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October 22nd

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1845 The first known box score appears in the New York Morning News. The notation detailing the game comes a month after the first set of rules is written by Alexander Cartwright and some his fellow Knickerbockers.

1910 The Cubs, after three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia in the ninth by a run, tie the score and then win 4-3 in 10 innings for their only World Series victory. The A's will easily take the Fall Classic in five games.
1927 Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs dies of Bright's disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases. 'Pep' was a .322 hitter during his ten-year Giant career and was one of John McGraw's favorite players.
1929 In Baltimore, Phillies' starting catcher Walt Lerian dies from injuries sustained when a runaway truck pins him against a brick wall for hours before he can be extracted. Minutes before the collision, the 24 year-old backstop, known as Peck, had attended mass at St. Martin's Catholic church.
1933 Phil Ball, the millionaire owner of the Browns, dies of septicemia. Manager Rogers Hornsby will take over the reins of the franchise, staying on as skipper until he is fired in 1937 by Donald Barnes, who purchased the team from the Ball estate last year.

"But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he never had and did not now. Gods do not answer letters." - JOHN UPDIKE, author of Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu published in the New Yorker,

The New Yorker magazine publishes Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, an article by 28 year-old John Updike which chronicles Ted Williams' last game in the major leagues. The future Pulitzer Prize-winning author, among the 10,000 fans to watch the fabled game in Boston, ends the much-celebrated baseball essay with, "Gods do not answer letters," as an explanation of why the 41 year-old superstar did not acknowledge the Fenway faithful after homering in his final major league at-bat.

1967 The A's name Bay Area native Joe DiMaggio as the team's executive vice president and consultant. Oakland owner Charlie Finley uses the 'Yankee Clipper' to be a part-time hitting coach and public relations advocate for the club, a job the former superstar will quickly become unhappy with, leaving the organization after just two years in the position.
1972 The transplanted A's, capturing their first championship in 42 years, become the first Bay Area team to win a world title when they defeat the Reds, 3-2, in the seventh game. World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who hit only five home runs in the regular season, connects for four round-trippers during the Fall Classic, including an unprecedented two homers in his first two at-bats in Game 1.
1974 Two very well-known outfielders are traded for one another as the Giants send Bobby Bonds to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer. Considered to be the biggest one-for-one trade in baseball history, the swap of the next 'Willie Mays' (Bonds) for the next 'Mickey Mantle' (Murcer) marks the first time two $600,000 players have been exchanged.
1975 In a fitting finish to one of the most classic World Series ever played, the Reds beat the Red Sox in a thrilling Game 7 victory, 4-3. Joe Morgan's ninth inning looping single scoring Ken Griffey proves to be the decisive hit.
1979 Ed Kranepool declares his free-agency, ending his 18-year major league career, played entirely with the Mets. The first baseman and pinch-hitter, who signed with the expansion team in 1962 at the age of 17 as an amateur free agent, set franchise records in eight categories, including the most hits (1418), most games played (1,853), at-bats (5,436), and pinch-hits (90).
1986 After losing the first two games at home, the Mets pull even with the Red Sox in the World Series. Gary Carter's two Fenway Park home runs power New York to a 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.
1997 With the Jacobs Field game-time temperature hovering at 35 degrees, the coldest start of any postseason game on record, the Indians' bats come out smoking in Game 4 of the World Series, scoring three runs in the first and another trio of tallies in the third inning. Highlights of Cleveland's 10-3 rout of the Marlins include Tribe third baseman Matt Williams reaching base six times and the matchup of two rookie starters on the mound, 21 year-old right-hander Jaret Wright for Cleveland and 23 year-old southpaw Tony Saunders for Florida, making it only the sixth time in the history of the Fall Classic that two freshman hurlers have opposed one another.
2000 In Game 2, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games, defeating the Mets, 6-5, in a game which is overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. The eagerly awaited at-bat, due to the Rocket's beaning of the Mets' superstar in July, results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.
2002 Giants P.A. announcer Renel Brooks-Moon becomes the first woman to announce a championship game in any professional sport when she is behind the mike in Game 3 of the World Series. The Bay Area native's scorecard from the Fall Classic contest will be sent to the Hall of Fame.
2003 In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Alex Gonzalez's solo home run off Jeff Weaver in the bottom of the 12th gives the Marlins a 4-3 victory over New York, and ties the series at two games apiece. The loss ends the Yankees' extra-inning World Series game winning streak at seven.
2006 The Spiezios become the first father-and-son combination in baseball history to have appeared in a World Series game as a player for the same franchise. Scott, the Cardinals' current second baseman, and his father, Ed, a third baseman for the 1967 club, both played for in the Fall Classic for winning Redbird teams.
2007 Tony La Russa agrees to a two-year contract to continue as the Cardinals manager. During his 12-year tenure in St. Louis, the 63 year-old skipper has compiled a 1,055-887 (.543) record, which includes six Central Division championships, two NL pennants, and one World Series Championship.
2007 Washington State native Mel Stottlemyre returns to the big leagues as the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners, accepting a one-year contract to join skipper John McLaren's staff. The former pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets, who is being treated for multiple myeloma, left the Bronx after the 2005 season, tiring of the criticism from owner George Steinbrenner.
2007 Dave Trembley, who became the Orioles' interim manager in June, has his contract extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009. Since his horrific first game as skipper, losing to the Rangers 30-3, the team has a winning record and has not lost more than three in a row.
2008 Jack Zduriencik, the first non-GM to be selected as Baseball America Executive of the Year, is named as the Mariners general manager, the eighth in franchise history. The former Brewers vice president and special assistant for player personnel is given credit for the marked improvement in Milwaukee due to his scouting savvy.
2008 For only the third time in World Series history, and the first since 1970, both starting pitchers in Game 1 are under the age of 25. Cole Hamels, the 24 year-old left-hander, gets the victory when the Phillies beat the Rays and their 24 year-old southpaw Scott Kazmir at Tropicana Field, 3-2.
2011 In the Cardinals' 16-7 rout of the Rangers in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, Albert Pujols hits three homers, drives in six runs, and collects five hits, all equaling World Series records. 'Prince Albert', who also set a Series mark with 14 total bases, connects on fastballs from three different Texas pitchers, joining Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson for the most round-trippers in a World Series game.

2013 Tim Lincecum agrees to a two-year $35 million deal to stay with the Giants. The 29 year-old fan favorite, a two-time Cy Young winner who pitched a no-hitter this year, has a 4.76 ERA over his last two seasons with San Francisco.

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