On the day he is honored by The Sporting News as the most popular baseball player in America‚ Joe Quinn collects eight hits in the NL Browns doubleheader, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat. The St. Louis second baseman, a mortician in the off-season, helps the team, who will change their name to the Cardinals after the 1899 season, sweep a twin bill from the Beaneaters, 17-6 and 16-4.
On the last day of the season, Duff Cooley collects six hits in NL Browns' 16-4 nightcap rout of Boston. The 20 year-old rookie accomplishes the rare feat by hitting four singles, a double, and a triple at the Robison Field in St. Louis.
Doc White tosses his fifth shutout in eighteen days when he blanks New York at Chicago's South Side Park, 4-0. The White Sox southpaw will pitch six of his season total of seven shutouts in the month of September.
At Robison Field in St. Louis, 21 year-old rookie first baseman Ed Konetchy steals home twice in the Cardinals' 5-1 victory over Boston. The last-place Redbirds swipe home plate three times during the contest.
At Sportsman's Park, the Cardinals and their fans celebrate Rogers Hornsby Day. The 25 year-old Redbird second baseman, who will lead the NL in hitting with a .397 batting average, delights the crowd with a home run and two doubles in the team's 12-4 victory over Pittsburgh.
It's Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and is given an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6–4.
At Yankee Stadium on the next-to-last day of the season off of Senators' starter Tom Zachary, Babe Ruth breaks his own 1921 home run record by hitting number 60, which lands just in fair territory in the right field stands. As a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, future Hall of Famer hurler Walter Johnson makes his last major league appearance in this game.
In his major league debut, White Sox rookie Ed Weiland shuts out the A's at Comiskey Park, 1-0. The 6'4" fireballer from Chicago will finish his four year tenure with his hometown team, compiling a 5-15 record before being traded to the Red Sox in 1932.
At Sportsman's Park in a 12-2 Cubs rout of the Cardinals, Babe Herman hits for the cycle, becoming the first player in baseball history to to do it three times. The Chicago outfielder, playing for the Dodgers, also accomplished the feat on two other occasions in 1931.
In the season finale, the last-place White Sox lose to Cleveland, 5-3, finishing the campaign with a 53-99 record, 47 games out of first place. Chicago did not throw a single left-handed hurler during the entire season.
With a two-run round-tripper off Allyn Stout at Sportsman's Park in the Cardinals' 9-0 victory over Cincinnati, Rip Collins establishes a National League record when he blasts his league-leading 35th home run of the season as a switch hitter. The 30 year-old first baseman's mark will not be broken until Howard Johnson goes deep from both sides of the plate 36 times in 1987 for the Mets.
Hank Greenberg hits a pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season. The Tiger left fielder's ninth-inning bases-full homer beats the Browns, 6-3, clinching the American League flag for Detroit over the second-place Senators.
Ralph Branca becomes the youngest player to start a World Series opener. At Yankee Stadium, the 21-year and 9 months old right hander and the Dodgers lose to the Bronx Bombers, 5-1.
Knowing the Giants have won their game in Boston, the Dodgers rally from a five-run deficit to beat Philadelphia in 14 innings, 9-8, forcing a three-game playoff for the National League pennant. After Jackie Robinson makes a game-saving catch in the thirteenth to preserve an 8-8 tie, he hits a home run in the next frame that proves to be the difference in Brooklyn's victory at Shibe Park.
George Shuba, best known as the Montreal Royal teammate who shook Jackie Robinson’s hand after the rookie had homered, becomes the third major leaguer and the first National League player, to pinch hit a home run in the World Series when he goes deep of Allie Reynolds in the Dodgers’ 9-5 Game 1 loss at Yankee Stadium. ‘Shotgun’ joins Yogi Berra (1947) and Johnny Mize (1952), who both accomplished the feat playing for the Bronx Bombers.
At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A's 7-6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.
Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.
The Angels win their 70th and final game of the season when they defeat Cleveland at L.A.'s Wrigley Field, 11-6. The seventy victories are the most games ever won by an expansion team in their first year of existence.
With a 5-1 defeat to Chicago at Wrigley Field, the Mets end their inaugural season with 120 losses, a 20th century record. New York catcher Joe Pignatano hits into an eighth inning triple play in his last career at-bat.
In his last at-bat of his career, Don Gile homers in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Red Sox a 3-1, season-ending victory over the Senators at Fenway Park. The Boston first baseman had been 0-for-34 before the dramatic at-bat.
On the last day of the season, Gene Oliver's eighth-inning homer off Johnny Podres proves to be the difference in St. Louis' 1-0 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The loss to the Cardinals forces Los Angeles into a best-of-three-game playoff with the Giants for the National League pennant, a series the team will lose to San Francisco.
At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle blasts his 30th home run of the season, a fourth inning solo shot off White Sox's 20-game winner Ray Herbert, to extend his streak of having 30 or more round-trippers to eight seasons. The 'Mick', who missed a month of the campaign because of a leg injury, batted leadoff in the final series of the year to collect more at-bats.
As a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium, Bill Roman hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat. The 25 year-old Tiger rookie first baseman will accumulate only 37 career plate appearances during a brief two-year stint in Detroit.
At Comiskey Park in the top of the ninth inning, Roger Maris, in his last at-bat as a Yankee, slams a two-run home run as a pinch-hitter, putting the club ahead of the White Sox, 5-4. As the slugger contemplates retirement, the former two-time American League MVP is stunned and embarrassed when New York trades him in the off-season to the Cardinals for utility player Charley Smith.
The Braves clinch the first ever National League West division with their 3-2 win over the Reds at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Lum Harris led club will finish the season three games ahead of San Francisco, but will be swept by New York in the NLCS.
Tom Seaver, for the second time in his career, becomes a 20-game winner when the Mets beat St. Louis, 6-1, at Shea Stadium on the final day of the season. En route to the complete game victory, 'Tom Terrific' whiffs 13 Redbirds to end the campaign with a league-leading 289 strikeouts.
Don Mincher becomes the only player to be on the roster for both final games played in Washington for each team known as the Senators. The lefty-swinging first baseman will also be the only person to play for both the original Minnesota Twins and the original Texas Rangers, the franchises that left the nation's capital, respectively, in 1960 and 1971.
Willie Montanez sets the Phillies' rookie home run record when he strokes a two-run round-tripper off Nelson Briles in the team's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at Veterans Stadium. The freshman first baseman's 30 homers eclipse the mark established by Dick Allen in 1964.
Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente doubles off Met Jon Matlack to become the 11th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The two-bagger, sadly, will be his last hit as he will die in a plane crash on New Year's Eve.
Playing in their final game at the 'old' Yankee Stadium, the fourth-place Bronx Bombers lose unceremoniously to the Tigers, 8-5. The team, which will play its home games for the next two seasons at Shea Stadium as the 50-year old ‘House that Ruth Built’ undergoes extensive renovations, also loses their skipper with Ralph Houk announcing his resignation.
After posting an 88-73 record, Eddie Kasko is fired as manager of the second place Red Sox on the last day of the season. Triple-A Pawtucket pilot Darrell Johnson is named as next season's skipper.
At the close of the season, the American League's new DH rule appears to have worked when the Junior Circuit's league’s batting average increases by 20 points to .259, its highest point since 1956, outhitting the NL for the first time in a decade. There were 112 more complete games than last season, and the total of 614 is the most since 1928 in either league.
At Three Rivers Stadium, the Phillies clinch their third consecutive NL East title, defeating the Pirates, 10-8. The victory, which features winning pitcher Randy Lerch hitting two home runs, snaps Pittsburgh’s 24-game home winning streak.
In his last big league game, Ed Kranepool pinch hits in the top of the seventh inning and doubles off Bob Forsch when the Mets beat the Cardinals in the season finale at Busch Stadium, 4-2. The James Monroe High School graduate, who made his debut with the team in 1962 at the age of 17, had been the last original Met left in the majors.
In front of only 1,754 patrons, Mets southpaw Pete Falcone beats the Pirates in the season's last game at Shea Stadium, 3-1. It is the smallest crowd ever to attend a game at the Flushing ballpark, 33 less fans than yesterday.
Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly wins the American League batting title with a .343 average, finishing three points higher than teammate Dave Winfield. It the first of six consecutive seasons that 'Donnie Baseball' will finish hitting over .300, but will prove to be his only batting crown during a 14-year major league career.
On the final day of the season, Mike Witt uses only 97 pitches to retire 27 consecutive hitters. The Angels' hurler throws the perfect game against the Rangers and beats Charlie Hough on an unearned run, 1-0.
Trying to circumvent the Mariners' 'escape clause' which is based on attendance at the Kingdome, the King County Council attempts to modify the deal it made with the team. A proposed amendment, making it necessary for the club to play .500 ball before a move could be considered, a record the M's have never achieved, angers owner George Argyros so much he threatens to move the team out of Seattle.
Dave Stewart becomes a 20-game winner when the A’s beat Cleveland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 4-3. The thirty-year old right hander, who spent the first decade of his career in the bullpen, will also earn twenty or more victories in the next three seasons.
Joining Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Dwight 'Doc' Gooden, David Cone improves his record to 20-3, becoming the fourth pitcher in Mets history to win twenty games in a season. After his 4-2 complete-game victory against the Cardinals, the 25 year-old right-hander is congratulated by a surprise visitor to the Shea Stadium dugout, former president Richard Nixon.
At Wrigley Field, President Ronald Reagan throws out two ceremonial first pitches prior to the Cubs' 10-9 loss to the Pirates. 'Dutch', a former play-by-play announcer, then participates in the broadcast with Harry Caray, spending the first inning and a half in the WGN booth.
In the ninth inning of a 2-0 three-hit loss to Nolan Ryan and the Rangers, Angels shortstop Dick Schofield strikes out looking, becoming the right-hander's 300th victim of the season. It is the sixth time the 'Ryan Express' has reached the plateau, but the first since striking out 341 batters in 1977.
Ending a 43-year relationship with Major League Baseball, NBC airs its final regular season Game of the Week. The contest, which features the Blue Jays clinching the AL East title with a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at the SkyDome, is the 981st broadcast of a weekly tradition which began in 1947.
Baltimore, after spending nearly three months in first place, is eliminated from the pennant race on the next-to-last day of the season when they suffer their second consecutive one-run loss to Toronto, allowing the Blue Jays to clinch first place in the AL East. The young group of players known as the "Why Not?" Orioles, led by Frank Robinson, improved in the standings by 32.5 games from their last-place finish last season.
The final game is played at old Comiskey Park with the White Sox edging the Mariners, 2-1. The final regular-season won-loss record at the old ballpark is 3,024-2,926 (.508).
Kansas City infielders Frank White, playing in his last major league game after spending his entire 18-year career with the Royals, and George Brett establish a new mark when they appear in their 1,914th game together, the most by any American League teammates.
With his fourth hit of the game, a single off LA's southpaw Tim Fortugno, George Brett collects his 3000th hit of his career. The Royals' third baseman's celebration of the milestone moment is short-lived when he is picked off and tagged by first baseman Gary Gaetti after stepping off the base to savor the accomplishment.
Albert Belle becomes the first player in major league history to hit fifty home runs and fifty doubles in the same season. The accomplishment, which is more amazing because it is completed in only 143 games due to a strike-shortened season, far exceeds any of the prior 40-40 marks achieved by just a dozen players in major league history.
After the removal of a tumor nine months ago, former Royal reliever Dan Quisenberry dies of brain cancer at the age of 45. In 1983, 'Quiz', known for his outstanding control, became the first closer to record 40 saves, ending the season with 45.
Mets' shortstop Rey Ordonez plays in his 96th consecutive game without committing an error, breaking Cal Ripken's major league record for errorless games in that position. The flashy infielder will finish the season extending the record to 100 games.
The largest regular-season crowd in Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watches the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'Point'. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game.
For the twenty-third time this season, Diamondback fireballer Randy Johnson K's at least 10 batters to tie Nolan Ryan's 1973 major league record for the most double-digit strikeout games in a season. The tall left-hander whiffs 11 Padres in seven innings in a 5-3 victory to bring his season ending total to 364, which ranks fourth all-time.
In the highest scoring game in A's franchise history, Oakland defeats the Rangers 23-2 to remain a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the Western Division lead as Seattle scores the most runs ever against the Angels, 21-9, assuring the team at least a tie for the American League wild card.
With a third-inning double against Milwaukee, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton becomes the first player in major league history to have consecutive 100 extra-base hits seasons. Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein also had two 100 extra-base hits seasons, but did not accomplish the feat in successive years.
Thanks to Bernie Williams’s ninth inning two-run homer, the Yankees beat the Twins, 6-4, to clinch their seventh straight American League East Division title. It is also their 100th victory of the season, making the club only the fourth team in history (Braves 1997-99; Orioles 1969-71; A’s 1929-31) to have three consecutive 100-win seasons.
The Devil Rays announce the team will buy out the last year of manager Lou Piniella’s $13 million, four-year deal signed in 2002. The agreement, which pays ‘Sweet Lou’ $2.2 million of the $4.4 million he is owed, allows the 62 year-old skipper to seek employment with another team.
Mariner outfielder Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in baseball history to collect 200 hits each of his first five seasons in the big leagues. The Japanese native, who was last season’s AL batting champ, joins Willie Keeler (1894-1901), Wade Boggs (1983-89), Chuck Klein (1929-33), Al Simmons (1929-33), and Charlie Gehringer (1933-37) as the sixth major leaguer to have reached this plateau for at least five consecutive seasons.
Albert Pujols’s 40th home run, a seventh inning grand slam against the Reds, makes him the first Cardinal in the 114-year history of the team to hit that many home runs in three consecutive seasons. The homer, which was also the 200th of his career, makes the first baseman the third-youngest player to reach the milestone, with only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews accomplishing it sooner.
Delta Air Lines names one of its Boeing 757s 'Big Papi' in honor of the Red Sox designated hitter. David Ortiz attends at the dedication ceremony at Logan International Airport, where the company unveils the newly lettered jet, a Song Plane.
Five years and two cities after Frank Robinson, then the vice president in the commissioner's office in charge of on-field discipline, accepts Bud Selig's offer to take the MLB-owned Expos' manager job for just one season, the franchise, now known as the Washington Nationals, will have a new skipper. Jim Bowden, the team's GM, announces the 71 year-old Hall of Famer will be replaced with the search for a new field boss beginning after tomorrow's season finale against the Mets at RFK.
With the help of New York losing 6 out of their 7 last games (all at home) and squandering a seven game game with 17 to play, the Phillies clinch the NL East title for the first time in 14 years by beating the Nationals on the last day of the season, 6-1. The Mets' colossal failure down the stretch is considered by many to be the worst collapse by a team in baseball history.
With 13 victories in the last 14 games of the season, the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks to force a one-game play-off with the Padres to determine the National League wild card team. San Diego, who was one strike away from clinching a postseason berth yesterday, loses again today to the Brewers, ending the season with the same record as Colorado, 89-73.
Jimmy Rollins triples to become only the fourth big leaguer to record 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season. The Phillies shortstop and MVP candidate joins Frank Schulte (1911 -Cubs), Willie Mays (1957 - Giants) and Curtis Granderson (2007 -Tigers) as the only players in major league history to accomplish the feat.
With its 1-0 tiebreaker win over the Twins, the White Sox become the first team in major league history to defeat three different opponents in three days. Chicago beat the Indians on the last scheduled day of the regular season to necessitate the playing of a previous rain out with the Tigers, which the Southsiders won 8-2, making today's game with Minnesota necessary to determine the AL Central divisional championship.
Ricky Nolasco, en route to the Marlins' 5-4 victory over Atlanta in the season's finale, sets a franchise record with 16 strikeouts. The 26 year-old right-hander's performance includes whiffing nine consecutive batters, one shy of the major league record set by Tom Seaver with the Mets in 1970.
The Phillies clinch their third straight division title with a 10-3 victory over Houston. If the team wins the World Series this year, the reigning World Champions will become the first National League team to win two in row since the Reds won consecutive Fall Classics in 1975-76.
Francisco Rodríguez becomes the fourth pitcher in the history of the game to yield two walk-off grand slams in the same season when Justin Maxwell goes deep giving Washington a dramatic 7-4 victory over the Mets at Nationals Park. Last month, Everth Cabrera of the Padres also hit a game-ending four-run four-bagger making K-Rod Rodríguez the only major leaguer to surrender two game winning grand slams to a pair of rookies.
The Red Sox do not pick up their option on Terry Francona’s contract, severing ties with their manager for the past eight seasons. The former Boston skipper, who was at the helm for the team's 2004 and 2007 World Championships, could not halt the club's historic collapse in September, losing a certain playoff spot to Tampa Bay when the team posts a meager 7-20 record in the final month of the season.
En route from Baltimore to Tampa Bay to play the Rays, the Orioles' charter is forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Florida because of smoke on the plane. The cause of the fire is not immediately known, but there are no reported injuries.
The Braves win for the 23rd straight time in a game started by Kris Medlen when they beat New York in the regular-season home finale at Turner Field, 6-2. The 26 year-old right-hander's streak surpasses the major league mark shared by Carl Hubbell (Giants, 1936-37) and Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950-53).
David Price becomes the first 20-game winner in franchise history when he goes seven innings in the Rays' 6-2 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The 27 year-old southpaw, the youngest American League pitcher to win 20 since Johan Santana reached the milestone with Minnesota in 2004, will edge Tigers ace Justin Verlander for the AL Cy Young Award.
After beating Boston earlier in the day, the Orioles secure a postseason berth when Texas beats the Angels in the second game of a twin bill. Baltimore, whose last playoff appearance occurred in 1997, clinches, at very least, one of the two American League Wild Card spots.
In a one-game tie breaker to determine the AL's second Wild Card team, Rays' ace David Price allows just seven hits en route to a complete-game 5-2 victory over the Rangers in Arlington. Tampa Bay will take on the Indians for the Wild Card spot in the playoffs, and Texas, after winning its last seven contests of the regular 162-game season, will miss the postseason for the first time since 2009.
The Mets extend manager Terry Collins’ contract for another two years, adding a club option for 2016. During his three-year tenure with New York, the 64 year-old skipper, who has also managed the Astros and Angels, has guided the team to 225-261 record, the lowest winning percentage (.463) of his major league managerial career.