With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A's coast to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants at Shibe Park to win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.
Tigers' slugging left fielder Hank Greenberg (.340, 41, 150) is named the American League's Most Valuable Player with Indian hurler Bob Feller (27-11- 2.61) finishing second. Having won the award in 1935 as a first baseman, 'Hammerin' Hank' becomes the first player to win another MVP playing a different position.
Westbrook Pegler, a syndicated columnist, becomes the first to question in print the off-field association of Leo Durocher with actor George Raft and others allegedly tied to gamblers. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer's expose of the Dodgers manager will start a series of events that will lead to the 'Lip's' one year suspension in 1947.
The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, infused with some major league players, complete an 11-game trip to American-occupied Japan, a tour that drew more than half a million spectators to the games played at Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Lefty O'Doul, the team's 52 year-old skipper, who had been personally asked by General Douglas McArthur to organized the first post-war peacetime cultural exchanges between the two nations due to his warm relationship with Asian nation, will be enthusiastically greeted by the Japanese fans, including Emperor Hirohito and Prince Akihito.
The BBWAA select Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto (.324, 7, 66) as the American League MVP. The ‘Scooter’, who receives 16 of 23 first-place votes, easily outpoints runner-up Boston’s Billy Goodman, the first player without a regular position to receive consideration for the prestigious award.
Walter O'Malley succeeds Branch Rickey as president of the Dodgers. O'Malley, who had offered to buy Rickey's share of the club to become majority owner, is forced to pay more money when 'the Mahatma', in a final act of defiance about being told to leave the organization, offers his share of the team to a friend for a million dollars, a deal the new president believes, but can't prove, to be as “fraudulent as a four-dollar bill."
After his family operates the team in Washington since his dad, Clark Griffith, took over as manager of the club in 1912, Calvin Griffith, president of the Senators, makes a decision to move his club to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins. The District of Columbia is awarded an expansion team, that will begin play next season, to fill the void, placating the lawmakers who spoke of examining baseball's anti-trust exemption should the national pastime leave the nation's capital.
In a move designed to get a jump on the National League in the expansion race, the American League grants franchises to Washington and Los Angeles and okays the Senators' move to Minnesota. The decision to place a new team in Washington is partly political because the owners fear the nation's lawmakers, upset about losing the American League's oldest club, will threaten baseball's anti-trust exemption.
Former Yankee and Tiger skipper Ralph Houk comes out of retirement to manage the Red Sox. The 'Major' will compile a 312-282 (.525) won-loss record during his four-year tenure in Boston.
The Phillies' thirty-seven year old southpaw Steve Carlton (23-11, 3.10) wins the Cy Young Award for an unprecedented fourth time. 'Lefty', given up by the Cardinals for Rick Wise, in one of the worst trades in baseball history, also won the prestigious pitching prize hurling for Philadelphia in 1972, 1977, and 1980.
In Game 6 of the World Series, Don Denkinger's controversial ninth-inning call at first base enables the Royals to beat the Cardinals, 2-1. The play, in which Jorge Orta is called safe, when it appears first baseman Jack Clark's throw to Todd Worrell, covering the bag, clearly beats him, gives Dane Iorg the opportunity to hit a two-run walk-off single and to extend the Fall Classic to a decisive Game 7 that Kansas City will win to capture its first World Championship.
The ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 5 of the World Series is thrown by Commander Ken Bowersox, who is onboard the space shuttle Columbia. The ceremony, transmitted from space via satellite and shown to the Indians and Braves fans at Jacobs Field, continues with an animation sequence on the scoreboard that ends with a ball that appears to fly in and land in center field.
After two stunning defeats at home, 12-1 and 4-0 losses, to start the series, the Yankees win the next four games to clinch their first World Series since 1978 with a 3-2 victory in the Bronx over the defending World Champs Braves. The Fall Classic victory will be the first title of four in five years for the Bronx Bombers.
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7, Edgar Renteria singles home Craig Counsell, giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a 3-2 win over the Indians. The five-year old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win the Fall classic.
Potential free-agent all-star catcher Mike Piazza signs the most lucrative contract in major league history when he agrees to terms with the Mets. The seven-year deal is worth over $91 million and includes having a suite on road trips and a luxury box for home games at Shea.
Chad Curtis leads off the tenth inning with his second home run of the game, giving the Yankees a dramatic 6-5 walk-off victory over the Braves, and a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series. The outfielder becomes the 11th player to end a Fall Classic game with a round-tripper when he goes deep off Atlanta reliever Mike Remlinger.
Derek Jeter becomes the first player to win the All-Star Game and the World Series MVP honors in the same season. The Yankee shortstop hit .409 and his nine hits included two doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs, in the Bronx Bombers' five-game victory over the Mets in the Fall Classic.
In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
Joe Torre becomes only the fifth skipper to win four World Series championships when the Bronx Bombers beat the Mets to win the Fall Classic. The future Hall of Fame skipper joins Joe McCarthy (7), Casey Stengel (7), Connie Mack (5) and Walter Alston (4), who are all enshrined in Cooperstown.
When Russ Ortiz, who is tossing a 5-0 shutout, strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh inning of Game 6, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. The Angels, scoring a total of six times in the seventh and eighth innings, rally from the large deficit and stage the biggest comeback for a team facing elimination in the Fall Classic, beating the Giants, 6-5.
Citing disagreements with team owner George Steinbrenner, Don Zimmer resigns as the bench coach of the Yankees. ‘Popeye’, a close friend of skipper Joe Torre, will be named Senior Baseball Advisor for the Devil Rays before the start of next season.
Curt Schilling becomes the first starting pitcher to win a World Series for three different teams. In addition to his Game 2 Red Sox victory over the Cardinals, his 8-2 lifetime postseason record includes wins for the Phillies (1993) and Diamondbacks (2001).
Prior to Game 3 of the World Series, Edgar Martinez receives the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor that is given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. The Mariners designated hitter, a native of Puerto Rico like the award’s namesake, is involved in Parent Project/Muscular Dystrophy, Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Willie Harris scores the game’s only run in the eighth inning as Jermaine Dye, the series MVP, singles the pinch hitter home, giving the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Astros and the team its first World Championship since 1917. For the second consecutive year, an American League team sweeps its National League opponent.
White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen becomes the first foreign-born manager to win a World Series series as the ‘Wizards of Ozzie’ sweep the Astros in the Fall Classic. The 41-year old Venezuelan is also the youngest pilot to ever win a World Championship.
Bobby Valentine becomes the first foreign manager to win the Japan Series in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball. Sweeping the Hanshin Tigers, the former Rangers and Mets skipper leads the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first league championship in 31 years.
Tadahito Iguchi becomes the first Japanese native to win a World Series ring when the White Sox sweep the Astros, winning the Fall Classic for the first time in 88 years. The second baseman left the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks to sign as a free agent with Chicago prior to the start of the championship season.
Dmitri Young is announced as the National League Comeback Player of the Year by the MLB Players Trust and Yahoo! Sports. The big first baseman, who was released by the Tigers early last season due to both on and off-the-field issues, joined the Nationals as a non-roster player and became an All-Star selection for Washington, finishing the season batting .320, with the tenth best in the circuit.
The MLB Players Trust and Yahoo! Sports announce the selection of Devil Rays first baseman Carlos Pena as the American League Comeback Player of the Year. After missing most of the past two seasons and being told he wouldn't make the team in this year, the first baseman went on to set Tampa Bay's single-season records in homers, RBIs and walks.
In a 10-2 rout of the Rays in Game 4 of the World Series, right-hander Joe Blanton hits a home run, making it only the 15th time in the history of the Fall Classic that a pitcher has homered. Ken Holtzman was the last hurler to accomplish the feat when he went deep off Andy Messersmith in 1974.
The Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive player in each league, is presented to Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (.312, 29, 115) and Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (.289, 27, 111). The honor was established in 1999 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Henry Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.
Tony La Russa agrees to a one-year contract to return for his 15th season as manager of the Cardinals. The Redbirds have appeared in the postseason eight times under their 65-year old skipper, including a World Championship in 2006.
The Padres formally introduced 35-year-old Jed Hoyer as the team's new general manager. The former assistant to Boston's GM Theo Epstein replaces Kevin Towers, who held the position in San Diego for 14 seasons.
Mark McGwire will join his former manager Tony La Russa on the Cardinals' bench as the team's hitting coach, replacing Hal McRae. The one-time single season home run champ, whose reputation was ruined when he infamously refused to answer questions about the use of steroids during a 2005 congressional hearing, had La Russa for his skipper in 15 of the 16 years he played in the major leagues, both in Oakland and St. Louis.
The Nationals notify Jim Riggleman he will be returning as the team's manager next year. Washington finished last in the National League East for the third consecutive season, but improved by ten games in the win column, finishing the campaign with 69 victories.
With runners on second and third with one out, Jon Jay's grounder results in Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia easily throwing out Yadier Molina at the plate. After making the tag at home, Boston backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s errant throw to third base causes third baseman Will Middlebrooks to collide with Allen Craig, who had gone to third and appears to be thrown out while advancing to home, but the umpires ruled that the infielder interfered the baserunner, giving the Cardinals an unusual 5-4 walk-off victory in the first World Series game to ever end on an obstruction call.