In addition to being thrown out trying to steal a base, Phillies' second baseman Sparky Anderson goes 0-for-3 in a 5-2 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The season finale marks the end of the 25-year-old infielder's playing career, but the future Hall of Fame manager's participation in 152 contests will establish a record for the most games ever played by someone who spent only one year in the major leagues.
The Philadelphia Inquirer stops its current practice of printing the Phillies magic number, citing the countdown digit has lost its significance in the National League race. The fading Phils, which had a 6.5 game lead just six days ago, now clings to a half-game margin, and the team will need to beat the contenders they will face in five of the six remaining games to clinch the once 'certain' pennant.
Jim Bunning ties a National League record, suffering his fifth 1-0 defeat of the season. The hard-luck Phillies right-hander loses to the Astros when, after two quick outs in the 11th, Rusty Staub doubles and scores on Chuck Harrison's single.
After Gregg Jeffries grounds out to second base to end the Mets' disappointing season, he charges the mound and wrestles Phillies' reliever Roger McDowell to the ground. The fight, which sparks a season-ending bench-clearing brawl, is apparently ignited by the Phillies' reliever when he says something to his former New York teammate, who is running to first, but the rookie infielder will claim his anger resulted from a brushback pitch thrown a few days earlier by the Philadelphia pitcher.
With a 2-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee's County Stadium, the Blue Jays clinch their third consecutive American League East title. Toronto will beat the Phillies in six games, capturing their second straight World Series.
The Braves back into their 14th straight division flag with the Mets beating the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 3-2. The record streak started in 1991 when Atlanta played in the NL West.
Jimmy Rollins extends his hitting streak to 32 games with a seventh-inning single off Mets reliever Juan Padilla. The Philadelphia shortstop breaks the 106-year-old Phillies record, surpassing Ed Delahanty, who hit safely in 31 consecutive games in 1899.
The Phillies capture their fourth consecutive NL East title when they beat Washington, 8-0, behind Roy Halladay's two-hit complete game. Unlike the previous seasons, when the Fightin' Phils' trademark was the big bats in the lineup, this year's squad excelled due to a strong starting rotation that included Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, in addition to Halladay.