedge to be the team's new manager, Seattle's seventh skipper since 2003. The former Cleveland field boss, out of baseball last season after spending seven seasons in the Tribe's dugout, replaces Daren Brown, who had filled in on an interim basis for Don Wakamatsu, who was fired in August.
2010 The Cardinals announce the signing of its long-time manager, keeping Tony La Russa in the Redbirds' dugout for at least one more season, the skipper's sixteenth with the club. The franchise has won eight division titles, two National League pennants, and a World Championship under the 66 year-old pilot, but this year's team, heavily favored to win its division, collapsed during the final two months of the season, finishing five games behind Cincinnati.
2012 At Comerica Park, the Tigers win their second American League pennant in seven years when they beat the punchless Yankees, 8-1, to complete a four-game sweep. The contest marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have failed to win a game in a best-of-seven series since they dropped four straight to the Reds in 1976 Fall Classic.
2013 The Cardinals advance to their second World Series in three seasons, routing the Dodgers, 9-0, in Game 6 of the NLCS. St. Louis, behind the timely hitting of Carlos Beltran and the strong pitching performance of rookie right-hander Michael Wasta, beats Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) for the fourth time this season, including a pair of victories in this round of the postseason.

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