Thursday, October 25, 2012
This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
1958 -- Construction began on the new ballpark for the Giants in San Francisco. The rocks in the area resembled candlesticks.
1981 -- The Los Angeles Dodgers, behind Pedro Guerrero's five RBIs, beat the New York Yankees 9-2 to take the World Series in six games.
1989 -- The Oakland Athletics swept the San Francisco Giants in the World Series with a 9-6 win over San Francisco.
1995 -- The Braves won their first World Series since moving to Atlanta with a 1-0 win over Cleveland in Game 6. Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers combined on a one-hitter and David Justice homered in the sixth inning.
2007 -- The Boston Red Sox swept to their second title in four years with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4. Jon Lester pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and Jonathan Papelbon closed with his third save of the Series. Mike Lowell won the MVP award, leading a team that hit .333 in the Series.
2009 -- Chase Utley hit two solo homers off CC Sabathia to help the defending champion Philaldelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.
2011 -- The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7. A day after an epic Game 6 that saw them twice within one strike of elimination, the Cardinals captured their 11th World Series crown behind another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six innings from starter Chris Carpenter. Freese's two-run double tied it in the first inning against loser Matt Harrison and Allen Craig hit a go-ahead homer in the third.
Today's birthdays: Josh Thole 26; Nate McLouth 31.
1931 -- Lefty Grove, winner of 31 games for the Philadelphia A's, was named the American League MVP.
1942 -- Branch Rickey, the architect of the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system, resigned as the team's vice president. Rickey was named president of the Dodgers on Nov. 1.
1979 -- Willie Mays severed all tied to major league baseball after signing a contract with the Bally Corporation, which is involved with legalized gambling in Atlantic City, N.J.
2008 -- Brad Lidge and the Philadelphia Phillies finished off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint to win a suspended Game 5 nearly 50 hours after it started, capturing their first World Series title since 1980. Left in limbo by a two-day rainstorm, Pedro Feliz singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and Lidge closed out his perfect season to deliver the title.
2009 -- Alex Rodriguez delivered the biggest hit of his career, a go ahead two-out double in the ninth inning off Brad Lidge as the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 for a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Today's birthdays: Jose Mijares 28; Will Venable 30; R.A. Dickey 38.
1945 -- Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor-league contract for the 1946 season with Montreal of the International League.
1956 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter. Kratter leased the stadium back to the Dodgers through the 1959 season before using the site for a housing development.
1963 -- Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the second player to win the Cy Young and MVP in the same year. Koufax beat out Pittsburgh's Dick Groat for the MVP award.
1974 -- Oakland's Catfish Hunter, who led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA, was named the American League's Cy Young winner.
Today's birthdays: Desmond Jennings 26; Shane Robinson 28; Manny Parra 30; Lance Nix 32; Jonathan Albaladejo 30; Mike Jacobs 32; Jason Bartlett 33; Marco Scutaro 37.
1961 -- A federal judge ruled that Birmingham, Ala. laws against integrated playing fields were illegal. This ruling eliminated the last barrier against integrating the Southern Association.
1967 -- San Francisco's Mike McCormick won the National League Cy Young award.
1972 -- Gaylord Perry, a 24-game winner with the fifth-place Cleveland Indians, won the American League Cy Young award.
1973 -- Tom Seaver of the New York Mets became the first pitcher to win the National League Cy Young award with less than 20 wins. Seaver went 19-10 with a 2.08 ERA.
2001 -- Derek Jeter hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift New York over Arizona 4-3 and tie the World Series at 2-2. The Yankees' Tino Martinez connected for a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Byung-Hyun Kim. It was the first time in World Series history that a team tied a game with a ninth-inning homer and won with a homer in extra innings.
Today's birthdays: Yamaico Navarro 25; Andy Parrino 27; Javy Guerra 27; Anthony Varvaro 28; Luis Mendoza 29; Mike Napoli 31; Tim Byrdak 39.
1914 -- Connie Mack of the Philadelphia A's citing a loss of $50,000 for lack of fan support starts to clean house by waiving Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. Plank and Bender eventually signed with the Federal League.
1916 -- New York theater owner and producer Harry H. Frazee bought the Boston Red Sox for $675,000.
1938 -- Ernie Lombardi of Cincinnati won the National League MVP award. Lombardi led the league in batting with a .342 mark.
1951 -- Brooklyn's Roy Campanella won the first of three National League MVP awards. The Dodger catcher hit .325 with 33 homers and 108 RBIs.
1966 -- Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. This was the last year there was one selection from both leagues.
1968 -- Detroit's Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner in major league history, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award.
1978 -- New York's Ron Guidry, 25-3, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award. Guidry led the league in shutouts (9) and ERA (1.79).
1979 -- Edward Bennett Williams purchased the Baltimore Orioles for $12.3 million.
2001 -- Scott Brosius hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning and Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the 12th inning to give New York a 3-2 victory over Arizona and a 3-2 lead in the World Series. The Yankees became the first team in postseason history to win two straight games when trailing after eight innings. It was their World Series-record 10th successive win at home. Byung-Hyun Kim gave up the game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the second straight game.
2006 -- Reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, becoming the third player penalized this year for violating Major League Baseball's toughened drug policy.
2010 -- The San Franciso Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 to bring a World Series title to the city by the Bay for the first time. Tim Lincecum and Edgar Renteria gave the Giants their first crown since 1954, four years before they moved West. Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until Renteria earned the Series MVP award by hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.
Today's birthday: Rhiner Cruz 26; Steven Vogt 28; Coco Crisp 33.