This Day In Baseball October 12
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Events for October 12
At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.
In front of record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team’s fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. Boston, as it did last season, plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival’s larger ballpark, which allows more fans to attend the game than if the contest had held at Fenway Park.
1918 – Outfielder Alex Burr is killed in France, becoming the third major leaguer to die in World War I. Eddie Grant and Bun Troy are the others. World War II casualties will be Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill. Bob Neighbors will be listed as missing in action in the Korean War to complete the casualty list.
Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, who will shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after it goes to KC, moving it to Oakland in 1968.
Willie Mays makes his first appearance in New York since the Giants moved to San Francisco when his barnstorming NL All-Stars beat Mickey Mantle’s American League All-Stars, 6-2. Before the game, the ‘Say Hey Kid,’ who thrills the Yankee Stadium crowd of 21,129 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, bests ‘The Mick’ in a home run hitting contest, 2-1.
Larry Bowa, who did not make the baseball team during his first three years in high school, is signed by Philadelphia as an amateur free agent. The persistent infielder, who made the C. K. McClatchy squad as a senior, will be given the Phillies’ starting shortstop position in 1970 by Phillies’ skipper Frank Lucchesi, who likes the 24 year-old’s fiery personality.
Al Weis’s timely ninth-inning hit, combined with the two-hitter tossed by Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor, enable the Mets to even the Fall Classic with the Orioles at one game apiece. New York will win the next three games, all played at Shea Stadium, to finish their amazing season with a World Championship.
At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at a game apiece as they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting Charles Hudson as John Lowenstein paces the Birds’ offense with three hits, including a fifth-inning home run.
1985 – In Game 4 of the ALCS, Al Oliver pinch-hits a two-run double in the 9th inning to give the Blue Jays a 3 – 1 win over Kansas City and a 3-1 lead in the Series. Until this year’s best-of-seven format was adopted, the three victories would have sent the Blue Jays to the World Series, but Kansas City will take advantage of the format change to come back and take the series.
Florida Marlins rookie Livan Hernandez matches Mike Mussina’s one-day old League Championship Series pitching record, with 15 strikeouts in a three-hit, 2 – 1 win in Game 5 of the NLCS. Hernandez, who would not have started if not for an injury to Alex Fernandez, wins his second game of the Series and will earn MVP honors.
The Cleveland Indians again score the winning run in their last at bat, coming back from a 4 – 2 deficit to defeat the Orioles, 8 – 7, for their third straight victory in the ALCS. Sandy Alomar, Jr. drives home the winning run with a single after hitting a two-run home run earlier in the contest. He also scores from second base on a wild pitch in the 5th inning. Brady Anderson, Harold Baines and Rafael Palmeiro hit home runs off Jaret Wright in the 5th while Manny Ramirez homers for the Tribe. Jose Mesa blows his second save in two days, but receives credit for the win.
Atlanta defeats the Houston Astros, 6 – 2, to sweep their National League Division Series and move into the National League Championship Series for the ninth time in ten seasons. Paul Bako, Julio Franco and Chipper Jones hit home runs to back the solid pitching of starter John Burkett. The game is the Astros’ 14th loss in their last 16 postseason games.
2001 – Astros are swept by the Braves at Turner Field, 6-2, to close out another disappointing N.L.D.S, their third such fate at the hands of Atlanta in five years. Former Houston backup Paul Bako homers off Shane Reynolds and drives in three. Daryle Ward’s two-run blast is the only response for the Astros.
The St. Louis Cardinals hit three home runs in a 5 – 4 victory over the Francisco Giants, who lead the National League Championship Series by two games to one. Jim Edmonds, Eli Marrero and Mike Matheny clout round-trippers for the Cards while Barry Bonds adds one for San Francisco. Chuck Finley gets the win for St. Louis.
With his team having lost three consecutive playoff games and on the brink of elimination in the NLCS, Marlins starter Josh Beckett sends the series back to Chicago when he strikes out 11 Chicago batters and gives up just two hits en route to tossing a 4-0 shutout at Pro Player Stadium. Florida will complete their stunning comeback by winning the final two games at Wrigley Field, including the infamous Game 6 that will make Steve Bartman an instant villain in the Windy City.
Thirty-five years after creating controversy with his rendition of the song, Jose Feliciano sings the Star-Spangled Banner at the Marlins’ NLCS game against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium. The singer’s nontraditional gospelized version of the national anthem sung before the start of Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium caused such a flap that some radio stations stopped playing his records on the air.
Andy Pettitte is hit by a line drive during warmups and struggles through a 5-3 loss to St. Louis in Game One of the N.L.C.S. Reggie Sanders powers a two-run blast in the first off Pettitte as the Cardinals build a lead they would never surrender. Chris Burkestays hot for Houston with a pinch-hit two-run shot of his own.
In a move commended by environmentalists, the Devil Rays, which had decided to phase out all free parking, will still extend its offer to all vehicles transporting four or more passengers. The decision exemplifies Tampa Bay’s continued approach to the greening of Tropicana Field and its team operations.
The Rangers, behind the complete-game effort by Cliff Lee, beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field for the team’s first playoff series victory in franchise history, the last major league club to accomplish the task. Texas, who will take on the Yankees for the AL flag, lost their three previous playoff appearances with first-round losses to the Bronx Bombers in 1996 and 1998-99.
The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 4 – 3, to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. St. Louis jumps to a 4 – 0 lead with three doubles against Yovani Gallardo in the bottom of the 1st. But Cards starter Chris Carpenter also struggles. giving back three of the runs over the next two frames and leaves after five innings. However, he is helped by a strong bullpen performance, with Jason Motte getting the save as no other runs are scored after the early fireworks.
The Chicago Cubs agree on a five-year contract with Theo Epstein to be their new team President. Epstein built the Boston Red Sox team that won two World Series in 2004 and 2007, but was shaken by the team’s brutal September collapse this season, following manager Terry Francona’s departure by a few days. The deal won’t be made official for another two weeks, and Boston and Chicago will need to agree on compensation as Epstein still has a year to go on his contract.
The Rangers win another extra-inning game to take a 3-1 lead over the Tigers in the ALCS. They score 4 runs in the 11th inning with a single by Mike Napoli followed by Nelson Cruz’s three-run homer off Jose Valverde, his second extra-inning homer of the Series. Cruz also throws out Miguel Cabrera at the plate in the 8th in one of the game’s key plays; surprisingly, the Rangers had walked the Tigers’ slugger intentionally with one out and the bases empty, putting the potential winning run on base.
Behind CC Sabathia, the Yankees fight off the pesky Orioles, 3 – 1, in Game 5 of the ALDS. Sabathia allows only 4 hits in a dominant complete game effort. With Alex Rodriguez on the bench, New York scores twice in 6 innings against Jason Hammel, and Curtis Granderson adds a solo homer in the 7th. The Orioles score once in the 8th, but never mount a significant threat against the Yankees’ ace.
The Cardinals move on to the NLCS with another dramatic comeback, pulling out a 9 – 7 win over the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, after trailing by 6 runs. With St. Louis trailing, 7 – 5, in the top of the 9th, Carlos Beltran hits a lead-off double, but Drew Storen retires the next two batters; however, Yadier Molina and David Freese both draw walks on full counts and Daniel Descalso hits a shot just off the glove of SS Ian Desmond to tie the game. Pete Kozma follows with a single to score two more runs. Jason Motte then pitches a scoreless bottom of the 9th to give St. Louis another stunning postseason win.
Twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, the Nationals suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.
Game 1 of the ALCS also ends 1 – 0, in favor of the Tigers over the Red Sox. Anibal Sanchez pitches 6 no-hit innings and four relievers complete the one-hitter. Sanchez strikes out four Red Sox in the 1st inning, the second pitcher to do this in a postseason game, after Orval Overall in Game 5 of the 1908 World Series. Jhonny Peralta drives in Miguel Cabrera with a 6th-inning single, while Daniel Nava has Boston’s only safety, a single off Joaquin Benoit with one out in the 9th.
Anibal Sanchez becomes the second person in postseason history to strike out four batters in an inning when he whiffs Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino (who gets on base on a passed ball), David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli in the first frame of Detroit’s 1-0 ALCS victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old right-hander, who matches Cubs right-hander Orval Overall’s total in Game 5 of the 1908 Fall Classic, is also the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history, including the regular season.
For the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day end with the score of 1-0. In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank Boston at Fenway Park with the contest’s lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta’s sac fly in the sixth, and Jon Jay’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium provides the only tally the Cardinals will need to take a 2-0 game advantage to Los Angeles in the NLCS.
The Cardinals find some unexpected power to defeat the Giants, 5 – 4, in Game 2 of the NLCS and tie the series at a win apiece. The Cards, who hit the fewest home runs in the National League this season, hit four long balls, including a walk-off shot by Kolten Wong to lead off the bottom of the 9th, after Trevor Rosenthal had allowed the Giants to tie the game in the top of the inning.
On the brink of elimination, the Royals, score 5 runs in the top of the 8th to erase a 6 – 2 deficit and go on to beat the Astros, 9 – 6, to force a fifth game in the Division Series. The big inning results from a series of singles and walks, and one error. Houston wastes great performances by two youngsters, P Lance McCullers who strikes out 7 and gives up only 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings, and SS Carlos Correa who reaches base five times, hits a pair of homers and a double, and drives in 4 runs.
The Blue Jays attack starter Derek Holland of the Rangers early and often to win Game 4 of the other ALDS, 8 – 4. Josh Donaldson hits a two-run homer before Holland can record an out and Chris Colabello adds a solo shot in the 1st, before Kevin Pillar goes deep in the 2nd; Toronto then adds three more runs in the 3rd. Jays manager John Gibbons raises eyebrows when he removes veteran R.A. Dickey with a 7-1 lead and two outs in the 5th, to bring in ace starter David Price, who goes three innings, making him unavailable for the decisive fifth game.
The Cubs hit 6 homers in defeating the Cardinals, 8 – 6, in Game 3 of the other NLDS. The hitters are Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler. Jake Arrieta is not his usually dominant self, but still strikes out 9 in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win over Michael Wacha, who gives up three of the long balls.
The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago’s sextet of round-trippers, that included long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, marks first time in postseason history that one team has recorded that many home runs in one game.
2017 – The woes of the Nationals in the Division Series continue, as they again fail to advance to the next round of the postseason, losing Game 5 at home, 9 – 8, to the Cubs. In a wild and sloppy game, Washington jumps ahead, 4 – 1 after 2 innings thanks to homers by Daniel Murphy and Michael Taylor off Kyle Hendricks, but Chicago comes back with a pair of runs in the 3rd, and a brutal four-run inning against ace Max Scherzer, pitching in relief in the 4th. Both teams will add a few runs in the later innings, but Chicago’s lead holds to the end as Washington loses at this stage for the fourth time since 2012, and three times in a decisive fifth game in which they held a lead at one point.
2018 – The Brewers take advantage of a defensive breakdown by the Dodgers that includes two passed balls and three errors, including two by C Yasmani Grandal, and a home run by reliever Brandon Woodruff, to take an early 5 – 1 lead against ace Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles comes back with four runs in the last two innings, but fall short, as Milwaukee wins Game 1 of the NLCS, 6 – 5.
2015 – Minute Maid is jumping as the Astros build a 6-2 lead with six outs to go in order to wrap up the A.L.D.S. but Kansas City decimates the Houston bullpen for seven runs to take a 9-6 verdict and force a decisive Game 5. Carlos Correa drilled two homers and a double with four RBIs while Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez smashed solo shots before the retractable roof caves in, adding to the city’s legacy of excruciating postseason collapses.