Rogers Hornsby finishes the season with a .424 batting average to lead the National League. The Cardinal second baseman easily outdistances Zack Wheat, who finishes second in the race, batting .375 for the Dodgers.
On the last day of the season at Ebbets Field, the Braves' 77 years of representing Boston is extended by three innings when Eddie Mathews' ninth-inning, two-out double ties the score. Darkness ends the contest in the 12th inning, resulting in a 5-5 tie with the Dodgers.
In the bottom of the second inning, Elston Howard, in his first World Series at-bat, knots the score at two to two when he homers off Dodgers' right-hander Don Newcombe. The round-tripper to deep left field at Yankee Stadium marks the first time a black batter has hit a home run off a black pitcher in the history of the Fall Classic.
The Braves, who ended the National League regular season in a first-place tie with the Dodgers, lose Game 1 of the three-game series, 3-2, in front of a sparse crowd of 18,297 at County Stadium. Milwaukee will lose tomorrow's game in L.A., spoiling their chance for a three-peat as NL Champs.
At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Larry Jaster throws a four-hitter, blanking Don Sutton and the Dodgers, 2-0. It's the southpaw's fifth shutout against LA this season, equaling a post-1900 major league mark held by the Senators' Tom Hughes (against the Indians in 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies (against the Reds in 1916).
In his last start of the regular season, Dodger Orel Hershiser tosses ten shutout frames to extend his streak to 59, breaking Don Drysdale's record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings established in 1968.
With his 40th home run, catcher Mike Piazza sets a Los Angeles Dodger single-season record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record, slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.
At Turner Field in Atlanta, Jose Reyes becomes the second Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in one game. Lee Mazzilli was the first to go yard twice in Dodger Stadium on September 3, 1978.
At Coors Field in Colorado, James Loney collects four hits, including two homers, and drives in nine runs in the Dodgers' 19-11 victory over the Rockies. The rookie first baseman, who had one homer and eight runs batted in 93 previous at-bats with the team, ties the franchise RBI mark set by Gil Hodges in his 1950 four-homer game for Brooklyn and breaks the Los Angeles club mark held by Ron Cey.