Posted: Oct 21, 2012 7:33 AM
Updated: Oct 21, 2012 7:33 AM
1910 After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia 3-2 in the ninth, the Chicago Cubs tied the score and then won 4-3 in 10 innings for their only victory as the A's won the World Series in five games.
1972 The Oakland A's won their first World Series with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7. It was the first championship since 1930 for the franchise, then located in Philadelphia.
1975 A ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the World Series title in seven games. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.
1986 Gary Carter's two home runs at Fenway Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and pulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the World Series after four games.
1987 The St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight home game to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
2000 In their first matchup since Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza in July, Clemens came close to hitting Piazza again this time with the jagged barrel of a broken bat. Piazza fouled a grounder off a letter-high inside pitch and his bat shattered, with the largest chunk the barrel head going back to the mound. Clemens picked up the splintered wood and threw it angrily in front of Piazza as he ran toward first, missing the Mets' star by about 2 feet. Clemens then pitched the best World Series game of his career with a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout before leaving after eight innings in the Yankees' nervous 6-5 victory.
2003 Alex Gonzalez led off the bottom of the 12th with a solo homer, lifting Florida to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the World Series. The loss to Florida snapped the Yankees' winning streak in extra-inning World Series games at seven. Only one World Series game has ever gone longer, Boston's 14-inning win over Brooklyn in 1916.
2009 The Los Angeles Angels responded to the Yankees' six-run comeback with a three-run rally of their own in the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory. The inning, a jaw-dropping, 45-minute, 63-pitch frame, trimmed New York's ALCS lead to 3-2.
2010 Texas clinched its first pennant with a 6-1 victory over the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in Game 6 of the AL championship series. Colby Lewis dominated over eight innings for his second win of the series and Josh Hamilton earned the ALCS MVP award.
2011 Albert Pujols hit three impressive home runs to tie the World Series record, amassing five hits and six RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1 edge. Pujols, who was 0 for 6 in the first two games, became the third player to hit three homers in a Series game. He joined Babe Ruth, who did it in 1926 and again in 1928, and Reggie Jackson's performance in 1977. His six RBIs tied the record in a game, matching Bobby Richardson in 1960 and Hideki Matsui in 2009. Pujols also matched the Series mark for hits in a game set by Paul Molitor in 1982.
Today's birthdays: Darren O'Day 30; Brian Bixler 30; Robinson Cano 30; Eli Whiteside 33; Ichiro Suzuki 39.