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1904 Pilgrims right-hander Bill Dinneen, starting on the last day of the season on one-day's rest, beats Highlander hurler Jack Chesbro when the 41-game winner uncorks a ninth-inning wild pitch, snapping a 2-2 tie to give the team their second consecutive American League pennant. Boston's Big Bill finishes the campaign completing every game he started during the season, throwing 337.2 consecutive innings without being relieved during his streak of 37 consecutive complete games.
1920 Indians' Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play when he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base, and then tags the runner arriving from first base. After the play, a dead calm engulfs Cleveland's League Park as the hometown fans try to digest what they had just witnessed.
1920 Outfielder Elmer Smith becomes the first player to hit a grand slam in World Series history when the Indians defeat the Robins and Burleigh Grimes, 8-1. In the same game, Jim Bagby becomes the first pitcher to hit a home run in World Series history.
1923 In the first postseason game ever played at Yankee Stadium, veteran Giants outfielder Casey Stengel becomes the first player to hit a World Series homer in the Bronx ballpark, breaking a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the ninth inning with an inside-the-park round-tripper off Joe Bush. The Game 1 matchup is the first Fall Classic contest to be broadcast nationally.
1924 With the score tied at 3-3 and one out in the bottom of the 12th in Game 7 of the World Series, Senators' backstop Muddy Ruel lifts a high catchable foul pop-up which Giant catcher Hank Gowdy misses when he stumbles over his own mask. Given a second chance, Ruel then doubles and eventually scores the winning run, making the Senators World Champs.
1948 The largest crowd ever to attend a World Series game, 86,288 fans, jam into Cleveland's Municipal Stadium to witness a showdown between two future Hall of Famers. Braves' southpaw Warren Spahn beats Bob Feller and the Indians in Game 5 of the Fall Classic, 11-5.
1951 In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Yankees become World Champions for the 14th time in franchise history when they beat the Giants, 4-3. The Bronx Bombers' big blow is a three-run triple hit by Hank Bauer off Dave Koslo in the sixth inning.
1956 In Game 7 of the World Series, Johnny Kucks, allowing just three singles, blanks Brooklyn, 9-0, to give the Yankees their 17th World Championship in franchise history. In the last postseason game played at Ebbets Field, the 24 year-old right-hander ends the game by striking out Jackie Robinson, which turns out to be the Dodger infielder's final major league at-bat when he decides to retire after being traded to the Giants in the off-season.
1957 Starting Game 7 on just two days rest, Lew Burdette pitches the Braves to a World Championship as he blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The 30 year-old right-hander, named the Series MVP, tosses 24 consecutive scoreless innings and posts a 0.64 ERA in his three Fall classic victories.
1957 With a 5-0 victory over the defending World Champions in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, Milwaukee wins its first World Series championship since the 'Miracle Braves' won the title in 1914 representing Boston. The Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic is right-hander Lew Burdette, who hurled three complete game victories, including today's shutout.
1962 In Game 5 of the World Series, Tom Tresh belts an eighth-inning homer off Jack Sanford to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-3 comeback win over the Giants at Yankee Stadium. The rookie shortstop's dad, Mike Tresh, who hit only two home runs in his dozen big league seasons, prior to the at bat left his seat behind home plate and moved to the standing-room section in Yankee Stadium, hoping to bring his son good luck.
1963 The Mets announce the club has 'traded' coaches with the Giants, bringing Wes Westrum to New York in exchange for Cookie Lavagetto, who is recovering from a serious illness and asked to be moved nearer to his home in Oakland. Mets manager Casey Stengel met and became fond of his new coach during the recent All-Star Game, and will be replaced by him as the team's second skipper in franchise history when the 75 year-old 'Old Perfessor' retires in 1965.
1964 At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle, facing Barney Schultz, slams the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning out of the Bronx ballpark, giving New York a dramatic 2-1 walk-off victory and two games to one advantage over St. Louis in the Fall Classic. 'The Mick's' game-winning round-tripper, his 16th Fall Classic round-tripper, breaking the previous mark set by Babe Ruth, makes him the fifth major leaguer to end a World Series game with a home run.
1968 Cardinal fireballer Bob Gibson sets the mark for total strikeouts (35) in a World Series, but loses the seventh and deciding game to Tigers, 4-1.
1968 In the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, Dal Maxvill pops out to first base, becoming the first major leaguer to go 0-for-22 in the Fall Classic. The Cardinal shortstop surpasses the single series infamous mark previously shared by Gil Hodges (1952 - Dodgers), Red Murray (1911 - Giants), Billy Sullivan (1906 - White Sox), and Jimmy Sheckard (1906 - Cubs).
1968 Bob Gibson goes the distance in his eighth consecutive World Series game, losing Game 7 to Detroit, 4-1. The only time the St. Louis Cardinal right-hander, who will compile a 1.89 postseason ERA, didn't finish a Fall Classic contest was in his first appearance in 1964 when he tossed eight innings against the Yankees.
1970 In the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf, Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks, and Brooks Robinson homer to power the Orioles past the Reds, 4-3. Baltimore's offensive output in Game 1 of the Fall Classic overcomes Cincinnati's 3-0 early lead at Riverfront Stadium.
1973 In the fifth and deciding game, the Mets win the National League pennant, beating the Reds, 7-2. Tom Seaver bests Jack Billingham in the Shea Stadium showdown.
1973 During oral arguments being heard by the Supreme Court, Potter Stewart is handed a note with the startling news that Vice President Agnew had just resigned. The note also informs the glum Republican Justice, a big Reds fan, that the Mets are ahead of Cincinnati in the NLCS, 2-0.
1976 The Royals gain their first postseason victory in franchise history when they beat the Yankees, 7-3, in Game 2 of the ALCS. Kansas City southpaw Paul Splittorff, pitching 5.2 innings in relief, is credited with the victory.
1978 Prior to the start of Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers retire the uniform #19 of Jim Gilliam, their coach who died suddenly two days ago as the result of a massive brain hemorrhage. The 37 year-old former All-Star LA infielder will become the team's first player not inducted into the Hall of Fame to receive this honor.
1982 The Brewers become the first team to overcome an 0-2 start in a best of a five-game LCS and take the American League pennant by winning the remaining three games against the Angels.
1993 Chicago slugger Frank Thomas is selected as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The first baseman, who ranked among the top ten of the league's nine offensive categories, batted .317 with 41 home runs and knocked in 128 runs for the division-winning White Sox.
1999 Scoring more than 19 NFL teams, the Red Sox establish a major league record for most runs and biggest margin of victory in a postseason game as they rout the Indians, 23-7, to tie the 5-game series at two games apiece.
2000 In a 2-0 Seattle victory, the Mariners (9) and Yankees (13) combined for 22 strikeouts to set an ALCS record in Game 1 of the series.
2003 With six hits in six consecutive at-bats, Kenny Lofton sets an NLCS record and ties the ALCS mark. Gary Matthews (Phillies-1983), Will Clark (Giants-1989), Steve Buechele (Pirates-1991), and Javy Lopez (Braves-1996) all held the previous NL distinction with five consecutive hits, and Paul Molitor (Blue Jays-1993) established the major league standard, now shared with the Cub flychaser, with reaching safely six times in six consecutive at-bats.
2003 The Cubs take a 2-1 game advantage in the NLCS when they beat the Marlins in extra innings at Pro Player Stadium, 5-4. The eventual winning run scores in the top of the 11th when Doug Glanville triples off Florida's Brandon Looper to plate Kenny Lofton, who had singled after the first out was made in the frame.
2005 Although the Phillies (88-74) have had three straight winning seasons and missed a chance of being the wild card by one game this season, Ed Wade is fired as the team's general manager. Philadelphia has not played in the postseason for 12 consecutive years, including the last eight seasons with Wade calling the shots.
2005 Rafael Palmeiro is spared perjury charges when a Congressional subcommittee decides to not prosecute him following its investigation. The former Orioles' first baseman/DH had piqued the legislators' interest when he tested positive for steroids four months after pointing his finger at the committee during a Capitol Hill hearing, emphatically denying that he had used performance enhancing substances.

2008 Prior to the start of Game 2 of the NLDS, Phillies' manager Charlie Manuel is informed his mother had died earlier in the day at a Virginia hospital after a brief illness. The grieving skipper, one of ten of June's children, stays with the team and directs his club to an 8-5 victory against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.
2009 In Matt Holliday's first at-bat at home since his critical error allowed LA to stage an amazing comeback victory, the Cardinals' left fielder receives a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 47,296 at Busch Stadium. The former NLCS MVP award winner (Colorado - 2007), who will become a free agent after the season, is touched by the fans' reaction and very appreciative of their support.
2009 The Dodgers advance to their second consecutive National League championship series, beating St. Louis 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep of the Redbirds in the NLDS. Solid pitching by late-season pick-up Vicente Padilla and timely hitting by Andre Ethier, who had three extra-base hits, and Manny Ramirez, who broke out of a slump with three hits and two RBIs, close out the series, which will be best remembered for the team's dramatic Game 2 comeback when Matt Holliday's error on James Loney's ninth-inning two-out line drive leads to a stunning two-run walk-off rally.
2010 Behind the solid starting pitching of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, the Phillies complete the franchise's first playoff sweep when Hamels throws a complete-game, five-hit 2-0 NLDS victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Philadelphia will have an opportunity to become the first team to win three consecutive National League pennants since the war-time Cardinals raised flags from 1942 to 1944.
2011 Ranger left fielder Nelson Cruz hits the first walk-off grand slam in major league playoff history when his 11th inning round-tripper beats Detroit, 7-3, in Game Two of the ALCS. The victory in Arlington gives Texas a 2-0 advantage in the seven-game series.

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