IN THE NEWS: Trailing the first-place Brewers in the American League East, the Orioles sweep a doubleheader with them 8–3 and 7–1 to cut their deficit to one game. 51,583 fans at Memorial Stadium cheer the O's on.
Mets pitcher Terry Leach tosses a 10-inning one-hitter against the Phillies, finally winning 1–0 on Hubie Brooks's sacrifice fly. Luis Aguayo's 5th-inning triple is the Phillies sole hit. It is the only extra inning one-hitter in Mets history.
IN THE NEWS: The Angels clinch the American League West title with a 6–4 win over the Rangers.
Baltimore routs Milwaukee 11–3 to set up a winner-take-all showdown for the AL East title season finale. The O's rapped 18 hits to turn a 3–3 tie into a route. Dave Stewart, in relief, wins his 10th of the year.
Houston hands the Reds their 100th loss of the season, 4–2, a first for the Cincy franchise. However, Reds P Mario Soto does set a better club record by striking out nine batters to break Jim Maloney's mark of 265.
Rookie Brian Denman of the Red Sox shuts out the Yankees, 5-0, in what will be his final ML appearance. He is the 5th pitcher in the century to fire a shut out in his last appearance.
IN THE NEWS: Robin Yount smacks two home runs and a triple as Milwaukee whips Baltimore 10–2 to win the American League East championship. Don Sutton, 4-1 since being acquired by the Brewers in late August, is the winning pitcher. Milwaukee had lost three in a row to Baltimore before today's pivotal victory. Despite Yount's stellar game, he loses the AL batting title .332 to .331 to Kansas City's Willie Wilson, who sat out the Royals' final game. Yount ends the year with 114 RBI and joins teammates Cecil Cooper (121), Gorman Thomas (112), and Ben Oglivie (102) as only the 2nd foursome since 1940 to top the 100 RBI mark: The 1977 Bosox of Fisk, Rice, Hobson and Lynn were the others. Ted Simmons is just three short of 100 RBI or the Brewers would have joined the 1936 Yankees as the only squad with five 100-RBI hitters.
Atlanta loses 5–1 to San Diego, but clinches the National League West title anyway when San Francisco beats the 2nd-place Dodgers 5–3.
Veteran Joe Rudi hits a double and a 4th inning homer to pace to A's to a 6–3 win at Kansas City, The homer comes in Rudi's last at bat as he is replaced by Kelvin Moore.
St. Louis edges the Cubs, 5–4, in 14 innings after both clubs score in the 13th. Julio Gonzalez, who took over at 2B in the 3rd inning has three runs and four hits, including a game winning leadoff home run in the 14th off Ken Kravec. Cubs starter Doug Bird gets no decision but ends the year at 9–14, his first losing season after nine none-losing,. This streak ties him with seven post-war pitchers: Erskine Ford, Pappas, Seaver, Marichal, Clemens, Hershiser.
Expos manager Jim Fanning resigns following the club's season-ending 6–1 win over the Pirates and will return to the club's front office. His 102-87 record as manager is the best in club history.
IN THE NEWS: St. Louis wins its first National League pennant since 1968 by defeating the Braves 6–2 to complete a 3-game sweep of the NLCS. Catcher Darrell Porter, who hit .556, is named series MVP.
In game five of the ALCS, the Brewers complete their comeback from a 2–0 deficit by edging the Angels 4–3 to earn their first-ever trip to the World Series. Angels OF Fred Lynn bats .611 for the series and is named MVP in a losing cause.
IN THE NEWS: Paul Molitor goes 5-for-6 to become the first player ever to collect five hits in a World Series game, and teammate Robin Yount goes 4-for-6 as the Brewers rout the Cardinals 10–0 in game one.
IN THE NEWS: Willie McGee has two home runs to drive in four runs, and makes a great catch to save another run. Joaquin Andujar wins 6–2 despite having to leave the game after being hit by a line drive.
IN THE NEWS: Robin Yount records his 2nd 4-hit game of the Series to lead the Brewers to a 6–4 win in game five and give Milwaukee a 3-2 lead overall. Yount is the first player ever to have two 4-hit games in one World Series.
IN THE NEWS: The Cards sit through two rain delays to easily win game six by a 13–1 score.
Rather than give him the contract extension he requested, A's president Roy Eisenhardt fires manager Billy Martin, who led the club to a 68-94 record this season after winning the American League West in 1981.
IN THE NEWS: Despite having led his club to the American League West title, hard-luck Gene Mauch resigns as manager of the Angels. He will be replaced on November 2nd by John McNamara, who was fired in July as manager of the Reds.
IN THE NEWS: Steve Carlton wins the National League Cy Young Award for the 4th time, a record unmatched by any pitcher. The Phils 37-year-old lefthander, who led the NL in wins (23), innings (2952/3), strikeouts (286), and shutouts (6), was a previous winner in 1972, 1977, and 1980. He joins Walter Johnson and Willie Mays as the only players to be voted MVP or Cy Young winner 10 or more years apart.