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October 7th

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1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.

(Ed. Note: Joe Black takes the loss in his third start of the Series. The 28-year-old right-hander appeared only twice as the starting pitcher in the regular season, making 54 appearances in relief for the Dodgers. - LP)

1977 The Dodgers rally for three runs with none on and two outs in the top of the ninth to take a one-run lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Game 3 of the NLCS. The game appears to be over when LA's Davey Lopes is picked off first base for the final out, but a throwing error by Gene Garber advances him to second base, from where he will score the decisive run on Bill Russell's single.
1978 In Game 4 of the NLCS, Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell's two-out game-winning single, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Phillies and their second consecutive National League pennant. Cey, who walked after the first two batters were retired, advanced into scoring position when Garry Maddox misplayed Dusty Baker's fly ball in center field.
2001 Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in a season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first-inning knuckleball off Dodger Dennis Springer over the right-field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants' left fielder when he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 - .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 - one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.
2006 The Mets defeat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, to complete a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The Dodgers have won only one postseason game in 13 attempts since beating the A's in the 1988 World Series.
2018 At 20 years and 293 days, Ronald Acu├▒a Jr. becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit a postseason grand slam, going deep off Walker Buehler in the second inning of the Braves' 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. Yankee legend Mickey Mantle previously held the record being 21 years, 349 days old, when he went deep with the bases loaded in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series.

6 Fact(s) Found