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1910 A's starter Jack Coombs, pitching with one day of rest, throws a six-hit complete game, beating the Cubs, 12-5, to give Philadelphia a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series. 'Colby Jack' also collects three hits and drives in three runs in the West Side Park contest.
1931 Mickey Mantle, the 'Commerce Comet', is born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. The newborn's dad, a lead miner known as Mutt, names his son after Mickey Cochrane, not realizing the major league catcher's real name is not Mickey but Gordon. The future Yankee outfielder is glad his father was not aware of this fact.
1931 Frankie Frisch, known as the Fordham Flash, is selected as the National League's Most Valuable Player. The Cardinals' second baseman (.311, 4, 82) is the on-field leader of the World Champion Redbirds.
1964 Johnny Keane, three days after resigning as manager of the World Champion Cardinals, replaces Yogi Berra as the Yankees' field boss. The new skipper of the Bronx Bombers will not fare well next year, leading the aging team to their first losing season since 1925.
1964 Red Schoendienst, a popular former player, is named as the Cardinals new manager, replacing Johnny Keane, who resigned the day following the team's Game 7 Fall Classic victory over New York. Albert will compile a 1,041-955 record for the Redbirds during 12 full seasons and two stints in 1980 and 1990 as interim skipper, capturing a World Championship in 1967 and a NL pennant in 1968.
1982 The Brewers, playing in their first World Series, are unable to hold on to a 3-1 lead in Game 7, when the Cardinals, thanks to Keith Hernandez's two-run sixth inning single, beat Milwaukee, 6-3. It's the Redbirds' first world championship since 1967.
1982 On his 29th birthday, Keith Hernandez hits a game-tying two-run single off Bob McClure in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, in the Redbirds' eventual 6-3 victory over the Brewers at Busch Stadium. The batter and pitcher, who lived in homes 100 feet from one another growing up in Pacifica, California, were teammates in Little League and Terra Nova High School baseball team.

1987 Twins right-hander starter Les Straker becomes the first Venezuelan to pitch in the World Series. At Busch Stadium, the Ciudad Bolivar native blanks the Cardinals for six innings on four hits before being removed for a pinch hitter.
1988 The Dodgers become World Champions when Orel Hershiser limits the opposition to four singles in Game 5 of the World Series and beats the A's, 5-1. The right-hander, who also won Game 2, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.
1990 The Reds complete their four-game World Series sweep over the heavily favored A's. Jose Rijo, with ninth inning help from Randy Myers, wins his second game of the series.
1992 In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, the Blue Jays, if not for a missed call, would have turned the second triple play in World Series history. Terry Pendleton is doubled off at first after Devon White makes an outstanding grab in center field, and then Reggie Sanders is tagged on the foot by third basemen Kelly Gruber trying to return second, but umpire Bob Davidson sees it differently, although video of the play clearly shows the third out had been made.

1993 Calling balls and strikes during Game 4 at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Charlie Williams becomes the first black umpire to work home plate during a World Series. The game becomes memorable as the Blue Jays win the 15-14 marathon, which takes a record four hours and 14 minutes to complete.
1994 Receiving all 28 first place votes, Raul Mondesi (.306, 16, 56) is named the National League's Rookie of the Year. The Los Angeles rightfielder, who easily outdistanced Astros' hurler John Hudek and Braves' outfielder Ryan Klesko, is the third consecutive Dodger to win the award.
1996 Andruw Jones becomes the fourth rookie in baseball history to hit two home runs in the same World Series game when he goes deep twice in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The Braves' center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939 - Yankees), Tony Kubek (1957 - Yankees), and Willie McGee (1982 - Cardinals) in accomplishing the feat.

2000 The major league play-by-play broadcasters and color commentators select Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton as the recipients of the Hank Aaron Award. The honor, established last year, recognizes the Blue Jay and Rockies first baseman as the best overall hitters in each league.
2000 Toronto signs Carlos Delgado to a record four-year $68 million contract. The Blue Jay first baseman's average salary of $17 million is the richest in major league history.
2002 Twenty year-old Venezuelan right hander Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game. With just 15 days of major league experience, K-Rod throws 37 pitches, retiring nine consecutive batters in three innings to pick up the victory when the Angels outslug the Giants in Game 2 of the Fall Classic, 11-10.
2004 After losing the first three games of the ALCS, the Red Sox win four consecutive games to win the American League pennant, beating the Yankees in the Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon's two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth, and Derek Lowe's solid pitching performance help Boston to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams in the history of professional sports to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.
2008 The Cubs and Jim Hendry agreed to a four-year contract extension. The deal, which will expire in 2012 and extend into the tenure of the club's new ownership, is the general manager's reward for the team's best regular season showing in more than sixty years en route to its second consecutive National League Central title.
2008 Two storied franchises, the NFL Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, form a partnership which will handle concession and merchandise sales at the clubs' new stadiums. The company, known as Legends Hospitality Management, LLC, and founded in cooperation with Goldman Sachs and CIC Partners, envisions expanding its services to other professional franchises and college programs.
2009 The Brewers hire Rick Peterson as their pitching coach to improve the club's woeful starting pitching, which posted a 5.37 ERA last season. The 54 year-old pitching guru, known for his focus on motion analysis, is reunited with bench coach Willie Randolph and skipper Ken Macha, who were his former managers with the Mets and the A's, teams he toiled for in a similar role.
2010 Ted Lilly signs a three-year, $33 million deal to remain with the Dodgers. The 34 year-old southpaw, obtained from the Cubs in early August, compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for LA, including victories in the first five starts for his new team.
2012 The Red Sox select John Farrell as their new manager to replace Bobby Valentine, who was fired a day after the season ended after piloting the club to a last-place finish in his only year in the Boston dugout. The team's new skipper, who spent the previous two seasons managing the Blue Jays, is obtained from Toronto by sending infielder Mike Aviles north of the border as compensation for the opportunity to hire their former pitching coach.
2012 After agreeing to pay $8 million of the remaining $21 million they owe to Heath Bell, the Marlins deal their disappointing closer to the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade in which Miami obtains 22 year-old minor league shortstop Yordy Cabrera, acquired by Arizona along with Cliff Pennington from the A's for outfielder Chris Young. The 35 year-old right-handed reliever is expected to set up closer J. J. Putz, who earlier in the day had his $6.5 million option picked up by the D-Backs.

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