Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Week In History: 10/25-10/31

After a long absence, I am back for another addition of This Week In History. Although we are late into October, and the days of regular season baseball are well over, some of baseball's most memorable and monumental events occurred during this week of Halloween. Let's take a look at these events and see if you can remember watching, listening, or reading about some of 'em.

October 25: 1986- With the Boston Red Sox one strike away from ending the "Curse of the Bambino", the New York Mets score the tying run in Game 6 of the World Series on a wild pitch. The Mets would go on to win Game 6 thanks to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner to tie the series at 3 games apiece. The Mets, of course, would win Game 7, and the Series to keep the "Curse" intact.

October 26: 1997- With two outs in the bottom of the 11 inning, a young Edgar Renteria singles home Craig Counsell to win the World Series for the Florida Marlins. The Marlins become the youngest expansion team in the history of the game to win a World Series. The Marlins were just five years old.

October 27: 1985- The Kansas City Royals...yes the Kansas City Royals become the first team in Major League History to lose the first 2 games of the World Series at home and go on to win. Bret Saberhagen, who was named Series MVP, shuts out the Cardinals 11-0 to clinch the series for the Royals. The Royals who lost games 1 & 2 in KC to go down 2 games to 0, also found themselves down 3 games to 1 in the series.

October 28: 1989- The Oakland A's complete a four game sweep of the San Francisco Giants to win the earthquake delayed World Series. Dave Stewart is named Series MVP and becomes the first pitcher to win 2 games in both the League Championship Series and the World Series in the same season.

October 29: 2001- Matt Williams of the Arizona Diamondbacks becomes the first player in history to hit World Series homers for 3 different teams. Williams also homered for the San Francisco Giants in 1989 and the Cleveland Indians in 1997.

October 30: 1963- Sandy Koufax, who was a unanimous choice for the National League Cy Young Award six days prior, is named National League MVP as well. Koufax beats out Pirates
infielder Dick Groat to capture the Award.

October 31: 1972- Despite receiving only 9 of the 24 first place votes, Gaylord Perry (24-16, 1.92) edges Wilbur Wood (24-17, 2.51) by a vote of 64-58 to win the American League Cy Young Award.


GM-Carson said...

Looks like the Phils and Yanks will be making new baseball history in the uncharted waters of November this upcoming weekend/week.

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