IN THE NEWS: Pete Rose is .0008 ahead of Roberto Clemente in the batting race in his final at bat today, A bunt single clinches it (.348) for his 2nd straight batting title as the Reds down the Braves, 8–3, in Atlanta.
The Pilots play what will be their last game in Seattle in a 3–1 loss to Oakland. A crowd of 5,473 fans show up to pay their respects.
IN THE NEWS: The first League Championship Series begin in Atlanta and Baltimore. New York survives home runs by Hank Aaron and Tony Gonzalez off Tom Seaver and scores five runs off Phil Niekro in the 8th to coast home 9–5. Paul Blair's 12th-inning squeeze bunt gives the Orioles a 4–3 win over Minnesota.
IN THE NEWS: In his final season, P Masaichi Kaneda of the Yomiuri Giants gets his 400th lifetime win, against 250 losses. During a 20-year career (1950–69), he won 30 games twice and 20 games 14 times. He also holds the Japanese record for strikeouts (4,490), averaging 225 a season, while giving up only 1,809 walks.
IN THE NEWS: A memorable World Series game pits Tom Seaver against Mike Cuellar. RF Ron Swoboda's questionable dive at Brooks Robinson's sinking liner with runners at 1B and 3B in the 9th inning results in a brilliant catch, even though Frank Robinson tags and scores the tying run. In the 10th, Mets pinch-hitter J.C. Martin, running illegally inside the 1B line after a bunt, is hit on the wrist by P Pete Richert's errant throw, enabling pinch runner Rod Gaspar to score from second as the Mets win 2–1. The game is enlivened by Earl Weaver getting thrown out after protesting ball and strike calls by Shag Crawford. Earl is the 3rd manager to leave early in a World Series, but the first since 1935.
IN THE NEWS: In game five Cleon Jones, awarded 1B when shoe polish on the ball proves he was hit by a pitch, scores on Donn Clendenon's home run. Al Weis's home run an inning later ties the game. Ron Swoboda's double and two Baltimore errors in the 8th give New York a 5–3 win and the Series. Jerry Koosman completes the Mets amazin' achievement with a 5-hitter.
IN THE NEWS: The New York City Human Rights Division hears arguments on the Bernice Gera case. Gera was rejected by the National Association of Baseball Leagues as the first female umpire. The NABL says she did not meet height, weight, and age standards.