Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player in baseball history to win the Triple Crown, leading the Junior Circuit in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. The 'Georgia Peach' accomplishes the feat batting .377, driving in 107 runs, and hitting 9 homers, all of which are inside-the-park round-trippers, for the American League champs.
The Tigers end the season with 98 victories to extend their American League record for most wins in a season, after recently surpassing the mark of 95 established by the 1904 Red Sox. Detroit boasted a pair of 20-game-winners, George Mullin (29) and Ed Willett (22), with Sam Crawford (.314) and Ty Cobb (.377) providing the majority of the offense for the champions of the American League.
Cuban native Adolfo Luque becomes the first player from Latin America to appear in a World Series. In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 'the Pride Of Havana' pitches a scoreless eighth inning for the Reds in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League beat the Eastern Colored League’s Hilldale Giants (PA), 6-2, in the opening game of the first Colored World Series. The ten-game event, in which KC will capture the crown, winning 5 games to 4 with one tie, features games played in Chicago, Kansas City, and Baltimore.
In the season finale, Hank Greenberg gets the lone ribbie when Detroit defeats the Indians, 1-0. The 26 year-old Tiger first baseman finishes the season with 183 RBIs, just one shy of Lou Gehrig's 1931 American League record.
Johnny Allen's bid for a perfect season is spoiled when Hank Greenberg drives in the only run of the game in the first inning and Jake Wade throws a one-hitter against the Indians in the 1-0 loss to Detroit on the last day of the season at Navin Field. The 32 year-old right-hander from North Carolina will finish the season 15-1, with his .938 won-loss percentage the best in the major leagues.
In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Bill Bevens comes within one out from pitching the first no-hitter in World Series history. The Yankee hurler loses his claim to fame and the game when Cookie Lavagetto, pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 improbable victory.
In the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Joe DiMaggio, after taking his position in center field, is removed from the game by Yankee manager Bucky Harris. As the superstar of their hated rivals limps off the field, the enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 35,000 gives Joltin’ Joe a lengthy and loud standing ovation, a gesture he will later refer to as the one of the greatest thrills of his career.
In Game 3 of National League play-off series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson's one-out three-run homer beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. The round-tripper, better known as the 'shot heard around the world', becomes one of the famous home runs in baseball history.
At Dodger Stadium, the Giants beat Los Angeles, 6-4, to take the rubber game of the best-of-three National League playoffs, clinching the National League pennant. LA shortstop Maury Wills sets a major league record for the most games played in a season, appearing in all of his team's 165 games.
On the last day of the season, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd home run to break the franchise record he established in 1955. The 'Say Hey Kid's' league leading home run is given up by Reds hurler Billy McCool as San Francisco defeats Cincinnati at Candlestick Park, 6-3.
At Metropolitan Stadium, Angels first baseman Vic Power (Pellot) ends his 12-year major league career going 1-for-5 with a RBI single in a 5-2 loss to the Twins. The .284 career hitter will have the distinction of being the last active player to have worn a Philadelphia A's uniform (1954).
Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson goes the distance, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 5-2, to become a 20-game winner for the first time. The future Hall of Famer will win twenty games four more times in the next five seasons.
Tigers GM James Campbell announces former Reds and Phillies skipper Mayo Smith will replace the late Charlie Dressen, the team’s manager who died in August following a heart attack. Bob Swift, a Detroit coach who had been named to fill the position on an interim basis, was unable to complete season, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
In the third inning of Game 2 of his complete-game World Series victory over St. Louis, Tiger starting pitcher Mickey Lolich hits a solo homer off Nelson Briles. The Busch Stadium round-tripper will be the only home run the southpaw will hit during his 16-year big league career.
Baltimore's Mike Cuellar becomes the first pitcher to homer in a league championship game. The right-hander's fourth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the Orioles' 10-6 ALCS Game 1 victory over Minnesota.
Surpassing Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente appears in his 2,433rd game for the most ever played by a Pirate. Sadly, it will be the last regular season game the Pittsburgh outfielder will ever play as he will be killed in a plane crash during the off-season.
Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in major league history. The former Reds and Oriole superstar signs a $175,000 contract to manage and play for the Indians.
On the last day of the season, Kansas City's George Brett and Hal McRae and Minnesota's Rod Carew are separated by .001 for the batting title. Brett, who goes 3-for-4 ,edges his Royals teammate (.333 vs .332) for the American League crown with the deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, being a misplayed line drive, leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.
Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Hank Aaron gets an infield single off Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. With the exception of Minnie Minoso's appearance in three games with the White Sox as a 50 year-old in 1980, 'Hammerin' Hank' will be the last major leaguer who played in the Negro Leagues to appear in a big league game.
On the last day of the season, the Brewers celebrate their American League East title clinching victory on the field at Memorial Stadium after beating the Orioles, 10-2, to edge Baltimore by one game in the final standings. The 51,642 hometown fans, although disappointed by the results, stay after the game and give retiring manager Earl Weaver a heartfelt, tremendous 45-minute series of ovations for his 15-year tenure as the Birds' skipper.
Benito Santiago's consecutive game hitting streak ends at 34 when the backstop is held hitless in three trips to the plate by Dodger hurler Orel Hershiser, who tosses a complete game in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. The stretch of straight games with a hit by the 23 year-old not only represents a new mark for rookies, but also for catchers.
George Brett pinch hits a fifth-inning RBI sac fly, and then singles in the seventh inning to end the season winning the batting title with a .329 batting average. The Royals superstar is the only player to win three batting crowns in three different decades (1976-.333; 1980-.390).
Despite winning 103 games, the Giants are eliminated from the Western Division race when the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league's Rookie of the Year, hits two home runs in the game.
Eightythree year-old Mel Harder throws the ceremonial 'last' pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a member of the 1932 Indian squad, he also had thrown the park's first pitch.
The Rockies become the fourth National League team, the only one this century, not to record a shutout during the season. The other clubs to achieve this dubious distinction include the 1898 Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 1898 St. Louis Browns, 1898 Washington Senators, and the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.
The Yankees, who beat the AL West champs Mariners, and the Rockies, 5-4 losers to the NL East winning Braves, become the first teams to participate in the postseason not having been a first-place team. The two Wild Card clubs will not advance further in the playoffs, both dropping their three-out-of-five divisional series.
The Devil Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages of North America, located in nearby Bradenton, announce an agreement that renames the ThunderDome. The ballpark will become known as Tropicana Field with the city of St. Petersburg receiving more than $13 million as part of the sweet deal.
Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season, passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522 round trippers.
In the final regular-season game ever to be played at the Astrodome, Mike Hampton (22-4) beats the Dodgers, 9-4. The victory clinches the division title as the Astros finish one game ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.
Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. He joins Buffalo's Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.
Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking Babe Ruth's major league record established in 1923 of 170 bases on balls. Astros’ reliever Nelson Cruz gives up the historic walk in the sixth, and the Giants left fielder will finish the season with 177 walks.
The ax continues to drop as a total of six managers have been fired since the end of the regular season three days ago. Jerry Royster (Brewers) joins Bobby Valentine (Mets) and Jerry Narron (Rangers), who were dismissed yesterday as well as Bruce Kimm (Cubs), Luis Pujols (Tigers), and Hal McRae (Devil Rays), who were let go earlier in the week.
On the last day of the season, Blue Jays television announcer John Cerutti is found dead in his SkyDome hotel room. The death of the 44 year-old Albany, N.Y. native, who was a former big league pitcher, is due to natural causes with foul play not being suspected.
At the site of the franchise's first National League game in 1969, the Expos, who are scheduled to move to Washington, D.C. next season, play their last game in their 36-year history, losing to the Mets at Shea Stadium, 8-1. Their finale, which turns out to be the rubber match of the franchise series with New York, gives the Amazin’s a 299-298 advantage in the 597 contests played since 1969.
The ax begins to fall as two managers are fired the day after the season ends. Jim Tracy (5-yrs/427-383) and Alan Trammell (3-years/186-300) are fired by the Dodgers and Tigers, respectively.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hires his fourth manager since buying the team four years ago. Florida hires Braves third-base coach Fred Gonzalez to replace first-year skipper Joe Girardi, who had a well-publicized feud with the owner during the season.
After winning their tenth World Series championship last season, the Cardinals announce senior vice president and general manager Walt Jocketty (1,117-968, .536) will no longer have a role with the team. The former GM, who will be replaced on an interim basis by his assistant John Mozeliak, watched the Redbirds make seven postseason appearances, winning two National League pennants and the 2006 World Series, during his 13-year tenure with the club.
The construction for the $250 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium, which will include the reduction of seating, the addition of an outfield concourse, a team hall of fame and conference center, and a new HD scoreboard, begins with a ceremonial groundbreaking inside the ballpark. The improvements, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day in 2009, will keep the Royals in Kansas City until 2030, a 15-year extension of their current deal.
Jerry Manuel, who replaced Willie Randolph in June, inks a two-year deal to manage the Mets. The likable 54 year-old skipper, who compiled a 55-38 record in his interim role, built a three-and-a-half game division lead over Philadelphia in September, but like his predecessor, could not stop the team from collapsing at the end of the season.
Needing only a win or a Colorado loss for the past week, the Dodgers finally clinch the National League West title with a 5-0 victory over the wild-card Rockies. Joe Torre, who will be managing in the postseason for the 14th consecutive season, has won thirteen divisional titles, including ten with the Yankees, one with the Braves, and now his second with LA.
The Giants return to the playoffs for the first time in six years when they beat the Padres on the last day of the season. After losing the first two games of the weekend series to San Diego, San Francisco avoids ending the season tied with their West Division foe with a 3-0 victory at AT &T Park.
Entering the final day of the season tied with the Yankees, the Rays win their second AL East crown when their rivals lose to Boston. With the title not in jeopardy, even with a loss due to their overall record against New York this season, Tampa Bay rallies for a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in 12 innings to take the division by a game.
With an 8-7 victory over the Phillies and a San Diego loss to San Francisco later in the day, the Braves reach the postseason for the first time since 2005. Atlanta had won 14 straight division titles under skipper Bobby Cox, who has announced his retirement for the end of the season, but this is the first time in franchise history that the team has won the National League Wild Card.
Josh Hamilton finished the regular season with a .359 average, the best in franchise history, to become the third Ranger player to win an American League batting crown. The Texas outfielder joins Julio Franco, who hit .341 in 1991, and Michael Young, who led the Junior Circuit in 2005 with a batting average of .331.
According to Ken Macha, he will become the first managerial casualty in the off season after hearing that the Brewers have decided not to pick up the option of his contract for 2011. The 60 year-old skipper, who reached the playoffs with Milwaukee two seasons ago as the NL Wild Card team, will be told formally tomorrow in a meeting with general manager Doug Melvin.
With their 5-2 loss in Miami, the Pirates finish the season with a 17-64 record on the road. The Bucs' dismal away-from-home performance equals the 1963 Mets' infamous mark for a 162-game season.
After getting off to a slow start in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, Teddy Roosevelt finally beats George, Abe, and Tom to the finish line, winning the Presidents Race for the first time since the popular race made its debut at RFK Stadium in 2006. The victory, the mascot's first in over 500 tries, is assured when a green furry creature, who bears a striking resemblance to a phony Phillie Phanatic, waylays the other three presidential contenders in right field.
In the final game of the season with the AL West title on the line, Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton's fourth inning-error opens the floodgates that allow the A's to erase a five-run deficit when they score six times en route to their 12-5 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The Texas loss puts the team into the new one-game AL Wild Card contest against Baltimore.
Miguel Cabrera clinches the AL Triple Crown, becoming the first player to do so since 1967, when Carl Yastzemski accomplished the feat with Boston. The Tigers third baseman and eventual MVP led the circuit in average (.330), home runs (44), and RBIs (139), playing with the American League champs.
Fernando Rodney extends his franchise record to 48 saves when he is brought in to face Jim Thome and gets the DH to hit a fly ball for the final out in the Rays' 4-1 victory over Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The right-handed closer, who has allowed only five earned runs over 74.2 innings, improves his single-season record for the lowest ERA (0.60) by a reliever in baseball history, bettering Dennis Eckersley's 0.61 mark established in 1990.
Adam Dunn, having struck out 222 times, doesn’t play in the team's finale to avoid the dubious distinction of breaking the major league mark for strikeouts in a season. The White Sox All-Star finishes with one less whiff than Mark Reynolds’ record, established by the first baseman in 2009 when the played for the Diamondbacks.
Alex Rodriguez announces he has filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, accusing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” in an effort to “destroy" his reputation and career. On August 5, the Yankees star was given a 211-game suspension for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement.