On Lou Boudreau Day, held in his honor by the citizens of his hometown, Harvey (IL), the Indians skipper tells an audience his Indians were lucky to win the recent World Series. The Cleveland player-manager cites his infielders driving in more than 400 runs and the lack of injuries to key players as reasons why his "third-place" club excelled this season.
The Red Sox trade catcher Les Moss and flychaser Tom Wright to the Browns for backstop Gus Niarhos and outfielder Ken Wood. The deal will have little impact in Boston (6th place) and in St. Louis (7th place) as both teams will finish in the second division.
Red Barber resigns as a Brooklyn Dodger broadcaster and will take the 'catbird' seat with the rival New York Yankees. The 'Old Redhead' is reported to have left the team because he was upset with Brooklyn owner Walter O'Malley, who refused to support him when he failed to get a higher fee from Gillette, the sponsor of the 1953 World Series on television.
Major league owners vote down the sale of the Philadelphia A's to a hometown syndicate. A week later the Mack family sells a controlling interest to Arnold Johnson, who will move the team to Kansas City.
On Candlestick Point, an area in which the rocks resembled candlesticks, construction begins on the Giants' new ballpark in San Francisco. The transplanted team will play their games at Seals Stadium until a new ballpark on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay is ready.
Ground is broken for the Flushing Meadow Stadium. The future home of the New York Mets will be known as Shea Stadium in honor of Bill Shea, a lawyer who helped to bring back the National League to the Big Apple.
Dick Howser replaces Billy Martin as the Yankee manager. The former Florida State baseball head coach, who spent the previous ten years as the team's third base coach, compiles a 103-59 record, leading the team to an American League East championship, but the independent-minded skipper is fired by hands-on owner George Steinbrenner after being swept by Kansas City in the playoffs.
The Dodgers, after dropping the first two games of the Fall Classic, defeat the Yankees, 9-2, capturing the World Championship in six games. The victory at the Bronx ballpark marks the third time this postseason that Los Angeles will comes from behind to win a series, having been down 0-2 against the Astros in the five-game strike-neccessiated NLDS, and 1-2 behind the Expos in the NLCS five-game series.
Entering Game 6 of the World Series in the fifth inning, Yankee right-hander George Frazier, relieving starter Tommy John, gives up three go-ahead runs in the team’s 9-2 elimination loss to the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander becomes the first pitcher to lose three games in a best of seven World Series, and the second hurler to lose that many in any Fall Classic, joining White Sox southpaw Lefty Williams, who also dropped a trio of games in the best-of-nine series played in 1919.
The Padres trade Keith Moreland and Chris Brown to the Tigers for pitcher Walt Terrell, who will be dealt, along with a player to be named [Freddie Toliver], to the Yankees in July. The mid-season swap will bring Don Schulze and Mike Pagliarulo to San Diego.
The A's complete the sweep of the Giants in the earthquake-delayed Fall Classic with a 9-6 victory at Candlestick Park. Right-hander Dave Stewart, who is named the series MVP, becomes the first hurler to win two games in both the LCS and World Series.
The first-ever Branch Rickey Award recipient is Blue Jay outfielder/DH Dave Winfield, who was selected from 28 nominees, one player from each major league club. The honor, bestowed by representatives from the media and Rotary Club, will be given annually to the major leaguer who makes significant contributions to the community, exemplifying the service club's motto, "Service Above Self".
In Game 6, Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers combine on a one-hitter to defeat the Indians, 1-0, giving the Braves their third World Championship, the first since moving to Atlanta. David Justice's leadoff homer in the sixth inning off Jim Poole proves to be the difference.
"It is especially fitting that this legislation honors a courageous baseball player and individual, the late Curt Flood, whose enormous talents on the baseball diamond were matched by his courage off the field. It was 29 years ago this month that Curt Flood refused a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. His bold stand set in motion the events that culminate in the bill I have signed into law." - BILL CLINTON, U.S. president commenting on the Curt Flood Act.
President Clinton signs Curt Flood Act of 1998, revoking baseball’s antitrust exemption for labor matters, but not for matters involving relocation, expansion or the minor leagues. The passage of the legislation by the 105th Congress comes over seventy-five years after the Supreme Court ruled that the sport was not involved in interstate commerce or trade as customarily defined within the context of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Curt Schilling, who named his son Gehrig, receives the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to numerous charities, including ALS, which is better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Diamondback right-hander, who won the World Series opener yesterday, was selected due to his outstanding baseball skills, combined with devoted work within the community.
With his seventh inning three-run shot off New York's Andy Pettitte, Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. The Diamondback third baseman homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and with the Giants in 1989.
The Mets, after being unable to get permission to talk to Lou Piniella from Seattle and deciding not to wait ten days after the World Series for the availability of Giant skipper Dusty Baker, give Art Howe a four-year, $9.4 million deal to manage the team. New York's new skipper led the A's to a pair of AL West championships (2000, 2002), with his teams winning 383 games during the last four seasons, matching Joe Torre's Yankee total.
The Marlins do not renew the contract of John Routh, the 43 year-old man who has been Billy the Marlin since Florida's first game in 1993. Although 'Billy' will return next season, a new person will be hired to wear the 35-pound costume as the team seeks to increase the mascot's visibility by changing the overall role of the character.
Signing the veteran manager to a four-year contract, the Devil Rays name Lou Piniella as their team's new skipper. As compensation to sign 'Sweet Lou' away from Seattle, Tampa Bay sends their All-Star outfielder Randy Winn (.298, 14, 75) to Seattle for minor leaguer Antonio Perez.
With a 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, the Red Sox, for the second time in four years, complete a four-game sweep to win the World Series. Terry Francona becomes the first manager to win his first eight games in the Fall Classic.
During the middle of Game 4 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Rockies, si.com reports Alex Rodriguez has decided to opt out of his contract with the Yankees. The timing of the announcement and being a no-show at the game to receive the Hank Aaron Award, which honors the most outstanding offensive performer in each league, are severely criticized by fans and the media.
In Game 1, Chase Utley, en route to a record-tying five World Series homers, becomes the first left-handed batter in 81 years to hit two round-trippers off a southpaw in a Fall Classic game. The Philadelphia second baseman, who also set a postseason record by reaching base in 26 straight games with his first-inning walk, goes deep twice off Yankee southpaw CC Sabathia in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory in New York, to match Babe Ruth's performance in the fourth and final game of the 1928 series.
Prior to Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Tim Wakefield receives the Roberto Clemente Award, in recognition of his excellence as a ballplayer and his commitment to the community. The 44 year-old Red Sox starter is actively involved with “Pitching in for Kids,” a nonprofit that provides grants to improve the lives of children across New England.
After being down by 10.5 games on August 25 for the NL Central Division lead, the Cardinals beat the Rangers at Busch Stadium, 6–2, in Game 7 of the Fall Classic to win their eleventh world championship in franchise history. In Game 6, the Redbirds had been down to their last strike in both the ninth and the 10th inning, but rallied to tie the score and eventually win the game on David Freese's lead-off, walk-off home run to centerfield in the 11th.
At a press conference held prior to Game 4 at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Clayton Kershaw is named the recipient of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a major leaguer who demonstrates the value of helping others by his action off the field. The Dodger right-hander and his wife, Ellen, founded the Kershaw Challenge, which includes its cornerstone charity, “Arise Africa,” that helps the couple to build and sustain an orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia known as “Hope’s Home.”
In the fifth game of the World Series, Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz ties Billy Hatcher's 1990 World Series record, reaching base in his ninth consecutive plate appearance with a fourth-inning single to extend the streak that began in Game 3. 'Big Papi', the Fall Classic MVP, will hit .688 with a .760 on-base percentage in the six-game series, helping Boston to secure its third World Championship in the past decade.