TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1951 – In Game 3 of National League play-off series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson’s one-out three-run homer beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. The round-tripper, better known as the ‘shot heard around the world’, becomes one of the famous home runs in baseball history.
1974 – Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in Major League history. The former Reds and Oriole superstar signs a $175,000 contract to manage and play for the Indians.
2004 – At the site of the franchise’s first National League game in 1969, the Expos, who are scheduled to move to Washington, D.C. next season, play their last game in their 36-year history, losing to the Mets at Shea Stadium, 8-1. Their finale, which turns out to be the rubber match of the franchise series with New York, gives the Amazin’s a 299-298 advantage in the 597 contests played since 1969.
And finally…in 2012, Miguel Cabrera clinches the AL Triple Crown, becoming the first player to do so since 1967, when Carl Yastzemski accomplished the feat with Boston. The Tigers third baseman and eventual MVP led the circuit in average (.330), home runs (44), and RBIs (139), playing with the American League champs.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Fred Clarke (1872), Bob Skinner (1931) Dave Winfield (1951) and Dennis Eckersley (1954)