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October 12th

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1907 At Detroit's Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.
1916 In front of record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team's fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. Boston, as it did last season, plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival's larger ballpark, which allows more fans to attend the game than if the contest would have been played at Fenway Park.
1920 At Cleveland's League Park, the Indians' hurler Stan Coveleski blanks the Robins, 3-0, to win the 1920 World Series. The Tribe, en route to the franchise's first World Championship, wins the best of nine series 5 games to 2.
1923 In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second home run of the World Series. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nerf outduels Yankees' starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.
1929 The A's, trailing 8-0 during Game 4 of the World Series, erupt for 10 runs in the seventh inning off three Cub pitchers en route to a 10-8 victory. Chicago's Hack Wilson becomes one of the goats of the game when he loses two balls in the sun in center field.
1948 The Yankees surprise their fans and a skeptical press when they name Casey Stengel to replace Bucky Harris as the team's manager. In his previous stints as the skipper with the National League's Braves and Dodgers, the 'Old Perfesser' had never finished higher than fifth place.
1949 Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who will be remembered as the iconic voice of the Dodgers.
1954 Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A's to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago business man, who will shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the 'City of Brotherly Love' includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after it goes to KC, moving it to Oakland in 1968.
1958 Willie Mays makes his first appearance in New York since the Giants moved to San Francisco when his barnstorming NL All-Stars beat Mickey Mantle's American League All-Stars, 6-2. Prior to the game, the 'Say Hey Kid', who thrills the Yankee Stadium crowd of 21,129 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, bests 'The Mick' in a home run hitting contest, 2-1.
1963 At the last game featuring major-leaguers to be played at the historic Polo Grounds, the Latin stars from the National League beat their AL peers, 5-2, in the first and only Hispanic Major League All-Star Game. The postseason exhibition, in which Twins first baseman Vic Power, a native of Puerto Rico, is honored as the number-one Latin American player during a pregame ceremony, includes future Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and Juan Marichal.
1965 Larry Bowa, who was cut from the baseball team during the first three years in high school, is signed by Philadelphia as an amateur free agent. The persistent infielder, who made the C. K. McClatchy squad as a senior, will be given the Phillies' starting shortstop position in 1970 by Phillies' skipper Frank Lucchesi, who likes the 24 year-old's fiery personality.
1967 Lou Brock becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals' 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder a total of seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.
1967 Boston's Impossible Dream comes to an end when Cardinals' ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team's slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical "Man of La Mancha," became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.
1969 Al Weis's timely ninth-inning hit, combined with the two-hitter tossed by Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor, enable the Mets to even the Fall Classic with the Orioles at one game apiece. New York will win the next three games, all played at Shea Stadium, to finish their amazing season with a World Championship.
1972 After clinching the pennant with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS, Blue Moon Odom and Vida Blue give new meaning to the term the Swingin' A's when the starting pitcher and the game's closer begin to brawl in the clubhouse. Odom, who left after five innings having allowed a run on two hits, takes exception to the universal choke sign made by Vida Blue, when the reliever used the gesture to answer his own question, "How come you starters can't finish what you begin".
1972 In Game 5 of the ALCS, the A's clinch their first American League pennant since 1931 by beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Oakland's Blue Moon Odom goes the first five innings, giving up one run on two hits, and the ill starter is then replaced by Vida Blue, who shuts down the opponents the rest of the way for a four-inning save.
1982 In Game 1, Brewers' leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman's 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0, the biggest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0 in 1960.

1983 At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at a game apiece as they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting Charles Hudson as John Lowenstein paces the Birds' offense with three hits, including a fifth inning home run.
1986 On a rainy, miserable night, Norm Cash, wearing cowboy boots, slips off a wet dock on Beaver Island and drowns in Lake Michigan, while returning to his 33-foot cabin cruiser, aptly named "Stormin' Norman". The beloved former first baseman is remembered by his Tiger teammate Al Kaline as someone who "never let anyone get down [and] made everyone feel good."
1986 The Angels are one strike away from playing in the World Series, when Dave Henderson, who had earlier watched Bobby Grich's fly ball bounce over the center field fence off the heel of his glove giving California the lead, hits a two-run homer off of Donnie Moore to put the Red Sox ahead, 6-5. California will tie the game in the bottom of the frame, but Boston will prevail, scoring the deciding run in the 11th inning on a Henderson sac fly.
2001 Tom Kelly retires as the Twins' skipper. During his 15-season tenure, the longest among current managers, he won two World Series titles and compiled a record of 1140-1244 for the small market team.
2003 With his team having lost three consecutive playoff games and on the brink of elimination in the NLCS, Marlins starter Josh Beckett sends the series back to Chicago when he strikes out 11 Chicago batters and gives up just two hits en route to tossing a 4-0 shutout at Pro Player Stadium. Florida will complete their stunning comeback by winning the final two games at Wrigley Field, including the infamous Game 6 that will make Steve Bartman an instant villain in the Windy City.
2003 Thirty-five years after creating a controversy with his rendition of the song, Jose Feliciano sings the Star-Spangled Banner at the Marlins' NLCS game against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium. The singer's nontraditional gospelized version of the national anthem sung before the start of Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium caused such a flap that some radio stations stopped playing his records on the air.
2005 The White Sox' 2-1 victory, tying the ALCS at one game apiece with the Angels, will be best remembered for Doug Eddings's controversial call which appears to signal the third out of the ninth inning has been made, but A.J. Pierzynski takes first base as the home plate ump belatedly rules the catcher had trapped the swinging strike. Chicago will take advantage of the incident when pinch runner Pablo Ozuna steals second and scores the winning run on Joe Crede's double.

2007 In a move commended by environmentalists, the Devil Rays, which had decided to phase out all free parking, will still extend its offer to all vehicles transporting four or more passengers. The decision exemplifies Tampa Bay's continued approach to the greening of Tropicana Field and its team operations.
2009 The Phillies rally for three runs in the top of the ninth, beating the Rockies 5-4 in Game 4 of the division series to advance to the NLCS. For the second consecutive night at Coors Field, Huston Street, Colorado's very reliable closer, gives up runs in the final frame and takes the loss.
2009 The Cubs file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware. The anticipated short-term move will allow the club's owner, the Tribune Company, to sell the team in an $845 million deal to the family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.'s founder, Joe Ricketts.
2010 The Rangers, behind the complete-game effort by Cliff Lee, beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field for the team's first playoff series victory in franchise history, the last major league club to accomplish the task. Texas, who will take on the Yankees for the AL flag, lost their three previous playoff appearances with first-round losses to the Bronx Bombers in 1996 and 1998-99.
2012 The Nationals, twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington's closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.
2013 Anibal Sanchez becomes the second person in postseason history to strike out four batters in an inning when he whiffs Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino (who gets on base on a passed ball), David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli in the first frame of Detroit's 1-0 ALCS victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old right-hander, who matches Cubs right-hander Orval Overall's total in Game 5 of the 1908 Fall Classic, is also the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history, including the regular season.
2013 For the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day end with the score of 1-0. In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank Boston at Fenway Park with the contest's lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta's sac fly in the sixth, and Jon Jay's fifth inning sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium provides the only run the Cardinals will need to take a 2-0 game advantage to Los Angeles in the NLCS.
2015 The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago's sextet of round-trippers, that included long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, marks first time in postseason history that one team has recorded that many home runs in one game.

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