Saturday, October 10, 2009

This Week in History:10/4-10/10

The month of October means one thing and one thing only to baseball fans...Playoffs. So when you think about it, accomplishments and milestones, achieved and attained this time of year tend to have a huge impact on a team's success in the postseason. Lets take a look at some landmark events from This Week in History.

10/4: 2001- A third inning home run off the bat of Rickey Henderson makes him the all-time leading scorer in major league history. Henderson slides into home for his 2,246th run to break Ty Cobb's record.

10/5: 2001- The Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 20-3 to clinch their 10th consecutive division title. In doing so, the Braves become the first professional sports franchise to accomplish the feat.

10/6: 1966- Jim Palmer becomes the youngest pitcher to throw a shut-out in the World Series. Palmer, 20, hurls the Orioles to a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandy Kofax takes the loss. The game will also be Kofax's last major league appearance.

10/7: 1950- Whitey Ford pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Phillies to complete the World Series sweep of the "Whiz Kids" Jerry Coleman wins the Babe Ruth Award for Series MVP.

10/8: 1956- Don Larsen throws the only perfect game in World Series history as the New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 at Yankee Stadium.

10/9: 2005- At Minute Maid Park in Houston, Chris Burke hits a solo homer in the bottom of the 18th to end the longest game in post season history as the Astros beat the Atlanta Braves to move on to the NLCS. The Braves blew a 5 run lead late in the game thanks to a grand slam by Lance Berkman and a 2 out ninth inning home run by Brad Ausmus.

10/10: 1973- In the fifth and deciding game of the National League Championship Series, Tom Seaver pitches the Mets past Jack Billingham and the Reds by a score of 7-2 to clinch the National League Pennant at Shea Stadium.

Next Week: Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor, Mazeroski, Palmer (again), and more.

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

I remember watching that 18-inning marathon game with the Astros and Braves. Took forever.