Sunday, October 18, 2009

This Week In History: 10/11-10/18

It used to be that this was the week the World Series began. Alas, the times they are a changin'. Today we take a look back at significant postseason play this week in baseball's history.

October 11
1899 - Ban Johnson unveils the American League (formerly the Western league) and announces the leagues plans to place clubs in Chicago and Cleveland.

1964 - All Star third baseman Ken Boyer of the St. Louis Cardinals belts a grand slam against the Yankees in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series. The Cardinals go on to win the game 4-3. The Cardinals will go on to win the Series 4 games to 3.

October 12
1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies break the 7-7 tie against the Astros in the fifth game of the NLCS after Gary Maddox doubles, sending Del Unser home in the top of the 10th. Dick Ruthven then prevents the Astros from scoring, thus clinching the National Leage Champinshop for the first time since 1950. The Phillies go on to clinch the World Series in 6 games against the Kansas City Royals.

October 13
1903 - The Pittsburg Pirates fall to the Boston American's in the first modern World Series.
2002 - The Anaheim Angels win their first American League pennant. They then go on to righteously smite the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

October 14
1965 - Sandy Koufax pitches his second World Series shutout, allowing the Dodgers to defeat the Twins in Game 7.
1992 - For the first time in World Series history, the games are to be held in Cananda after the Blue Jays defeat the A's 9-2. The same evening, Braves pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera hits a game winning single against the Pirates sending the Braves to their second World Series since moving to Atlanta.

October 15
1923 - The Yankees win their first World Series Championship in Game 6 against the New York Giants after Giants batter Jack Bently hits a grounder to second base and thrown out at first.
1986 - The New York Mets miraculously pull a National League championship after being down 3-0 in the 9th inning. The victory would come after the Mets top the Astros in the 16th inning.

October 16
1985 - In Game 7 of the ACLS, the Royals defeat the Blues Jays closing an amazing 3-game comeback. What is significant about this is that 1985 was the first year that the League Championship Series was expanded to seven games.

October 17
1987 - The first World Series game to be held indoors (in Minnesota's Metrodome) ends after the Twins beat the Cardinals 10-1. In the 4th inning of that game, the Twins scored 7 of those 10 points, aided mostly by a grand slam hit by Danny Gladden.
1989 - Game 3 of the 'Bay Bridge' series ends before it begins after the stadium is rocked by the shock waves of the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake. The park suffers minor structural damage and the series is suspended for 10 days. The Athletics go on to sweep the Giants in Game 4. The World Series is credited for keeping the loss of life on the highways to a minimum as many people were at home watching the game.

October 18
1977 - Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees becomes "Mr. October" in Game 6 against the Dodgers, after belting three straight home runs, each on the first pitch. Jackson's astounding contribution not only earn him a nickname, but the Yankees win the game 8-4, and pick up a World Series championship.


GM-Carson said...

October 13, is always a good day. Phils clinched the NL pennant in '93 on that day.

Burton said...

See, but that was against the Braves, which is why that didn't make it on the list ;)

tamtam said...

My dad told me about the World Series earthquake. He was watching the game as it was happening

Mandie Reed said...

can you believe a girl is reading about sports. lol :) i can't help it i love it!

mandie reed

GM-Carson said...

Mandie- I love that you read this site.

By the way, one of our contributors is female- TamTam.