Book Excerpt: Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs
Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs: Baseball's Grand (and no-so-grand) Finales
The center of this New York Yankees maelstrom was
In 1949, 1950 and 1951, Mapes wore Mickey Mantle's number 7. Mantle, who originally wore 6, was sent down to Triple-A in July, 1951, because he was slumping. When he returned in August, he was given number 7, which remained his number for the remainder of his career. The Yankees retired number 7 on Mickey Mantle Day, June 8, 1969.
The younger brother of
Wednesday, October 4, 1972, was the last day of games with American League pitchers coming to the plate. Closing the regular season on the west coast, the first-place Oakland Athletics faced the California Angels and
By the sixth inning the Tigers, behind homers from
No one before or since has ever been out of the majors for as long as Schreiber had and then returned to the game. He didn't have to wait long for his second and final appearance. He pitched one more inning on Sept. 8, 1945, again against the Tigers.
On September 26, 1908, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates were half a game behind the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the National League. Cub pitchers were exhausted as they prepared to face the Brooklyn Superbas (soon to be called the Dodgers) in a critical doubleheader at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field.
In 1926, Major League Baseball Rule 6.09 stated, "It is a ground-rule double instead of a home run if the ball is hit over the fence in fair territory if the fence is less than 250 feet from home plate."
In 1931, Rule 6.09 said, "A fair ball that bounces through or over a fence or into the stands is considered a ground-rule double instead of a home run."
When the Brooklyn Dodgers'
And no, Babe Ruth never hit one.
On August 27, 2000, the Philadelphia Phillies played the San Francisco Giants at home. In the bottom of the sixth inning,
Many players hit home runs in their first at-bat in the big leagues, many homer in their last at-bat, but the only player to do both was
"We hoped to make the deal by game time," Mets general manager
"I heard in the third inning that I was traded," Youngblood said. "I made plane reservations [with] minutes to spare. I had dinner in the plane and caught a cab here. It's funny, I left there in the third and got here in the third."
Not only did Youngblood have two hits for two different teams on the same day...both came off future Hall of Fame pitchers.
The only tripleheader in the modern era took place at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field (there were two tripleheaders in the nineteenth century). The Pirates hosted the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, October 2, 1920, for three very cold games. (The teams already had been scheduled to play a Saturday doubleheader; Sunday games were prohibited in Pittsburgh.)
In 1933, while sitting through a rainout, then-Chicago Cubs manager
"It was toward the end of the season. And we could gain third place from Cincinnati if we played all our games and we won them, and at that time the first three teams shared in World Series money. The only way we could fit them all in was if we played three in one day in Pittsburgh. Talk about the longest day in the year; that was the longest day of any year if you ask me.
The Reds won the first game 13-4, beating