This Day In Baseball October 3
Events for October 3
10/3/1917 – In the first game of a double header at Philadelphia, Art Fletcher of the Giants, who was sixth in the batting order doubled in the top of the second (or possibly in the top of the fifth according to a second newspaper) when Dave Robertson should have hit. The hit was negated, but Fletcher managed to double twice in the game even without the one that was nullified. Perhaps due to the improper at bat, the box score for the game is not correct as it shows Fletcher with 6 AB, one too many, and the lead off hitter, George Burns with one too few.
At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League beat the Eastern Colored League’s Hilldale Giants (PA), 6-2, in the opening game of the first Colored World Series. The ten-game event, in which KC will capture the crown, winning five games to 4 with one tie, features games played in Chicago, Kansas City, and Baltimore.
10/3/1937 – In a double header at Pittsburgh, Woody Jensen led off the lid-lifter for the Pirates and went three for four in the game. In the second game, Jensen led off the bottom of the first inning by flying out. Then Reds manager Bobby Wallace talked with umpire Charlie Moran. Lloyd Waner had been penciled into his usual leadoff position for game two. Moran called Waner out and Jensen, the number two hitter, was told to bat and was put out again. There was no reason for Wallace to speak up since Jensen was already out.
Johnny Allen’s bid for a perfect season is spoiled when Hank Greenberg drives in the only run of the game in the first inning, and Jake Wade throws a one-hitter against the Indians in the 1-0 loss to Detroit on the last day of the season at Navin Field. The 32 year-old right-hander from North Carolina will finish the season 15-1, with his .938 won-loss percentage the best in the major leagues.
10/3/1948 After taking his position in center field in the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Joe DiMaggio, is removed from the game by Yankee manager Bucky Harris. As the superstar of their hated rivals limps off the field, the enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 35,000 gives Joltin’ Joe a lengthy and loud standing ovation, a gesture he will later refer to as one of the greatest thrills of his career.
In Game 3 of National League playoff series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson’s one-out three-run homer beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. The round-tripper, better known as the ‘shot heard around the world,’ becomes one of the famous home runs in baseball history.
10/3/1965 At Metropolitan Stadium, Angels’ first baseman Vic Power (Pellot) ends his 12-year major league career going 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a 5-2 loss to the Twins. The .284 career hitter will have the distinction of being the last active player to have worn a Philadelphia A’s uniform (1954).
10/3/1966 Tigers GM James Campbell announces former Reds and Phillies skipper Mayo Smith will replace the late Chuck Dressen, the team’s manager who died in August following a heart attack. Bob Swift, a Detroit coach who had been named to fill the position on an interim basis, was unable to complete season, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Tigers GM James Campbell announces former Reds and Phillies skipper Mayo Smith will replace the late Chuck Dressen, the team’s manager who died in August following a heart attack. Bob Swift, a Detroit coach who had been named to fill the position on an interim basis, was unable to complete season, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
10/3/1976 After being at the Dodger’s helm for 23 years, Walter Alston’s managerial career comes to an end when the team drops a 3-2 decision to the Padres, finishing the campaign ten games behind the Reds. During his tenure, which began in Brooklyn in 1954, the skipper known as Smokey to his players compiles a 2040-1613 (.523) record en route to capturing seven pennants and four World Series titles.
10/3/1976 On the last day of the season, Kansas City’s George Brett and Hal McRae and Minnesota’s Rod Carew are separated by .001 for the batting title. Brett, who goes 3-for-4 , edges his Royals teammate (.333 vs .332) for the American League crown with the deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, being a misplayed line drive, leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.
After being at the Dodger’s helm for 23 years, Walter Alston’s managerial career comes to an end when the team drops a 3-2 decision to the Padres, finishing the campaign ten games behind the Reds. During his tenure, which began in Brooklyn in 1954, the skipper known as Smokey to his players compiles a 2040-1613 (.523) record en route to capturing seven pennants and four World Series titles.
On the last day of the season, Kansas City’s George Brett and Hal McRae and Minnesota’s Rod Carew are separated by .001 for the batting title. Brett, who goes 3-for-4 , edges his Royals teammate (.333 vs .332) for the American League crown with the deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, being a misplayed line drive, leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.
Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Hank Aaron gets an infield single off Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. Except for Minnie Minoso’s appearance in three games with the White Sox as a 50 year-old in 1980, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ will be the last major leaguer who played in the Negro Leagues to appear in a big league game.
10/3/1993 The San Francisco Giants need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on the final day of the season to force a one-game playoff with the Atlanta Braves for the NL West title, but the Dodgers have other plans. Los Angeles rips the Giants, 12 – 1. At 103-59, San Francisco becomes the first club since the 1954 Yankees to win that many games and not play in the postseason.
10/3/2000 Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern-day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. The left-hander joins Buffalo’s Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.
At the site of the franchise’s first National League game in 1969, the Expos, who are scheduled to move to Washington, D.C. next season, play their last game in their 36-year history, losing to the Mets at Shea Stadium, 8-1. Their finale, which turns out to be the rubber match of the franchise series with New York, gives the Amazin’s a 299-298 advantage in the 597 contests played since 1969.
Adam Dunn, having struck out 222 times, doesn’t play in the team’s finale to avoid the dubious distinction of breaking the major league mark for strikeouts in a season. The White Sox All-Star finishes with one less whiff than Mark Reynolds’ record, established by the first baseman in 2009 when he played for the Diamondbacks.
In the final game of the season with the AL West title on the line, Ranger’s center fielder Josh Hamilton’s fourth inning-error opens the floodgates that allow the A’s to erase a five-run deficit when they score six times en route to their 12-5 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The Texas loss puts the team into the new one-game AL Wild Card contest against Baltimore.
After getting off to a slow start in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, Teddy Roosevelt finally beats George, Abe, and Tom to the finish line, winning the Presidents Race for the first time since the popular race made its debut at RFK Stadium in 2006. The victory, the mascot’s first in over 500 tries, is assured when a green furry creature, who bears a striking resemblance to a phony Phillie Phanatic, waylays the other three presidential contenders in right field.
Fernando Rodney extends his franchise record to 48 saves when he is brought in to face Jim Thome and gets the DH to hit a fly ball for the final out in the Rays’ 4-1 victory over Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The right-handed closer, who has allowed only five earned runs over 74.2 innings, improves his single-season record for the lowest ERA (0.60) by a reliever in baseball history, bettering Dennis Eckersley’s 0.61 mark established in 1990.
Alex Rodriguez announces he has filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, accusing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” in an effort to “destroy” his reputation and career. On August 5, the Yankees star was given a 211-game suspension for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement.
The Astros play their last regular-season game at the Astrodome and finish in style. A 9-4 triumph over the Dodgers clinches the N.L. Central crown . Mike Hampton becomes the first 22-game winner in club history. Daryle Ward’s bases-loaded double in the first provides an early lift. Craig Biggio hits his 56th double. Afterwards, members of the 1965 Astros appear as well as the All-Time Astros squad before an enthusiastic packed house.
1998 – Houston loses another 2-1 heartbreaker to the Padres in Game Three of the N.L.D.S. A walk to Craig Biggio forces home Carl Everett for their only run off Kevin Brown. Mike Hampton has a no-hitter for the first five innings but is touched for a run in the sixth. Jim Leyritz homers off Scott Elarton for the decisive run. 2-1 is also San Diego’s lead in the series.
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