Charlton's Baseball Chronology
Scott Posednik's walkoff HR in the bottom of the 9h inning off Brad Lidge gives the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Astros and a 2-ges-to-0 lead in the WS. Paul Konerko's GS in the 7th put Chicago in the lead. Morgan Ensberg hits a solo HR for Houston while Neal Cotts gets the win in relief.
The Red Sox take the opener of the WS with an 11-9 win over the Cardinals. Mark Bellhorn's 2-run 8th inning HR is the deciding blow as Boston bounces back after blowing an early 7-2 lead. David Ortiz also homered for the Sox while Larry Walker connected for St. Louis.
The Marlins move to one game away from a world championship as they defeat the Yankees 6-4 to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the World Series. Winning pitcher Brad Penny's 2-run single gives Florida a lead they never surrender. Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th to bring the Yankees within 2 runs but Bernie Williams' attempt for a game-tying homer falls short at the warning track in center field.
David Bell drives home a run in the bottom half of the 8th inning to lead the Giants to a 4-3 victory to even the Series at two games apiece. Troy Glaus homers for Anaheim and Tim Worrell gets the win in relief for the Giants.
Toronto's Carlos Delgado is named Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
The Yankees 2-hit the Braves 4-1 to take the opening game of the World Series. Orlando Hernandez holds Atlanta to 1 hit in 7 innings for the victory. The Braves' only run comes on a 4th inning homer by Chipper Jones. Scott Brosius has 3 hits for NY while Paul O'Neill drives home 2 runs.
The Orioles hire Fran Wren as General Manager.
Rookie Livan Hernandez wins for the second time as Florida holds off Cleveland for an 8-7 victory in Game 5. Down 8-4 the Indians fight back with 3 in the 9th but strand the tying runner on base. Moises Alou hits a 3-run homer for Florida while Sandy Alomar matches him for the Tribe.
The Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz ties the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blow a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.
Plans are approved for a new $320 million stadium for the Seattle Mariners.
In a dramatic finish Joe Carter of the Blue Jays homers off of Mitch Williams with 2 men on base in the bottom of the 9th to give Toronto an 8-6 victory and the World Championship. Lenny Dykstra hits his 4th homer of the Series for the Phils. Paul Molitor is named the WS MVP.
Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of LaSorda's on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300 collect 30 homers and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.
Florida hires Rene Lachemann as the team's 1st manager.
The Braves even the Series at 2 games apiece with a 3-2 win in Game 4. Journeyman catcher Jerry Willard's sac fly in the bottom of the 9th is the deciding blow. Terry Pendleton and Lonnie Smith stroke solo homers for the NLers while Mike Pagliarulo does the same for the Twins.
John Tudor wins again as he pitches a 9 inning 3-0 shutout.
Rick Sutcliffe who was 16-1 for the Cubs after arriving from Cleveland 2 days before the June 15th trading deadline is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award winner. Overall Sutcliffe was 20-6 with a 3.64 ERA.
Despite an uncharacteristic poor performance (9 hits 7 walks) Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in the Dodgers' 5-4 come-from-behind win. The deciding run scores on a double play. Starter Dave Righetti lasts just two innings walking 2 and allowing 5 hits but reliever George Frazier takes the loss. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer for LA. Starters Valenzuela and Righetti are the first two Rookies of the Year to oppose each other in the WS since Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951.
Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.
Wally Yonamine an American of Japanese descent becomes the only non-Japanese manager ever to win the Japan Series when his Chunichi Dragons beat the Lotte Orions.
Charlie Finley reveals that he will not release Dick Williams from his contract unless he receives adequate compensation from the team that signs him. Williams had resigned following the WS victory 2 days earlier.
The PCL announces a 176-game schedule for 1953.
Branch Rickey contends that the farm system saved baseball during the Depression. He asks Congress for legislation that will protect it from monopoly suits.
The AP picks Giant manager Leo Durocher as Manager of the Year.
In Havana's La Tropical Stadium Venezuela wins the IBA World Championship 3-1 over Cuba. In the classic matchup Chino Canonico bests Connie Marrero who gives up all 3 runs in the first inning. The 2 aces will face each other next year in a rematch.
Before a crowd of 22500 at the Polo Grounds the Cuban Giants young Johnny Taylor outpitches Satchel Paige and the Satchel Paige All-stars to win 2-0 on a no-hitter. Taylor faces 28 batters. The game is scoreless until the 8th inning when Jim West swings late and lofts a 2-run homer into the LF stands.
Bill Purdy who hit .355 in his 2nd year with the Reds scores a touchdown for the Green Bay Packers against the New York Yankees. Purdy's score comes on a 5-yard run.
In South Bend Indiana the Babe Ruth All Stars including Johnny Mostil Marty McManus and Urban Shocker beat the local South Bend Indians 7-3 in a game called after 6 innings because of a late start. The all stars were delayed 2 hours when their vehicle broke down as researched by historian Kevin Paczkowski. The Babe is 3-for-4 and hits a HR estimated at 600 feet. In preparation for the Babe's visit the local team stocked up on baseballs at a cost of $1.23 each: in Montreal on October 17 the Babe hit 36 into a nearby river according to the South Bend Tribune and the ensuing game had to be stopped for lack of balls. Babe's squad will tie tomorrow when the Indians pitch the Giants Fred Fitzsimmons who lives nearby. Joining Freddie is Fred Lindstrom.
Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform as the Giants defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0. Ruth hits a HR over the RF roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.
The Chicago grand jury indictment adds the names of former featherweight boxing champ Abe Attell Hal Chase and Bill Burns as go-betweens in the WS scandal. Confessions later repudiated are signed by Ed Cicotte Joe Jackson Lefty Williams and Happy Felsch.
Three Finger Brown comes back to face Coombs who takes a 2-1 lead into the 7th. The A's get to Brown for 5 runs and a 7-2 win. The crowd of 27374 is the Series' largest. The A's .316 BA is a WS record. For this WS cork-center balls were secretly used for the first time and will be used in the ML starting next year. Previously rubber center balls were used.
In a 6-inning game delayed by arguments the Giants tie the score with a 5-run top of the 6th only to see the Grooms win it in the bottom 10-7 on a 3-run HR by Oyster Burns. New York's Jesse Burkett walks 13. Brooklyn leads the series three games to one.
The St. Louis Browns win the World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings. Pitching his 4th game in 6 days Clarkson holds St. Louis hitless for 6 innings as Chicago builds a 3-0 lead. The Browns tie the game in the 8th and Curt Welch scores the "$15000" run on a wild pitch in the 10th. St. Louis wins the entire gate receipts from the series ($13920) with each of 12 players getting about $580.
The "World Series" moves from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati setting a ML record for the series played in the most (4) cities. (also played in NY and St. Louis.). Chicago takes a 3-2 series lead by beating the Browns 9-2.
The Mets and the Chicagos close their season with a 3-2 White Stocking win in New York.
The 1878 St. Louis squad including Devlin Snyder and Hall of this year's Louisville team beats Boston 9-1 in an exhibition game.
The Chicago Tribune publishes season-ending batting percentages based on the new method of dividing number of at bats into number of hits. Ross Barnes leads with a .429 average thanks in part to the fair-foul rule. The following season the rule is changed so that a ball hit in fair territory and rolls foul before passing first/third base is a foul ball.
In a rematch at Elysian Fields the New York club again beats Brooklyn this time 39-17. The New York Herald publishes a box score of the game showing 12 outs for each side during the game 8 players on each and 3 umpires. Neither of these clubs leave any records behind but it is likely that this game is not considered a "New York game."