Charlton's Baseball Chronology
Game 4 of the World Series is postponed due to rain.
Geoff Blum's 14th inning HR off Ezequiel Astacio leads the White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the WS. Houston led 4-0 before Chicago scored 5 runs in the 5th inning off Roy Oswalt to take the lead. Joe Crede also homers for the Sox while Jason Lane connects for the Astros. Damaso Marte gets the win in relief. At 5 hours 41 minutes the contest is the longest in Series history in terms of time. It also ties the mark for longest game in terms of innings played.
The Marlins win their 2nd world championship as World Series MVP Josh Beckett hurls a 5-hit shutout in defeating the Yankees 2-0 in Game 6 of the WS. Luis Castillo's 5th-inning single brings home Florida's 1st run and the only one Beckett needs as he outduels Andy Pettitte. Thus the Marlin conclude their 2nd winning season in the past 11 years in the same manner they concluded their first winning season.
The Yankees defeat the Mets 3-2 to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the 1st pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza's 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.
Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is arrested and jailed after leaving a treatment center following a weekend drug binge.
Cleveland evens the Series for the 3rd time with a 4-1 victory behind Chad Ogea. Ogea helps himself with the bat getting a single and double in 2 trips to the plate and knocking in a pair of runs.
Anheuser-Busch which has owned the Cardinals for 42 years announces plans to sell the team.
Series MVP Frank Viola and reliever Jeff Reardon hold the Cardinals to 6 hits as the Twins capture game seven 4-2 to win their first World Championship in Minnesota. The franchise's last World Championship came in 1924 as the Washington Senators.
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 run. Reliever Calvin Schiraldi absorbs the loss.
The Angels announce that they will not offer 7-time batting champion Rod Carew a new contract for the 1986 season effectively ending his 19-year career. Carew finishes with 3053 hits and a .328 career batting average.
White Sox pitcher LaMarr Hoyt who led the AL with 24 wins but whose 3.66 ERA was not among the league's 15 best wins the AL Cy Young Award beating out the Royals Dan Quisenberry and the Tigers Jack Morris.
After his club loses game 5 of the World Series Yankee owner George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 (he says) fans in a hotel elevator and emerges with a fat lip and a broken hand.
The Padres Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league. Perry copped the NL honors with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA. This is the 13th straight season that Perry has won 15 or more games second only to Cy Young's 15 straight 15+ seasons.
The Cubs trade 6-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Rangers for 3B Bill Madlock and utility man Vic Harris. Fergie has led the Cubs in wins in each of the past seven seasons the only pitcher ever to do so and then be traded. Meanwhile the Giants trade 3-time HR champion Willie McCovey a Giant since 1959 together with a minor leaguer to the Padres for P Mike Caldwell.
The Houston Colts announce that the team has hired Gabe Paul as GM. Paul will clash with majority owner Roy Hofheinz and will leave the following spring for Cleveland.
White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez is the new manager.
Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends the Chicago White Sox from the American League in a dust-up that started when the Sox inked prep star George Zoeterman in violation of the ban against signing high school players. Sox GM Leslie O'Connor argued that Zoeterman was a private school student and therefore not covered a position that earned him a $500 fine. O'Connor refused to pay resulting in the suspension. On November 4 owner Lou Comiskey will pay the fine and the AL will once again be 8 teams.
Dodger manager Leo Durocher signs his 1944 contract which calls for a base salary of $20000 plus $5000 for every 100000 fans over 600000.
The Reds declare a $12 dividend to stockholders.
Before 33228 at the Polo Grounds the Giants put 3 hits together off Coombs in the last of the 9th for 2 runs and a 3-3 tie. The A's Eddie Plank comes on in the 10th and gives up the winning run on Fred Merkle's sac fly to Danny Murphy in the 4-3 contest. Larry Doyle scores from 3B leaping into the arms of his joyous teammates and missing home plate for the 'phantom run'. Ump Bill Klem notices it revealing the fact after the game but the A's fail to appeal. Relief specialist Doc Crandall gets the win after working 2 scoreless innings.
Although Boston fans showed little interest in the playoff the directors give the team $1000 to split among the 13 players. Hugh Duffy is the batting star collecting 12 hits in 6 games including 2 doubles 2 triples and a HR.
New York evens the series when Hank O'Day beats Adonis Terry in a 2-1 extra-inning pitchers' duel. The Giants tie the game in the 9th on a single and 2 steals by Ward and a hit by Connor. In the 11th Ward singles Slattery home with the winning run.
The Giants clinch New York's first World Championship 6 games to 2 by trouncing the Browns 11-3. Tim Keefe gets his 4th win of the series.
Hoss Radbourn of Providence wins his 3rd straight over the (AA) New York Mets concluding the 3-game series. Only 500 diehard fans show up in the cold since Providence clinched by winning the first two games.
The Nationals strike a blow for the prestige of the NA by signing Charley Snyder away from Boston.
The Buffalo club plays its final game in Jamestown NY finishing the season with an overall record of 81-32-3 including 10-7 versus NL teams and 24-8 in official IA games. P Jim Galvin racks up a 72-25-3 record.
A crowd of 3000 is on hand at the Union Grounds as Cincinnati's Asa Brainard limits the champion Mutuals to 5 hits as the Red Stockings win easily 7-1.