BOYS TENNIS REGIONALS

Richmond 5 Knightstown 0

East Central 3 Connersville 2

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: THURSDAY

Richmond vs. East Central 4:30

 ELSEWHERE:

Loogootee 4 Bloomfield 1

Jasper 5 Vincennes Rivet 0

Jeffersonville 4 New Albany 1

Floyd Central 4 Silver Creek 1

Center Grove 5 Shelbyville 0

Perry Meridian 4 Indianapolis Roncalli 1

Carmel 5 Kokomo 0

West Lafayette 5 Logansport 0

Chesterton 4 New Prairie 1

Penn 3 South Bend St. Joseph 2

Fort Wayne Carroll 3 Fort Wayne Dwenger 2

Homestead 5 Adam Central 0

Fairfield 4 DeKalb 1

Concord 3 Westview 1

Lawrence North vs. North Central postponed

New Palestine vs. Fishers postponed

Lapel 4 Winchester 1

Delta 4 Marion 1

Peru 3 Warsaw 2

Culver Academies 5 Plymouth 0

Munster 5 Merrillville 0

Crown Point 5 Hammond Noll 0

Bloomington South 4 Greensburg 1

Columbus North 5 Seymour 0

Castle 5 Tecumseh 0

Evansville Reitz 4 Evansville North 1

Terre Haute South 5 fountain Central 0

Parke Heritage 3 S. Putnam 2

Park Tudor vs. Zionsville postponed

Covenant Christian vs. Avon postponed

 

GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Richmond 1 East Central 0

RHS RELEASE

The Lady Devils used great defense and opportune offense to beat defending Sectional Champion East Central. The Devils got the usual production from VanMiddlesworth to Bennett for the goal, followed by a tremendous defensive effort by the back line and midfield.

Richmond plays Mt Vernon Thursday 5:00pm at Greenfield Central Soccer complex.

 New Palestine 4 Connersville 0

Knightstown 1 Centerville 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Seton Catholic 0

Eastern Hancock 3 Knightstown 1

Northeastern 3 Tri 1

Hagerstown 3 Union County 0

Hagerstown Varsity Volleyball defeated Union County this evening 25-23,

25-16, 25-21.  Hallie Rogers had 29 assists and 20 service points including

4 aces, Carli Morris had 18 digs and 15 service points including 4 aces,

Jessica Swimm had 17 kills, Regan Tinkle had 10 kills and 10 total blocks,

and Maddie Pruitt had 10 total blocks. Record: 20-4 (TEC 7-0).

The JV Lady Tigers were also victorious over Union County 25-17, 25-15.

Record: 20-1.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Centerville Thursday.

 

Muncie Burris 3 Muncie Central 0

New Castle 3 Franklin Central 0

Harrison 3 W. Lafayette 0

Madison Grant 3 Marion 0

Centerville 3 Lincoln 1

Centerville won Tuesday against Lincoln 27-25, 18-25, 25-22, and 25-14. Kelsee

Troutwine had 14 kills and Sidne Thompson and Kate Wilson had 13 kills each. Addie

Walther had 11 kills and 6 blocks. Morgan Toschlog had 26 digs, Ally Staton had 28

assists, and Skyler Murray added 19 assists and 4 aces. Centerville is now 20-8

overall and 7-0 in the TEC. Centerville plays again Thursday night at home against

Hagerstown to determine the conference champion.

Centerville JV won their match tonight against Lincoln 25-21, 25-21. Autumn Westover

had 3 aces, Lilly Waters had 15 assists, and Emma Ulm had 15 digs and 4 kills.

Kenleigh led in kills tonight with 5 and Aly Blake had 4. We are now 13-3.  

 

INDIANA ASSOCIATED PRESS FOOTBALL POLLS – WEEK 7

6A

1 Warren Central

2 Brownsburg

3 Avon

4 Carmel

5 Penn

6 North Central

7 Lafayette Jeff

8 Center Grove

9 Columbus North

10 Valparaiso

 

5A

1 New Palestine

2 Decatur Central

3 Martinsville

4 Columbus East

5 Bedford North Lawrence

6 Indianapolis Cathedral

7 Michigan City

8 Whiteland

9 Seymour

9 Elkhart Central

 

4A

1 Fort Wayne Dwenger

2 NorthWood

3 East Central

4 Mishawaka

5 Marion

5 Lowell

7 Angola

8 Evansville Central

9 Northview

9 Mooresville

 

3A

1 Evansville Memorial

2 West Lafayette

3 Indianapolis Chatard

4 Heritage Hills

5 Andrean

6 Guerin Catholic

7 Brebeuf

8 Brownstown Central

9 Gibson Southern

10 Fort Wayne Luers

 

2A

1 Western Boone

2 Tipton

3 Indianapolis Scecina

4 Bremen

5 Whiting

6 Triton Central

7 Eastbrook

8 Paoli

9 Shenandoah

10 Southridge

 

1A

1Pioneer

2 Adam Central

3 Churubusco

4 Southwood

5 Sheridan

6 North Central

7 Monroe Central

8 South Adams

9 Eastern Greene

10 Covenant Christian

 

 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Colorado 2 Chicago 1 (13)

 

NBA PRE-SEASON

Charlotte 122 Miami 113

Cleveland 102 Boston 95

Houston 131 Memphis 115

Utah 105 Toronto 90

Denver 113 LA Lakers 111

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Purdue Fort Wayne 2 Detroit 2 2OT

Cincinnati 0 Bradley 0 2 OT

Southern Illinois Edwardsville 2 IUPUI 1

Notre Dame 3 Northwestern 0

EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 15 Notre Dame (6-3-1, 2-1-0 ACC) claimed its third

consecutive victory in as many outings on Tuesday evening with a masterful

performance in a 3-0 defeat of Northwestern (4-5-2).

NOTES OF THE MATCH

   – The Irish improve to 15-5-5 against the Wildcats in the all-time

   series.

   – Notre Dame is now 2-0-0 in true road contests.

   – The Irish have not allowed a goal in the first half of play in any

   match this season, spanning 450 minutes.

   – Notre Dame shutout its opponent for the second consecutive outing and

   fourth time this season.

   – With Rothrock and MacLeod adding their names to the goal column, nine

   Irish players have now scored in 2018.

   – With the assist, Ueland notched his first assist of the season and

   fourth of his career.

 Virginia 2 Wright State 1

Xavier 3 Santa Clara 3 2OT

 

 TOP HEADLINES

Rockies advance after beating Cubs in 13

Tony Wolters waited and waited as the NL wild-card game went deep into Tuesday night. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.

When that opportunity arrived, he was ready.

Wolters hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Chicago Cubs 2-1 at Wrigley Field in the longest win-or-go-home postseason game in major league history.

“Probably the biggest hit I’ve ever had, that’s for sure,” he said.

The 26-year-old Wolters, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in 2016, entered as part of a double switch in the bottom of the 12th. The reserve catcher came up with runners at the corners and drove in Trevor Story with a two-strike hit back up the middle off losing pitcher Kyle Hendricks, quieting the crowd of 40,151 on a crisp fall night.

After playing its third big game over three days in three different cities, Colorado now heads to Milwaukee to open a best-of-five Division Series against the NL Central champion Brewers on Thursday.

“We didn’t make it easy on ourselves, that’s for sure,” Story said, “but we’re going to enjoy this one tonight and we’re definitely not done.”

Scott Oberg, the sixth Colorado pitcher, fanned Kris Bryant for the final out of the 12th and then struck out the side in the 13th to end the longest postseason game at 104-year-old Wrigley. Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a replay review confirmed the initial call.

After Albert Almora Jr. struck out swinging for the final out, Wolters ran out and grabbed Oberg. They were soon joined by the rest of the excited Rockies in a rollicking purple mob near the mound.

 

Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to ‘grow a young team’

Two years ago, the Minnesota Twins made Derek Falvey their chief baseball officer with the precondition that Paul Molitor remain as manager.

Molitor presided over a playoff team and won the American League Manager of the Year award in 2017, but the Twins slipped backward this season. Last week, Falvey and general manager Thad Levine decided the time was right to hire their own manager.

Citing pursuit of more productive development by their younger players, Falvey and Levine fired Molitor on Tuesday while offering him an opportunity to remain with the organization in an undefined position in baseball operations.

“This wasn’t about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we continue to grow a young team in the direction toward being a championship contender,” Falvey said.

Falvey and other club executives expressed confidence that Molitor would stay with the Twins beyond the 20 years he has already worked for them in various roles, including the final three seasons of his Hall of Fame playing career.

“I fully respect that decision,” Molitor said in a statement distributed by the team. “I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I’m going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role.”

The Twins went 305-343 under the 62-year-old Molitor, with one appearance in the playoffs in 2017. They were 78-84 this year, long out of postseason contention after a series of early setbacks to several key players.

Falvey and Levine, in a news conference at Target Field to announce the change, didn’t articulate specific reasons for firing Molitor or desired qualities they’re seeking with his replacement. The 20-minute session with reporters was largely filled with praise of Molitor’s acumen and attitude, including a willingness to employ data-driven, new-age strategy like defensive shifts and starting a game with a relief pitcher.

 

Manfred: No timetable on finishing Russell investigation

Major League Baseball has no timetable for finishing its investigation of domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell by his ex-wife, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday night.

“Right now, we’re kind of going day by day,” Manfred said. “That’s the best I can do for you. The most important thing is to take our time, make sure we have all the facts, and make sure we try to make a decision at a point in time that it doesn’t affect roster decisions and things like that.”

Manfred said it’s “conceivable” a decision is announced before the end of the playoffs, though he would not say if it’s likely. He spoke prior to the wild-card game between Chicago and Colorado.

Russell has denied the accusations. He was placed on administrative leave Sept. 21 after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, re-iterated claims of domestic abuse. He was not on the wild-card roster.

MLB has said it began an investigation last year after allegations first became public.

Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user – described by Reidy as a close friend -claimed Russell had “hit” his wife. The post was later deleted. Reidy declined to talk to MLB at the time because she decided it was not in her family’s best interests, her attorney, Thomas Field, said last year.

In September, a blog post attributed to Reidy described more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. Less than 12 hours later, MLB announced Russell had been put on leave under MLB’s domestic violence policy.

Chicago acquired Russell in a July 2014 trade with Oakland. He helped the Cubs win the World Series two years ago, batting .238 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs in 151 games.

 

Seeking relief, A’s to start Hendriks in wild card game

Reliever Liam Hendriks will start for the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night’s AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.

Hendriks was designated for assignment in June and cleared waivers, but now he’ll open the biggest game of Oakland’s season. He will be only the fourth pitcher to start a postseason game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

A 29-year-old right-hander, Hendriks was 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 appearances this year, including 0-1 and a 2.08 ERA in eight September starts of 1 2/3 innings or less. He pitched seven shutout innings in his last seven starts, allowing four hits.

Virgil Trucks started twice for Detroit in the 1945 World Series after returning from World War II and making one regular-season appearance. The others to start in the postseason after no regular-season wins were Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo in 2008 when he returned from a torn knee ligament, and St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter in 2012 when he came back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Following injuries to Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton and several others, Oakland manager Bob Melvin used 15 starters.

 

Wild-card do-over: Severino for Yankees again

 Luis Severino gets a wild-card do-over.

After getting just one out for the New York Yankees against Minnesota last year, Severino starts this year’s winner-take-all matchup against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night .

“I just want to win,” Severino said Tuesday. “If I can go four good innings and then the bullpen comes, that would be great.”

Severino was chosen over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka despite a second-half slump. Rookie manager Aaron Boone said he made the decision after a staff meeting Saturday, slept on it and finalized it the next day .

“I think he’s equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, he’s equipped with amazing stuff and the ability to dominate big league hitters because he’s such a talented pitcher,” Boone said.

Severino left last year’s wild-card game trailing 3-0 after allowing four hits and a walk. Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman combined for five-hit relief as New York rallied for an 8-4 victory.

“I was too excited,” Severino said. “It was a good experience. Now I’ll take that tomorrow and try to treat that game like a regular game.”

A 24-year-old right-hander, Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts. He was 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA at the All-Star break but lost six of his next nine decisions before beating Boston and Tampa Bay in his last two outings.

He lost 8-2 at Oakland on Sept. 5, allowing six runs – five earned – and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. He threw two wild pitches and Gary Sanchez had two of his major league-high 18 passed balls .

“I think it was a miscommunication between us,” Severino said. “I think we didn’t set the right signs.”

 

Dodgers to start Ryu in Game 1 of NLDS against Braves

Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers at home in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

The defending National League champions said ace Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Friday in Game 2.

Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA) is scheduled to pitch the opener for the NL East champion Braves.

Ryu missed extensive time with a groin injury this season but went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. He had a 1.50 ERA in five outings last month and will be working on normal rest in the best-of-five series opener.

The left-hander from South Korea compiled a 1.15 ERA in nine regular-season starts at home for the NL West champions.

Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) will be making his 25th career postseason appearance and his 20th start.

 

Dansby Swanson may be longshot for Braves’ NLDS roster

Shortstop Dansby Swanson did not participate in the Atlanta Braves’ light workout Tuesday and appears to be a longshot to make the team’s roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Swanson partially tore a ligament in his left hand on a swing against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard on Sept. 24. He had pain when he tried to swing a bat Saturday in Philadelphia and received more treatment Tuesday, remaining inside while his teammates were on the SunTrust Park field.

Manager Brian Snitker paused when asked if Swanson still has a chance to play when the Braves open the NLDS on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“A chance,” Snitker said. “I don’t know how great of one, really. But we’ve had guys in situations like this who have come in the next day and been a lot better, so we’re just going to take it a day at a time.”

Braves players were not available to reporters on what was officially a day off.

Charlie Culberson, who excelled for the Dodgers in the 2017 postseason , would be Atlanta’s starting shortstop if Swanson does not show dramatic improvement. That would strain Atlanta’s already thin bench. Ryan Flaherty could make the roster as a backup infielder.

Snitker said Culberson’s postseason experience will be “really big” because “it’s the maiden voyage for most concerned.”

Culberson hit .282 with eight homers after the All-Star break this season, and .270 with 12 homers overall.

 

Steelers focusing on slow starts, not Bell’s possible return

If Le’Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn’t let his teammates and coaches know.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his standoff with the team around Pittsburgh’s bye week, which begins after the Steelers face the Bengals on Oct. 14.

“I have not talked to Le’Veon and I really have no Le’Veon update,” Tomlin said. “It’s the best approach for us to focus on the guys which are here and working … we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Nothing has changed in that regard.”

Bell is in the midst of an extended absence as an act of self-preservation when he and the Steelers could not reach a long-term agreement after Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him in the spring.

Technically he is not holding out because he has yet to sign his one-year deal, a decision that is costing him more than $850,000 a week. Bell did not offer a specific date for his return, but if he comes in around Oct. 15 it would give him two weeks to show the coaching staff what he can do before the Steelers play Cleveland on Oct. 28.

The two-time defending AFC North champions have slumped during Bell’s self-imposed sabbatical. Pittsburgh is 1-2-1 a quarter of the way through the season thanks in large part to sluggish starts that have forced them to play from behind and abandon the running game. The Steelers ran for 19 yards on 11 carries in a loss to Baltimore on Sunday night.

Several of Bell’s teammates – particularly the offensive line – expressed frustration in early September when Bell opted not to rejoin the team in time for the opener, as he did in 2017. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes Bell gives Pittsburgh a much-needed jolt, but isn’t exactly expecting Bell to show up and save the day, whenever that day actually arrives.

 

NFL suspends Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks indefinitely

The NFL suspended Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks indefinitely on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty last month to federal insider trading charges.

Kendricks was suspended under the personal-conduct policy, said league spokesman Brian McCarthy.

A suspension had been anticipated since his guilty plea in early September.

Seattle signed Kendricks prior to Week 2 because of a need at linebacker with K.J. Wright out following knee surgery. It was a controversial signing since Kendricks had pleaded guilty in federal court only days earlier.

Kendricks has started two of the three games he’s played with Seattle and played a significant amount of snaps at weakside linebacker for the Seahawks. He had six total tackles and a sack in each of the past two games.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll had been given advance word from the league each week about Kendricks’ availability but he hinted Monday this could be the week something may happen, saying, “Tomorrow’s a big day for that.”

“I think he’s really good. We’ll miss him if he doesn’t get to play with us but while we have him, we’re going to continue to work him.”

Federal prosecutors said Kendricks used tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals. Prosecutors said his co-defendant, Damilare Sonoiki, was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as receiving perks such as tickets to Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances.

 

Swinney: Clemson QB Lawrence will play at Wake Forest

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says injured quarterback Trevor Lawrence will play against Wake Forest.

Lawrence missed the second half of fourth-ranked Clemson’s 27-23 win over Syracuse last week after taking a hard hit right before halftime.

At first Swinney said Lawrence had concussion-like symptoms. On Monday, coaches said Lawrence’s injury was more of a neck strain.

Lawrence took part in all of Clemson’s practice Monday. Swinney says the 6-foot-6 freshman looks and feels great and that is a “big blessing” for the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Swinney also said Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow is splitting time at quarterback and could come in third if something happens to Lawrence and backup Chase Brice.

  

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

  • 1920 – American Pro Football Association plays first games.
  • 1947 – With only one out to go, New York Yankees pitcher Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid; it scored two runs and he lost the game (World Series #44).
  • 1948 – NFL becomes first sport televised as sport of the week.
  • 1951 – The New York Giants win the pennant defeating Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1960 – New York Yankees win 8-7, ending season on a 15-game win streak.
  • 1965 – Whitey Ford pitches number 232 to become New York Yankees’ winningest pitcher.
  • 1965 – On the last day of the season, San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd home run to break the franchise record he established in 1955. San Francisco Giants defeat Cincinnati Reds at Candlestick Park, 6-3.
  • 1970 – Baseball umpires call their first strike.
  • 1971 – Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000.
  • 1972 – Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Philadelphia Phillies (almost half of their 59 wins).
  • 1982 – Cox 4 rowing record set at 12:52 for 99 miles (Geneva, Switzerland).
  • 1982 – Record 11,763 start a 186-mile cross-country race near Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1982 – Scott Weiland runs Detroit marathon backwards in less than five hours.
  • 1987 – Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile.
  • 1990 – George Brett becomes first to lead league in batting in three decades.
  • 1990 – Detroit Tigers’ Cecil Fielder becomes 11th to hit 50 home runs (and 51st).
  • 2004 – The Montreal Expos play their last baseball game in their 36-year history.

 

 TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1909      Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player in baseball history to win the Triple Crown, leading the Junior Circuit in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. The ‘Georgia Peach’ accomplishes the feat batting .377, driving in 107 runs, and hitting 9 homers, all of which are inside-the-park round-trippers, for the American League champs.

1909      The Tigers end the season with 98 victories to extend their American League record for most wins in a season, after recently surpassing the mark of 95 established by the 1904 Red Sox. Detroit boasted a pair of 20-game-winners, George Mullin (29) and Ed Willett (22), with Sam Crawford (.314) and Ty Cobb (.377) providing the majority of the offense for the champions of the American League.

1919      Cuban native Adolfo Luque becomes the first player from Latin America to appear in a World Series. In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, ‘the Pride Of Havana’ pitches a scoreless eighth inning for the Reds in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

1924      At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League beat the Eastern Colored League’s Hilldale Giants (PA), 6-2, in the opening game of the first Colored World Series. The ten-game event, in which KC will capture the crown, winning 5 games to 4 with one tie, features games played in Chicago, Kansas City, and Baltimore.

Amazon Baseball’s First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants And Kansas City Monarchs

1937      Johnny Allen’s bid for a perfect season is spoiled when Hank Greenberg drives in the only run of the game in the first inning and Jake Wade throws a one-hitter against the Indians in the 1-0 loss to Detroit on the last day of the season at Navin Field. The 32 year-old right-hander from North Carolina will finish the season 15-1, with his .938 won-loss percentage the best in the major leagues.

1937      In the season finale, Hank Greenberg gets the lone ribbie when Detroit defeats the Indians, 1-0. The 26 year-old Tiger first baseman finishes the season with 183 RBIs, just one shy of Lou Gehrig’s 1931 American League record.

1947      In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Bill Bevens comes within one out from pitching the first no-hitter in World Series history. The Yankee hurler loses his claim to fame and the game when Cookie Lavagetto, pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 improbable victory.

1948      In the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Joe DiMaggio, after taking his position in center field, is removed from the game by Yankee manager Bucky Harris. As the superstar of their hated rivals limps off the field, the enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 35,000 gives Joltin’ Joe a lengthy and loud standing ovation, a gesture he will later refer to as the one of the greatest thrills of his career.

1951      In Game 3 of National League playoff 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.

1962      At Dodger Stadium, the Giants beat Los Angeles, 6-4, to take the rubber game of the best-of-three National League playoffs, clinching the National League pennant. LA shortstop Maury Wills sets a major league record for the most games played in a season, appearing in all of his team’s 165 games.

1965      Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson goes the distance, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 5-2, to become a 20-game winner for the first time. The future Hall of Famer will win twenty games four more times in the next five seasons.

1965      At Metropolitan Stadium, Angels first baseman Vic Power (Pellot) ends his 12-year major league career going 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a 5-2 loss to the Twins. The .284 career hitter will have the distinction of being the last active player to have worn a Philadelphia A’s uniform (1954).

1965      On the last day of the season, Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd home run to break the franchise record he established in 1955. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ league leading home run is given up by Reds hurler Billy McCool as San Francisco defeats Cincinnati at Candlestick Park, 6-3.

1966      Tigers GM James Campbell announces former Reds and Phillies skipper Mayo Smith will replace the late Chuck Dressen, the team’s manager who died in August following a heart attack. Bob Swift, a Detroit coach who had been named to fill the position on an interim basis, was unable to complete season, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

1968      In the third inning of Game 2 of his complete-game World Series victory over St. Louis, Tiger starting pitcher Mickey Lolich hits a solo homer off Nelson Briles. The Busch Stadium round-tripper will be the only home run the southpaw will hit during his 16-year big league career.

1970      Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar becomes the first pitcher to homer in a league championship game. The right-hander’s fourth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the Orioles’ 10-6 ALCS Game 1 victory over Minnesota.

1972      Surpassing Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente appears in his 2,433rd game for the most ever played by a Pirate. Sadly, it will be the last regular season game the Pittsburgh outfielder will ever play as he will be killed in a plane crash during the off-season.

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.

1976      After being at the Dodger’s helm for 23 years, Walter Alston’s managerial career comes to an end when the team drops a 3-2 decision to the Padres, finishing the campaign 10 games behind the Reds. During his tenure, which began in Brooklyn in 1954, the skipper known as Smokey to his players compiles a 2040-1613 (.523) record en route to capturing seven pennants and four World Series titles.

1976      On the last day of the season, Kansas City’s George Brett and Hal McRae and Minnesota’s Rod Carew are separated by .001 for the batting title. Brett, who goes 3-for-4 ,edges his Royals teammate (.333 vs .332) for the American League crown with the deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, being a misplayed line drive, leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.

1976      Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Hank Aaron gets an infield single off Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. With the exception of Minnie Minoso’s appearance in three games with the White Sox as a 50 year-old in 1980, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ will be the last major leaguer who played in the Negro Leagues to appear in a big league game.

1982      On the last day of the season, the Brewers celebrate their American League East title clinching victory on the field at Memorial Stadium after beating the Orioles, 10-2, to edge Baltimore by one game in the final standings. The 51,642 hometown fans, although disappointed by the results, stay after the game and give retiring manager Earl Weaver a heartfelt, tremendous 45-minute series of ovations for his 15-year tenure as the Birds’ skipper.

1987      Benito Santiago’s consecutive game hitting streak ends at 34 when the backstop is held hitless in three trips to the plate by Dodger hurler Orel Hershiser, who tosses a complete game in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. The stretch of straight games with a hit by the 23 year-old not only represents a new mark for rookies, but also for catchers.

1990      George Brett pinch hits a fifth-inning RBI sac fly, and then singles in the seventh inning to end the season winning the batting title with a .329 batting average. The Royals superstar is the only player to win three batting crowns in three different decades (1976-.333; 1980-.390).

1993      The Rockies become the fourth National League team, the only one this century, not to record a shutout during the season. The other clubs to achieve this dubious distinction include the 1898 Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 1898 St. Louis Browns, 1898 Washington Senators, and the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.

1993      The Giants, despite winning 103 games, are eliminated from the Western Division race when the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league’s Rookie of the Year, hits two home runs in the game.

1993      Eighty-three year-old Mel Harder throws the ceremonial ‘last’ pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a member of the 1932 Indian squad, he also had thrown the first pitch as the team’s starting pitcher in the ballpark’s inaugural game, a 1-0 defeat to Lefty Grove and the A’s.

1995      The Yankees, 9-6 victors over the Mariners in the Bronx, and the Rockies, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Braves in Colorado, become the first clubs to participate in the postseason not having been a first-place team. The two wild-card clubs will not advance further in the playoffs, both losing their three-out-of-five divisional series.

1996      The Devil Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages of North America, located in nearby Bradenton, announce an agreement that renames the ThunderDome. The ballpark will become known as Tropicana Field with the city of St. Petersburg receiving more than $13 million as part of the sweet deal.

1999      Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season, passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522 round-trippers.

1999      In the final regular-season game ever to be played at the Astrodome, Mike Hampton (22-4) beats the Dodgers, 9-4. The victory clinches the division title as the Astros finish one game ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.

2000      Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. He joins Buffalo’s Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.

2001      Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking Babe Ruth’s major league record established in 1923 of 170 bases on balls. Astros’ reliever Nelson Cruz gives up the historic walk in the sixth, and the Giants left fielder will finish the season with 177 walks.

2002      The ax continues to drop as a total of six managers have been fired since the end of the regular season three days ago. Jerry Royster (Brewers) joins Bobby Valentine (Mets) and Jerry Narron (Rangers), who were dismissed yesterday, as well as Bruce Kimm (Cubs), Luis Pujols (Tigers), and Hal McRae (Devil Rays), who were let go earlier in the week.

2004      On the last day of the season, Blue Jays television announcer John Cerutti is found dead in his SkyDome hotel room. The death of the 44 year-old Albany, N.Y. native, who was a former big league pitcher, is due to natural causes with foul play not being suspected.

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.

2005      The ax begins to fall as two managers are fired the day after the season ends. Jim Tracy (5-yrs/427-383) and Alan Trammell (3-years/186-300) are fired by the Dodgers and Tigers, respectively.

2006      Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hires his fourth manager since buying the team four years ago. Florida hires Braves third-base coach Fred Gonzalez to replace first-year skipper Joe Girardi, who had a well-publicized feud with the owner during the season.

2007      After winning their tenth World Series championship last season, the Cardinals announce senior vice president and general manager Walt Jocketty (1,117-968, .536) will no longer have a role with the team. The former GM, who will be replaced on an interim basis by his assistant John Mozeliak, watched the Redbirds make seven postseason appearances, winning two National League pennants and the 2006 World Series, during his 13-year tenure with the club.

2007      The construction for the $250 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium, which will include the reduction of seating, the addition of an outfield concourse, a team hall of fame and conference center, and a new HD scoreboard, begins with a ceremonial groundbreaking inside the ballpark. The improvements, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day in 2009, will keep the Royals in Kansas City until 2030, a 15-year extension of their current deal.

2008      Jerry Manuel, who replaced Willie Randolph in June, inks a two-year deal to manage the Mets. The likable 54 year-old skipper, who compiled a 55-38 record in his interim role, built a three-and-a-half game division lead over Philadelphia in September, but like his predecessor, could not stop the team from collapsing at the end of the season.

2009      Needing only a win or a Colorado loss for the past week, the Dodgers finally clinch the National League West title with a 5-0 victory over the wild-card Rockies. Joe Torre, who will be managing in the postseason for the 14th consecutive season, has won thirteen divisional titles, including ten with the Yankees, one with the Braves, and now his second with LA.

2010      The Giants return to the playoffs for the first time in six years when they beat the Padres on the last day of the season. After losing the first two games of the weekend series to San Diego, San Francisco avoids ending the season tied with their West Division foe with a 3-0 victory at AT &T Park.

2010      The Rays, entering the final day of the season tied with the Yankees, win their second AL East crown when their rivals lose to Boston. With the title not in jeopardy, even with a loss due to their overall record against New York this season, Tampa Bay rallies for a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in 12 innings to take the division by a game.

2010      With an 8-7 victory over the Phillies and a San Diego loss to San Francisco later in the day, the Braves reach the postseason for the first time since 2005. Atlanta had won 14 straight division titles under skipper Bobby Cox, who has announced his retirement for the end of the season, but this is the first time in franchise history that the team has won the National League Wild Card.

2010      Josh Hamilton finished the regular season with a .359 average, the best in franchise history, to become the third Ranger player to win an American League batting crown. The Texas outfielder joins Julio Franco, who hit .341 in 1991, and Michael Young, who led the Junior Circuit in 2005 with a batting average of .331.

2010      According to Ken Macha, he will become the first managerial casualty in the offseason after hearing that the Brewers have decided not to pick up the option on his contract for 2011. The 60 year-old skipper, who reached the playoffs with Milwaukee two seasons ago as the NL Wild Card team, will be told formally tomorrow in a meeting with general manager Doug Melvin.

2010      The Pirates, with their 5-2 loss in Miami, finish the season with a 17-64 record on the road. The Bucs’ dismal away-from-home performance equals the 1963 Mets’ infamous mark for a 162-game season.

2012      Adam Dunn, having struck out 222 times, doesn’t play in the team’s finale to avoid the dubious distinction of breaking the major league mark for strikeouts in a season. The White Sox All-Star finishes with one less whiff than Mark Reynolds’ record, established by the first baseman in 2009 when the played for the Diamondbacks.

2012      In the final game of the season with the AL West title on the line, Ranger’s center fielder Josh Hamilton’s fourth inning-error opens the floodgates that allow the A’s to erase a five-run deficit when they score six times en route to their 12-5 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The Texas loss puts the team into the new one-game AL Wild Card contest against Baltimore.

2012      After getting off to a slow start in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, Teddy Roosevelt finally beats George, Abe, and Tom to the finish line, winning the Presidents Race for the first time since the popular race made its debut at RFK Stadium in 2006. The victory, the mascot’s first in over 500 tries, is assured when a green furry creature, who bears a striking resemblance to a phony Phillie Phanatic, waylays the other three presidential contenders in right field.

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.

2012      Fernando Rodney extends his franchise record to 48 saves when he is brought in to face Jim Thome and gets the DH to hit a fly ball for the final out in the Rays’ 4-1 victory over Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The right-handed closer, who has allowed only five earned runs over 74.2 innings, improves his single-season record for the lowest ERA (0.60) by a reliever in baseball history, bettering Dennis Eckersley’s 0.61 mark established in 1990.

2013      Alex Rodriguez announces he has filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, accusing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” in an effort to “destroy” his reputation and career. On August 5, the Yankees star was given a 211-game suspension for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement.

2015      In the nightcap of a Citi Field twin bill, Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of the season when the Nationals beat the first-place Mets, 2-0. The 31 year-old National right-hander becomes the fifth pitcher to hurl with two no-hitters in the same regular season, joining Nolan Ryan (1973 Angel), Virgil Trucks (1952 Tigers), Allie Reynolds (1951Yankees), and Johnny Vander Meer (1938 Reds), who also accomplished the feat.

  

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY – October 3, 1951

NEW YORK-In an electrifying finish to what long will be remembered as the most thrilling pennant campaign in history, Leo Durocher and his astounding never-say-die Giants wrenched victory from the jaws of defeat at the Polo Grounds today, vanquishing the Dodgers, 5 to 4, with a four-run splurge in the last half of the ninth. A three-run homer by Bobby Thomson that accounted for the final three tallies blasted the Dodgers right out of the World Series picture, and tomorrow afternoon at the Stadium it will be the Giants against Casey Stengel’s American League champion Yankees in the opening clash of the world series.

Seemingly hopelessly beaten, 4 to 1, as the third and deciding game of the epic National League play-off moved into the last inning, the Giants lashed back with a fury that would not be denied. They routed big Don Newcombe, while scoring one run. Then, with Ralph Branca on the mound and two runners aboard the bases, came the blow of blows. Thomson crashed the ball into the left-field stand. Forgotten on the instant was the cluster of three with which the Brooks had crushed Sal Maglie in the eighth.

For a moment the crowd of 34,320, as well as all the Dodgers, appeared too stunned to realize what had happened. But as the long and lean Scot from Staten Island loped around the bases behind his two team-mates a deafening roar went up, followed by some of the wildest scenes ever witnessed in the historic arena under Coogan’s Bluff. The Giants, lined up at home plate, fairly mobbed the Hawk as he completed the last few strides to the plate. Jubilant Giant fans, fairly beside themselves, eluded guards and swarmed on the field to join the melee. When the players finally completed their dash to the center- field clubhouse, the fans, thousands deep on the field, yelled themselves purple as Thomson repeatedly appeared in the clubhouse windows in answer to the most frenzied “curtain calls” ever accorded a ballplayer.

The pennant, which the Giants so dramatically won in the second play-off series in National League history and the first to go the full three games, brought to a climax one of the most astonishing uphill struggles ever waged in the annals of the sport. Off to an atrocious start in the spring when they blew eleven in a row, the Giants plugged away firmly for weeks to make up the lost ground. But as late as Aug. 11 they were still thirteen and a half games behind the high-flying Brooks who, hailed by experts as the “wonder team” of the modern age, threatened to win by anywhere from fifteen to twenty lengths.

Then, on Aug. 12 began the great surge. Sixteen games were won in a row and from there the Polo Grounders rolled on to finish in a deadlock with the Dodgers at the close of the regular schedule. Majestically they swept ahead on Monday in the opener of the threegame play-off series in Brooklyn. Then disaster engulfed them as they came to the Polo Grounds Tuesday to be buried under a 10‚0 score. And they were still struggling to get out from under as late as the ninth inning today when Thomson, whose tworun homer had won on Monday, exploded his No. 32 of the year that ended it all. It sailed into the lower left-field stand a little beyond the 315 foot mark. The ball, well tagged, had just enough lift to clear the high wall. And with that Leo Durocher almost leaped out of his shoes as he shrieked and danced on the coaching line.