On December 13, 1910, former major leaguer Dan McGann is found dead in a hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky, having shot himself in the chest. McGann, 39 years old, was apparently distressed over several family tragedies. A first baseman, McGann batted .300 four times and played in the 1905 World Series for John McGraw’s Giants.
At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the Netherlands WBC team, made up of mostly unknown players, upsets a heavily-favored Dominican Republic club for the second time in four days to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans, considered to be an odds-on favorite, with a roster filled with major league All-Stars including David Ortiz (Red Sox), Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), and Miguel Tejada (Astros), are eliminated in the first round of the 16-team tournament.
March 10, 2009
In Game 4 of the World Series, the Giants beat the Rangers, 4 – 0. San Francisco has the first starting all-rookie battery in a World Series game since Yogi Berra and Spec Shea in 1947 and both youngsters do well: Buster Posey homers while Madison Bumgarner tosses eight shutout innings of three-hit ball. The Giants become the first team since the 1966 Orioles to throw two shutouts in a Series.
October 31, 2010
After starting 13 games with two different clubs, Pat Misch’s team finally wins a game he starts when the Mets beat the Rockies, 8-3. The former Giants’ starter, who earned the Coors Field victory for New York, had tied a dubious mark established over the 1993-94 seasons by Seattle’s John Cummings for the longest winless streak endured by a team with the same starter of the mound.
September 3, 2009
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