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This Day in Dodgers History
September 30th

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1923 It's Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field, and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and receives an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer, and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6-4.
1933 At Sportsman's Park in the Cubs' 12-2 rout of the Cardinals, Babe Herman hits for the cycle, becoming the first player in baseball history to do it three times. The Chicago outfielder also accomplished the rare feat twice, playing for the Dodgers in 1931.
1947 Ralph Branca becomes the youngest player to start a World Series opener. At Yankee Stadium, the 21-year, nine-month-old right-hander and the Dodgers lose to the Bronx Bombers, 5-1.
1951 Knowing the Giants have won their game in Boston, the Dodgers rally from a five-run deficit to beat Philadelphia in 14 innings, 9-8, forcing a three-game playoff for the National League pennant. After Jackie Robinson makes a game-saving catch in the thirteenth to preserve an 8-8 tie, he hits a home run in the next frame that proves to be the difference in Brooklyn's victory at Shibe Park.
1953 George Shuba, best known as the Montreal Royal teammate who shook Jackie Robinson's hand after the rookie homered, becomes the third major leaguer and the first in the National League to pinch-hit a home run in the World Series. With his round-tripper off Allie Reynolds in the Dodgers' 9-5 Game 1 loss at Yankee Stadium, 'Shotgun' joins Yogi Berra (1947) and Johnny Mize (1952), who both accomplished the feat playing for the Bronx Bombers.
1956 Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league-leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk's total is the most wins by an African-American pitcher in a season.
1962 On the last day of the season, Gene Oliver's eighth-inning homer off Johnny Podres proves to be the difference in St. Louis' 1-0 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The loss to the Cardinals and the Giants' 2-1 victory over Houston forces Los Angeles into a best-of-three-game playoff for the National League pennant, a series the team will lose to San Francisco.
1999 The largest regular-season Candlestick Park crowd, 61,389 fans, watch the Giants lose to the Dodgers, 9-4, in their last game at the 'Points.' Former franchise greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing the ceremonial first pitch and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch.

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