On December 14, 1980, Elston Howard, the first black player to play for the New York Yankees, dies of heart failure at the age of 51. Howard won the 1963 Most Valuable Player Award for the Yankees.
2001 – Pitcher Randy Johnson, who posted a 21-6 record with a 2.49 ERA and 372 strikeouts, wins his fourth Cy Young Award, his third straight as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Previously, Johnson also won the honor in 1995 with Seattle, and is the second pitcher to win three consecutive Cy Young awards, joining Greg Maddux who won four in a row from 1992-1995.
November 13, 2001
1979 – Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter narrowly edges Joe Niekro for the N.L. Cy Young Award. Joe ties with his brother Phil for the league lead in victories with 21. J.R. Richard finishes third in the voting despite leading the league in ERA (2.71) and strikeouts (313).
October 15, 2019
1951 – At Ebbets Field, the Cards finally beat the Dodgers, 4 – 2. Max Lanier allows seven hits, including Roy Campanella’s 27th homer, in beating Don Newcombe. Newk won’t lose again to the Birds till 1957, winning 12 straight.
August 23, 1951
The Phillies take a 2 games to 1 lead in their NLDS with a 6 – 5 win over the Rockies in frigid conditions at Coors Field. Chase Utley hits a 1st-inning home run and benefits from a dubious umpiring call that leads to the winning run in the 9th. Much-maligned Phillies’ closer Brad Lidge picks up the save after placing the tying and winning runs on base via walks in the bottom of the 9th.
October 11, 2009