Saturday, October 03, 2009

This Week in History: 9/27-10/3

Season's end is a great time for history to be made. If milestones are reached in the heat of a pennant race in one form or another they seem to be embedded in the memories of fans for generations. Let's take a look at another week in history September 27 through October 3. As usual, some very famous, Hall of Fame players did some of their best work as seasons came to an end and as the playoffs began during This Week in History.

9/27: 1938- Yankee Hall of Famer, Lou Gehrig hits the 493rd and final home run of his storied career. The big fly comes off of Senator's pitcher Dutch Leonard. The home run comes 15 years to the day after Gehrig went deep off of the Red Sox Bill Piercy at Fenway Park for his first career longball.
9/28: 1941- Ted Williams enter the final day of the season batting .399955. He asks to be in the lineup for a Doubleheader against the A's so he doesn't get credit for batting .400 with his average being rounded up. William's decision pays off as he goes 6 for 8 in the twinbill and finishes the season with a .4057 (.406) average. The Splendid Splinter is the last man to reach the coveted .400 mark.
9/29: 1954- Giants Center fielder Willie Mays makes what becomes known as "The Catch", an over-the-shoulder catch that robs the Cleveland Indians Vic Wertz of extra bases. The Giants would go on to win Game 1 of the World Series 5-2.
9/30: 1972- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente doubles off the Mets Jon Matlack to become the 11th Major Leaguer to collect 3,000 hits. The hit will turn out to be Clemente's last as he dies in a plane crash on New Year's Eve while transporting supplies to his native Nicaragua as part of an earthquake relief effort.
10/1: 1961- The Yankee's Roger Maris hits a solo home run off of the Red Sox Tracy Stallard in a 1-0 Yankees victory. The homer is Maris' 61st of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record. Ironically enough, on this date two years later, a baby named Mark McGwire is born.
10/2: 1978- The Yankees come from behind to beat the Red Sox 5-4 in a one game playoff at Fenway Park. Goose Gossage gets the save as he strikes out Carl Yastrzemski to end it. A lite hitting guy by the name of Bucky Dent is the hero as he hits a 3 run home run over the Green Monster off of Mike Torrez to give the Yankees the lead.
10/3: 1951- In Game 3 of the national league playoffs, "The Giants win the Pennant, The Giants Win the Pennant" as Bobby Thompson hits "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" to beat the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning and send the Giants to the World Series.

Next Week: Rickey, The Atlanta Braves, Palmer, Whitey Ford, and more...

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

Players like Cal Ripken, Rickey Henderson, Jamie Moyer, Jesse Orosco should start the senior-MLB, much like the senior-PGA. I'd pay to watch. I'd never have to give up my childhood then.