IN THE NEWS: The Orioles beat the Tigers 7–6. When the Brewers beat the Yankees 3–2 in 10 innings, the O's become the American League East champions.
The Bucs take the National League East by edging the Cubs 6–5. A 2-run pinch home run by Bob Robertson is the game winner. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lose, 3–2, to the Expos, as Bob Gibson takes the loss. Reliever Dale Murray is the winner.
IN THE NEWS: In the Rangers' season finale, Billy Martin allows Ferguson Jenkins to hit for himself rather than use the DH, the first such incident in the American League all season. Jenkins singles to break up the Twins Jim Hughes's no-hitter, scores the Rangers' first run, and goes on to win his 25th game of the season 2–1. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Harmon Killebrew pinch hits for Larry Hisle and strikes out. It is the Killer's last ML at bat as a Twin. He'll sign on as a DH for the Royals after declining the Twins offer to manage in the minors.
IN THE NEWS: Los Angeles advances to the World Series with a 12–1 win over the Bucs. Steve Garvey has two singles and two doubles, and scores four runs as Don Sutton wins his 2nd LCS game and 11th in a row.
The A's get just one hit, but draw 11 walks, nine off loser Mike Cuellar, in beating the Orioles 2–1. Cuellar walks Gene Tenace in the 6th to force in a run, and Reggie Jackson doubles in the winning run in the 7th.
Sadaharu Oh draws his 166th walk in a 130-game season, setting a Japanese record. At his retirement in 1980, Oh will hold the all-time world record for walks, 2,504, topping Babe Ruth's record of 2,056.
IN THE NEWS: Hall of Fame OF Sam Rice dies at Rossmor, Maryland, at age 84, leaving a letter—opened at Cooperstown—confirming his controversial catch in the 1925 World Series. The letter, dated July 26, 1965, details the entire play and ends with Rice's punchline, "at no time did I lose possession of the ball."
Los Angeles, behind Don Sutton, evens the Series with a 3–2 win. The Dodgers score in the 2nd off Vida Blue, and a 2-run home run by Joe Ferguson in the 6th provides the margin.
The Cardinals trade Joe Torre to the Mets for pitchers Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore. Torre will not solve the Mets' 3B problems but he will be named manager in 1977.
IN THE NEWS: Vida Blue and Don Sutton are tied 2–2 going into the bottom of the 6th when Mike Marshall relieves and retires the side. In the 7th, a shower of debris halts the game for 15 minutes. When play is resumed, Joe Rudi hits Marshall's first pitch for a homer to give the A's a 3rd 3–2 win, clinching a 3rd straight World Championship for the team.
IN THE NEWS: The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York, hitting 32 home runs and stealing 32 bases, before leg injuries slowed him. Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him, but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.