» Fred Lynn hits his 300th career home run to help the Tigers to a 5-1 win over Kansas City.
» Cincinnati's Danny Jackson becomes the NL's first 20-game winner by shutting out the Cubs on 6 hits as the Reds romp 17-0.
» One day after hitting 3 home runs in an 8-3 win over the Padres, Gary Carter hits 2 more to lead the Mets to a 9-2 win at San Diego, tying the ML record of 5 home runs in 2 games. He is the 13th player to accomplish the feat.
» Jim Palmer one-hits the Twins 3-0 for Baltimore to get his 11th consecutive victory. The only hit is Gary Gaetti's 2-out single in the 5th inning.
» In the conclusion of the longest game in Fenway Park history, the Mariners beat the Red Sox 8-7 in 20 innings on Joe Simpson's run-scoring triple. The game began on September 3rd, but was suspended after 19 innings.
» The Pirates Dorian Boyland has a 1-2 count in his first ML AB when the Mets make a pitching change. Rennie Stennett pinch-hits, taking the 3rd strike. The strikeout is charged to Boyland, watching the completion of his historic AB from the bench.
Behind Ron Guidry's 20th win, the Yankees take the first game against Detroit 9-1. New York scores 8 in the 7th. Detroit wins the 2nd 5-4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.
» Don Wilson has a no-hitter through 8 innings, but is lifted for a PH by Houston manager Preston Gomez. Reliever Mike Cosgrove gives up a hit, and the Astros lose to the Reds 2-1. Gomez made the same mistake in San Diego on July 21, 1970.
» After hitting in 31 straight games, the 3rd-best streak in NL history, the Dodgers Willie Davis is stopped in a 3-0 loss to San Diego. Al Ferrara drives in all 3 runs.
» Houston finally defeats Philadelphia 4-1 in their final meeting of the season. The Phillies had won all 17 previous contests.
» After a ML record 798 consecutive games at 2B, the White Sox' Nellie Fox is hospitalized with a virus. Fox would have gone 1,072 straight games had manager Marty Marion not rested him on August 5, 1955. Billy Goodman replaces Fox.
Mickey Mantle's first-inning 3-run HR allows Bob Turley to coast to an 8-3 win over Washington. This is Mantle's last HR of the year.
Despite consecutive HRs by Wes Westrum, Al Corwin, and Whitey Lockman in the 3rd, the Giants lose to the Dodgers 8-6 in a game marred by beanballs and disagreements on calls. Following a Clem Labine brushback on Giants IF Bobby Hofman, Larry Jansen throws at Duke Snider and Roy Campanella in the 8th.
Giant hurlers Jim Hearn and Sal Maglie hurl twin shutouts over the Phils, winning 2-0 and 9-0.
» Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber, who last pitched in the ML in 1923 and the minors in 1931, relieves for the Yankees against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 313 innings, but the Tigers Dizzy Trout wins 10-0.
» The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 to clinch the AL pennant, the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees need only 136 games, giving them a 91-45 record.
» After Labor Day games, the Reds lead the Cards by 4 games. In the AL, the Yankees are 1412 ahead.
» Mike Kreevich of the White Sox ties a ML record with 4 doubles.
» In a Labor Day twin bill, Joe Hauser, Minneapolis (AA), hits 3 HRs to reach 65, a new professional record.
» Rogers Hornsby returns to the Chicago lineup as the Cubs beat the Pirates. Hornsby had been absent since Memorial Day because of a broken ankle.
» The Braves play a record 9 consecutive doubleheaders between now and the 15th. They lose 5 of them in a row, including 4 to the Giants.
» The Pirates beat the Reds and open a 2-game lead in the NL.
» The Reds take first place by beating the Cards. The next day they will reverse positions again.
» Dazzy Vance chalks up his 12th straight win, and 24th on the year; it's also the Dodgers' 12th straight win.
» Yankee Sam Jones no-hits the Athletics 2-0. Babe Ruth makes the only strikeout of the game as he slips a point behind Detroit's Harry Heilmann in the batting race.
In a twilight charity game, Ruth plays 1B for Philadelphia's Ascension Catholic Club. Ruth scores the only run in a 2-1 loss to the Lit Brothers.
» To help draw a crowd, and because of their longtime rivalry, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown close out their careers in the same game. Matty, now the manager of the Reds, wins 10-8 in his only game not pitched in a Giants uniform. Cub Vic Saier hits a 3-run HR off Matty, the 5th time he has hit a 4-bagger off him, the most Matty has given up to any one hitter. Mathewson and Brown have dueled 25 times since 1903, with Brown, now back with the Cubs, winning 12 and losing 10; Matty was 12-13.
» Cleveland lefty Vean Gregg strikes out Ty Cobb three times in a row, but Cobb doubles in the winning run in the 12th.
» In a game, the significance of which will not be recognized until 3 weeks later, the Pirates and Cubs are tied 0-0 in the last of the 10th at Pittsburgh. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Pittsburgh's Owen Wilson singles to CF, scoring Fred Clarke with the winning run. Warren Gill, on 1B, does not get to 2B but stops short, turns, and heads for the dugout, a common practice. The Cubs' Johnny Evers calls for the ball from Jimmy Slagle, touches 2B, and claims the run does not count as Gill has been forced. The lone umpire, Hank O'Day, has left the field. When queried, he rules that Clarke had already scored, so the run counts. The Cubs protest to league president Pulliam, but are denied. This is the first time the Cubs try this tactic, but not the last.
With a runner on 3B, Germany Schaefer attempts to draw a throw by stealing 2B, but the Cleveland catcher, Nig Clarke, holds on to the ball. With runners on 2B and 3B, Schaefer takes off for 1B and is credited with a stolen base. On the next pitch he takes off again for 2B and arrives safely, this time drawing a throw and allowing Davey Jones to score from 3B. Schaefer is credited with one SB. This is the 2nd time in 5 weeks this prank has been run.
» For his 32nd birthday tomorrow, Cleveland fans give manager Nap Lajoie a wagonload of gifts, including a live black sheep. Addie Joss pitches a one-hitter against Detroit.
» Dave Fultz steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 2nd inning against Detroit, as the A's romp 13-3.
The Superbas, already famous for their late rallies, stage "Brooklyn finishes" in 2 different boroughs, winning the morning game in Brooklyn with 2 in the 9th, and then taking the afternoon game in Manhattan with 4 in the 8th.
New York rallies for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to slip by Pittsburgh 14-13 and edge closer to 2nd place in the NL race.
"Old Man" Cap Anson shows up for today's game wearing a wig and a long white beard, much to the delight of the Chicago crowd. Anson wears this costume throughout the game, which his Colts win over the Beaneaters 5-3, stretching Chicago's lead to 7 games over Boston.
Player-manager Cap Anson hits HRs in consecutive innings (6th and 7th), to help Chicago down Buffalo 12-4.
Columbus crushes Baltimore 21-4 behind Tom Brown, who goes 6-for-7 with 5 runs and 4 extra-base hits.