Nine to know: October 3 in baseball history

  1. 1946 – The St. Louis Cardinals win the National League pennant beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-4, and sweeping the best-of-three play-in.
  2. 1947 – In Game 4 of the World Series, New York Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens holds the Dodgers hitless for 8.2 innings until pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles in two runs for a 3-2 Brooklyn victory.
  3. 1951 – Bobby Thomson hit the “shot heard ’round the world” – a three-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of game three of the play-in series at the Polo Grounds, sending the New York Giants to the World Series.
  4. 1972 – Remember the name of Roric Harrison because someday you will win something by knowing his name. On this date he homered for the Orioles and became the last AL pitcher to homer before interleague play began as the DH started the next season.
  5. 1974 – The Cleveland Indians hired Frank Robinson as major league baseball’s first black manager.
  6. 1976 – Hank Aaron singles in his last major-league at bat and drives in his 2,297th run as the Brewers lose.
  7. 1990 – George Brett of the Kansas City Royals becomes the first player in major league history to win a batting title in three different decades. Brett went 1 for 1 to finish with a .329 average. Brett also won AL batting titles in 1976 and 1980.
  8. Happy 60th birthday to Dave Winfield.
  9. Happy 57th birthday to Dennis Eckersley.

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