In Cincinnati, the Giants and White Sox begin 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.
The Reds pitcher Marvin Goodwin dies in a plane crash in Houston. The 34 year-old appeared in four games for Cincinnati, three as a starter, and posted an 0-2 record, which included two complete games.
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.
Five days after losing to the Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series, the Yankees fire Casey Stengel, believing he's too old to manage. A few days after his dismissal, the 'Old Perfesser' quips, "I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again".
The American League owners grant Charlie Finley permission to move the A's to Oakland. To avoid a long legal battle, the AL awards a new franchise to Kansas City to replace the team it is losing as well as an ill-advised new team to an under-financed group in Seattle.
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.
With runners on second and third base in Game 3 of the World Series, Johnny Bench strikes out looking with a full count when he is fooled by a trick play. The Cincinnati slugger believes he is going to be given an intentional walk after the A's manager visits the mound and catcher Gene Tenance returns to plate signaling for a wide ball 4, but the A's backstop quickly crouches behind home to catch a called strike three from Rollie Fingers.
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.
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.
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 Stripes and Stars in a similar fashion during Game 3 at the SkyDome, but opt instead to wave Canada's L'Unifolié with the message "This end up" affixed to the top.
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.
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.
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 the of blue and orange bannière that features their retired numbers, 8 and 10, respectively, as well as the numbers for Tim Raines (30) and Rusty Staub (10).
Scoring in each of the last three innings, the Red Sox 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.
The Mariners hire Eric Wedge to be the team's new manager, its 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.
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.
The Tigers win their second American League pennant in seven years when they beat the Yankees, 8-1, at Comerica Park to complete a four-game sweep. The last time the Bronx Bombers failed to win a game in a postseason season was in 1980 after the Royals beat them three straight in the best 3-of-5 ALCS.