At the Baker Bowl, 42-year-old right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander earns his final career win, pitching the final four innings of the Cardinals' 9-7 victory over the Phillies. 'Old Pete' will retire next season tied with fellow Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for the most wins in the National League history with 373, including a league-leading ninety shutouts.
In front of an overflow crowd at Falcon Park, 14-year-old Jorge Lebron, an infielder from Pattillas (PR), becomes the youngest professional player ever, debuting for the Auburn Phillies, Philadelphia's short season-A affiliate. The 5-foot-10, 132-pound shortstop plays two games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.
Attempting to break Stan Musial's National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder to Garry Templeton that the official scorer rules as an error rather than giving the Phillies' first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the sizeable vocal crowd at Veterans' Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles say 'go' into the walkie-talkie when the Phillies president had said 'no.’
After tying the mark in June in the last game played before the two-month baseball strike, Pete Rose becomes the all-time National League hit leader when he singles off Cardinal hurler Mark Littell for his 3,631st hit. The Phillies' first baseman is congratulated on the field by Stan Musial, who previously held the mark, in front of 60,561 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Stadium.
In his last appearance of the year, two-time Cy Young Award recipient Brett Saberhagen picks up his 14th and final victory of the campaign when the Mets beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 6-2. The 30-year-old right-hander, in his 24 starts, will finish the strike-shortened season with more wins than walks (13) and home runs allowed (13).