Originally created 10/04/04

This Date In Baseball



Oct. 4

1906 - The Chicago Cubs won their 116th game of 152 played for a winning percentage (.763) since unmatched. The Cubs were 60-15 on the road for an.800 winning percentage.

1925 - Two managers, both famous hitters, pitched against each other in the season finale. Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers threw one perfect inning and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns worked two scoreless innings in Detroit's 11-6 victory.

1948 - The Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 in a one-game AL playoff. The pitching of Gene Bearden and the hitting of Lou Boudreau were chiefly responsible for the championship victory.

1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series with Johnny Podres blanking the Yankees 2-0.

1964 - The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL pennant with an 11-5 triumph over the New York Mets to end the closest pennant race in NL history.

1969 - The major leagues staged opening games of their first divisional championships. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 9-5, and the Baltimore Orioles edged the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings.

1987 - The Detroit Tigers took advantage of one of the great collapses in baseball history to win the AL East title, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 behind the six-hit pitching of Frank Tanana. The Blue Jays lost their last seven games of the season, including three straight in the season-ending series in Detroit.

1999 - The New York Mets, behind the pitching of Al Leiter, clinched the last remaining postseason berth by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card.

2001 - Texas' Alex Rodriguez hit his 52nd homer in a 16-1 loss at Seattle to become the fourth player with 50 home runs and 200 hits in the same season, joining Babe Ruth (1921), Hack Wilson (1930) and Jimmie Foxx (1932).

Today's birthdays: Kyle Lohse, 26; Adam Riggs, 32; Mark McLemore, 40.