This Day In Baseball October 2
October 2, 1978 – Bucky “Bleeping” Dent’s unlikely home run helps the New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway Park. Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, Dent smacks a three-run shot against pitcher Mike Torrez into the screen above the Green Monster. The Yankees hold on for a 5 – 4 victory en route to face the Royals in the ALCS and the Dodgers in the World Series. Dent would go on to hit .417 with 7 RBI in a six-game Yankee triumph over LA.
October 2, 1963 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers sets a World Series record by striking out 15 batters in Game One against the New York Yankees, beating the record set by Carl Erskine 10 years ago on this day. The Dodgers win the game, 5 – 2, behind Koufax’ six-hit pitching performance.
October 2, 1968 – In one of the most memorable World Series performances ever, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers. Gibson sets the World Series record for most strikeouts in a single game, set on this day in 1963 by Sandy Koufax, and leads the Cardinals to a 4 – 0 victory over Tigers ace and Cy Young Award winner, Denny McLain.
October 2, 1966 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers wins his 27th game of the season and the final game of his career. Koufax’s 6 – 3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies clinches the National League pennant for the Dodgers.