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- 1910 - The Philadelphia Athletics pound the Chicago Cubs, 9 - 3, for a 2-0 lead in the World Series. Eddie Collins collects three hits, including two doubles and two stolen bases.
- 1924 - The Kansas City Monarchs stage a dramatic 9th-inning three-run rally to come from behind and defeat Hilldale, 3 - 2, in Game 8 of the Colored World Series to take a 4-3-1 lead in the best-of-nine series. Following the game, Hilldale manager Frank Warfield verbally assaults catcher Louis Santop, blaming his defensive lapse for the team's loss. Santop is reduced to tears by the tirade.
- 1950 - Connie Mack, at age 87, retires as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years, and Jimmy Dykes is named to replace him. Mack, together with Ben Shibe, founded the Athletics in 1901.
- 1955 - Ralph Kiner announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer, who slumped to 18 home runs and a .243 batting average this year, leaves the game with 369 home runs in 10 seasons.
- 1960 - Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65, New York Yankees co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve manager Casey Stengel of his duties. He posted a 1,149-696 record for the Yankees, including 10 American League pennants and seven World Championships.
- 1967 - The American League owners grant Charlie Finley permission to move the Kansas City Athletics to Oakland, California, in time for the start of the 1968 season. Kansas City is promised a new team by 1971, but when Senator Stuart Symington and Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis threaten action against the move, AL President Joe Cronin reopens talks. The expansion deadline is moved forward to 1969, and will award new franchises to Kansas City and Seattle.
- 1972 - The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Oakland Athletics, 1 - 0, in Game 3 of the World Series. Cincinnati wins despite some successful strategy by the Athletics. In the 8th inning, with runners at second and third, Oakland manager Dick Williams apparently calls for Rollie Fingers to intentionally walk Johnny Bench, only to have Fingers whistle a third strike past the confused Reds catcher. Pitcher Blue Moon Odom strikes out 11 Reds, but Jack Billingham is the winner as the Reds win their first game of the Series.
- 1973 - New York Mets Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combine to pitch a three-hit, 2 - 0 shutout against the Oakland Athletics to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series .
- 1977 - Reggie Jackson becomes known as "Mr. October" when he hits three consecutive home runs in Game 6 of the World Series. Jackson leads the Yankees to an 8 - 4 victory and the World Championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson's three shots come on the first pitch off Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough. He drives in five runs and earns Series MVP honors.
- 1988 - Mark McGwire's home run off Jay Howell in the bottom of the 9th inning gives Oakland a 2 - 1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series .
- 1992 - Ed Sprague's two-run home run in the 9th inning off Jeff Reardon in Game 2 gives Toronto a 5 - 4 win over Atlanta and evens the World Series.
- 1997 - The first World Series game ever played in Florida belongs to the Marlins. Moises Alou and Charles Johnson hit back-to-back home runs against Cleveland's Orel Hershiser to make a 7 - 4 winner of Livan Hernandez in Game 1.
- 2001 - Larry Dierker, who left the Houston Astros' broadcast booth to take over the dugout duties as the team's manager in 1997, resigns despite tying the Cardinals for the best record in the National League (93-69) and winning the Central Division. The team failed to win a playoff series in his five-year tenure, going 2-12 in postseason action. Overall, Dierker posted a 448-362 record for a .553 winning percentage while winning four divisional titles.
- 2004 - After 5 hours, 49 minutes and 471 pitches, the Boston Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5 - 4, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Boston DH David Ortiz, who is the first player in history to hit two walk-off home runs during the postseason, ends the longest game in ALCS history at 1:22 a.m. with a two-out single into center field scoring Johnny Damon from second base in the 14th inning at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, down 3 games to none at the start of the game, stage a remarkable 9th-inning comeback just to get to extra innings, when pinch-runner Dave Roberts steals second base with Mariano Rivera on the mound before scoring the tying run on Bill Mueller's single.
- 2007 - Joe Torre is out after 12 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees when he refuses to take a large pay cut to return in 2008. The Yankees have reached the postseason in all of Torre's seasons at the helm.
- 2009 - The Phillies take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS by trouncing the Dodgers, 11 - 0 at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee only allows three hits while striking out 10 in 8 innings, while the Phillies score early and often, building up a 6 - 0 lead after 2 innings to chase Hiroki Kuroda. Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino homer for the winners, while Ryan Howard hits a two-run triple in the 1st, driving in a run in his 7th consecutive postseason game.
- 2011 - After not homering for almost five months (missing significant time in that stretch due to injuries), Chin-Feng Chen goes deep in dramatic fashion. His grand slam provides all the offense for the Lamigo Monkeys as they beat the Uni-President Lions, 4 - 1, in Game 3 of the 2011 Taiwan Series. It will be their lone win in this year's Series, as they fall in five games.
- The Lamigo Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions, 3 - 2, in Game 5 of the 2012 Taiwan Series, to win their first Taiwan Series. Chao-Hao Tseng gets the win over Jon Leicester, while Paul Phillips earns his third save of the Series. The Taiwan Series MVP goes to Lamigo shortstop Chih-Sheng Lin, the first non-pitcher to win in six years (Chin-Feng Chen was the last).
- The Detroit Tigers complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS with an 8 - 1 win at home. The Tigers build a 6-0 lead after four innings, chasing CC Sabathia, as Max Scherzer cruises to the win. Delmon Young, who is named series MVP, drives in the winning run for the fourth straight game while the Tigers homer four times. The Yankees were thoroughly outplayed, never leading once in the four games, scoring only 6 runs and batting a mere .157.
- The Cardinals take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS by beating the Giants, 8 - 3. The Cards break open a tight 2 - 1 game with a pair of runs against Tim Lincecum in the 5th, then add 2 runs in each of the next 2 innings to run away with the contest. Adam Wainwright is the winner.
- 1845 - Jim Gifford, manager (d. 1901)
- 1848 - Candy Cummings, pitcher; Hall of Famer (d. 1924)
- 1859 - Cliff Carroll, outfielder (d. 1923)
- 1863 - Frank Meinke, infielder (d. 1931)
- 1863 - Walt Wilmot, outfielder (d. 1929)
- 1868 - Boileryard Clarke, catcher (d. 1959)
- 1869 - Frank Todd, pitcher (d. 1919)
- 1875 - Joe Delahanty, outfielder (d. 1936)
- 1881 - Mike Donovan, infielder (d. 1938)
- 1881 - Hans Lobert, infielder, manager (d. 1968)
- 1884 - Burt Shotton, outfielder, manager (d. 1962)
- 1885 - Jack Gilligan, pitcher (d. 1980)
- 1886 - George LeClair, pitcher (d. 1918)
- 1887 - Moxie Meixell, outfielder (d. 1982)
- 1890 - Ted Reed, infielder (d. 1959)
- 1892 - Coonie Blank, catcher (d. 1961)
- 1892 - Bill Johnson, outfielder (d. 1950)
- 1894 - Phil Morrison, pitcher (d. 1955)
- 1895 - Babe Pinelli, infielder (d. 1984)
- 1895 - Tom Sullivan, pitcher (d. 1962)
- 1897 - Sumpter Clarke, outfielder (d. 1962)
- 1902 - Charlie Berry, catcher (d. 1972)
- 1903 - Yats Wuestling, infielder (d. 1970)
- 1906 - Wally Millies, catcher (d. 1995)
- 1908 - Andy Spognardi, infielder (d. 2000)
- 1909 - Orie Arntzen, pitcher (d. 1970)
- 1910 - Skeeter Newsome, infielder (d. 1989)
- 1912 - Guy Curtright, outfielder (d. 1997)
- 1913 - Roy Cullenbine, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1991)
- 1915 - George Gick, pitcher (d. 2008)
- 1917 - Loy Hanning, pitcher (d. 1986)
- 1918 - Fred Vaughn, infielder (d. 1964)
- 1920 - Don Ramsay, minor league catcher and manager (d. 2007)
- 1926 - Gene Visich, AAGPBL player (d. 2012)
- 1927 - Marv Rotblatt, pitcher
- 1931 - Andy Carey, infielder (d. 2011)
- 1933 - Harvey Mulliniks, minor league pitcher
- 1935 - Howie Nunn, pitcher (d. 2012)
- 1938 - Bobby Knoop, infielder; All-Star
- 1942 - Vern Holtgrave, pitcher
- 1942 - Willie Horton, outfielder; All-Star
- 1945 - Don Young, outfielder
- 1949 - Ed Farmer, pitcher; All-Star
- 1949 - George Hendrick, outfielder; All-Star
- 1951 - Andy Hassler, pitcher
- 1951 - Rudy Hernandez, infielder
- 1952 - Allen Ripley, pitcher
- 1952 - Jerry Royster, infielder, manager
- 1954 - Ed Pebley, minor league infielder
- 1957 - Mike Walters, pitcher
- 1959 - Selwyn Young, college coach
- 1960 - Terry Clark, pitcher
- 1960 - Steve Kiefer, infielder
- 1963 - Jeff Wetherby, outfielder
- 1966 - Carlos Maldonado, pitcher
- 1966 - Alan Mills, pitcher
- 1967 - Earnie Johnson, minor league pitcher
- 1968 - Ming-Hsiung Liao, CPBL outfielder
- 1969 - Jeff McNeely, outfielder
- 1970 - Doug Mirabelli, catcher
- 1975 - Jason Camilli, minor league infielder
- 1975 - Alex Cora, infielder
- 1976 - Michael Tejera, pitcher
- 1977 - Mike Meyers, minor league pitcher
- 1979 - Ryan Dittfurth, minor league pitcher
- 1980 - Shane Komine, pitcher
- 1981 - David Murphy, outfielder
- 1982 - Carlos Pezzullo, Italian Baseball League pitcher
- 1982 - Ross Wolf, pitcher
- 1984 - Lucas Montero, minor league player
- 1985 - Edgar Estanga, minor league pitcher
- 1988 - Yessica Meza, Venezuelan womens' national team pitcher
- 1989 - Henry Perez, minor league pitcher
- 1992 - Hudson Boyd, minor league pitcher
- 1876 - Bub McAtee, infielder (b. 1845)
- 1918 - Tom Reilly, infielder (b. 1884)
- 1932 - Mac MacArthur, pitcher (b. 1862)
- 1934 - Guy Morton, pitcher (b. 1893)
- 1937 - Charlie Starr, infielder (b. 1878)
- 1942 - Lev Shreve, pitcher (b. 1867)
- 1945 - Monte Pfyl, infielder (b. 1884)
- 1946 - Jack McCallister, manager (b. 1879)
- 1955 - George Murray, pitcher (b. 1898)
- 1959 - Ralph Bell, pitcher (b. 1890)
- 1960 - Irish McIlveen, outfielder (b. 1880)
- 1963 - Frank Emmer, infielder (b. 1896)
- 1963 - Stu Flythe, pitcher (b. 1911)
- 1981 - Lou Ciola, pitcher (b. 1922)
- 1982 - Bob Vines, pitcher (b. 1897)
- 1983 - Willie Jones, infielder; All-Star (b. 1925)
- 1990 - Nick Etten, infielder; All-Star (b. 1913)
- 1996 - Elmer Klumpp, catcher (b. 1906)
- 2001 - Ferris Fain, infielder; All-Star (b. 1921)
- 2011 - Merritt Ranew, catcher (b. 1938)