Don Mattingly sets a Yankees record with his 232nd
hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox,
eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly
will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352
Mike Scott strikes out 8 Giants in a 2-1
Astros victory to run his season total to 306, joining
Sandy Koufax and J. R. Richard as the only NL pitchers
to fan 300 batters in one season. Scott loses his
bid for a 2nd consecutive no-hitter when Will Clark
doubles in the 7th inning.
Baltimore loses to Detroit 6-3, assuring the
Orioles of their first last-place finish
since moving from St. Louis in 1954.
On the next-to-last day of the season, Dave Righetti
saves both ends of the Yankees doubleheader sweep
of the Red Sox to give him a ML-record 46 saves. Bruce
Sutter and Dan Quisenberry had shared the record with
The Orioles announce that 3B coach Cal Ripken, Sr.,
father of star SS Cal Ripken, Jr., will manage the
club in 1987.
In the ALCS opener, California behind Mike Witt
downs Boston's 20-game winner Roger Clemens 8-1.
Houston takes a 1-0 lead over the Mets in the
NLCS as Mike Scott ties the NLCS record with 14 strikeouts.
Glenn Davis's 2nd-inning solo HR off Dwight Gooden
is the game's only run.
Angel errors and a lost fly ball in the
late-afternoon sun hand the Red Sox a 9-2 victory
in game 2.
The Mets Bob Ojeda goes the distance even though
giving up10 hits, as New York wins 5-1.
The Angels score 5 runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th
innings to down the Red Sox 5-3.
The Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent
surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to
manage the club next season.
Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the 9th
inning, California rallies for 3 runs off Roger Clemens
and Calvin Schiraldi, and goes on to defeat the Red
Sox 4-3 in 11 innings to take a 3-1 lead in the
Len Dykstra's 2-run home run off Dave Smith
with one out in the bottom of the 9th gives the Mets
a 6-5 win over the Astros and a 2-1 lead in the
One loss away from elimination and trailing 5-2
entering the 9th, the Red Sox stage one of the most
improbable comebacks in post-season history, a 7-6
over the Angels in 11 innings. After Don Baylor's
9th-inning home run reduces the deficit to 5-4,
reserve outfielder Dave Henderson slugs a 2-out,
2-run home run off Donnie Moore to give Boston a 6-5
lead. California ties the score with a run in the
bottom of the 9th but Henderson, who had appeared
to be the goat when he dropped Bobby Grich's long
fly ball over the fence for a home run in the
7th inning, delivers a sacrifice fly in
the 11th for the winning run.
Mike Scott baffles the Mets for a 2nd time,
yielding only 3 hits in a 3-1 Astros victory.
Norm Cash, 1961 AL batting champion, drowns
in Lake Michigan, a victim of a boating accident.
He was 51.
The International Olympic Committee announces that
baseball will become a full medal sport at the 1992
Boston scores 5 in the 3rd to beat California 10-4.
The ALCS series is now tied at 3 apiece.
Breaking out of a 1-for-21 slump, Mets C Gary
Carter drives in the winning run of the Mets 2-1
win in the bottom of the 12th, rendering meaningless
Nolan Ryan's 9 innings of 2-hit, 12-strikeout pitching.
In the longest game in post-season history, the
Mets beat the Astros 7-6 in 16 innings to earn
their first trip to the World Series since 1973.
New York scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to force
extra innings. The Mets score 3 more runs in the top
of the 16th and Houston answers with 2 of its own
before Jesse Orosco fans Kevin Bass to end the game.
Boston routs California 8-1 in the 7th
game of the ALCS and advances to the World Series.
The game caps yet another heartbreaking failure for
Angels skipper Gene Mauch, who in game 5 was one strike
away from reaching his first World Series in
25 seasons as a ML manager. After the game, veteran
2B Bobby Grich retires.
Boston wins game one of the World Series 1-0
when Tim Teufel botches Rich Gedman's routine grounder
in the 7th inning, allowing Jim Rice to score the
game's only run. Bruce Hurst and Calvin Schiraldi
combine on a 4-hitter for the Red Sox.
Boston has 18 hits against Doc Gooden and 4 relievers
to give the Red Sox a 9-3 win.
Len Dykstra's leadoff HR helps Bob Ojeda beat his
old team 7-1 to give the Mets their first
Gary Carter hits 2 home runs to lead the Mets to
a 6-2 win at Fenway Park and even the Series
Mets ace Dwight Gooden loses again as Bruce Hurst
gives up 10 hits but wins 4-2 for Boston.
Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement. He was
the last member of the Dodgers Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey
infield and is 2nd on the club's all-time games-played
list with 2,183.
Trailing 5-3 with 2 out and no one on base
in the bottom of the 10th inning, New York rallies
to win game 6 of the World Series 6-5 and force
a deciding 7th game. After Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell,
and Ray Knight single, Bob Stanley uncorks a wild
pitch that permits the tying run to score, and a hobbled
Bill Buckner lets Mookie Wilson's slow bouncer skip
through his legs, allowing Knight to score the winning
The Mets win game 7 of the World Series 8-5
at Shea Stadium. 3B Ray Knight, whose home run triggers
a 3-run rally in the 7th inning, is named MVP.
Former Phillies SS Larry Bowa is named manager of
the Padres, replacing Steve Boros.
Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at the U.S.-Mexico
border for possession of illegal drugs, the 3rd time
he has been arrested on drug charges. He will be sentenced
to 45 days in jail on December 16th.
San Diego trades C Terry Kennedy and minor leaguer
Mark Williamson to the Orioles for P Storm Davis.