2nd At Atlanta, Greg Maddux limits the Rockies to 4 hits, winning 10–1. One of the hits is by Andres Galarraga, and it comes on his 502nd trip to the plate, just qualifying him for the NL batting title at .370.
3rd The Mets score 5 in the 9th and beat the Marlins, 9-2. Dwight Gooden raises his batting average to .200 with a pinch single in the 9th, while journeyman Chico Walker ends his major league career with a 9th inning 2-out solo homer off the Marlins’ Matt Turner. Walker will resurface as a replacement player in 1995, but will be released by the Padres on March 30th. Chuck Carr has his 58th stolen base to lead the NL.
Tommy Glavine outpitches David Nied and the Braves defeat the Rockies, 5–3, thus becoming the first NL team this century to sweep a season series from another team. Atlanta won all 13 contests between the 2 clubs and has won 104 overall. The Giants just miss a one-game playoff, finishing with 103 wins.
The Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-1, in the final game at Arlington Stadium, before a crowd of 41,039. The Rangers will move into their new stadium next season.
Toronto’s Joe Carter connect twice for homers in the 8-run 2nd inning as the Jays beat the Orioles, 11-6. For the first time in 100 years, teammates finish 1-2-3 in the race for the league batting title. Toronto’s John Olerud wins the crown with an average of .363, followed by Paul Molitor at .332 and Roberto Alomar at .326. Alomar is 3-for-4 in the game with 5 RBIs.
Jason Bere (7 IP) wins his 12th as the White Sox shut out the Indians, 4-0, in the last game played at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. A crowd of 72,390 are on hand to see Mel Harder throw out the first pitch. Harder pitched the first game at the park on July 31, 1932, before a crowd of 80,184. Bob Hope, who once appeared on a 1963 cover of Sports Illustrated wearing an Indians uniform, makes an appearance and sings, “Thanks for the Memories.” The stadium will be razed 1996 to make way for a new home of the Cleveland Browns.
4th AL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Orioles to attorney Peter Angelos and his partners.
5th The Astros fire manager Art Howe. Former Astros star Bob Watson is named Houston’s GM, becoming the first black to hold that position in the major leagues.
The Blue Jays take Game 1 of the ALCS, defeating the White Sox by a score of 7-3. Paul Molitor and Ed Sprague each have 4 hits for the winners as Juan Guzman notches the win.
6th Toronto goes up 2-games-to-0 by beating Chicago, 3-1, in Game 2 of the ALCS behind Dave Stewart.
The Phillies take the opener of the NLCS, besting the Braves by a score of 4-3 in 10 innings. Kim Batiste’s single is the deciding hit.
The Cubs fire manager Jim Lefebvre.
7th The Braves even the NLCS at 1 game apiece by mauling the Phillies, 14-3, on 16 hits. The 14 runs are an LCS record. Terry Pendleton, Fred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, and Damon Berryhill each homer for Atlanta, as Greg Maddux cruises to the win. McGriff’s dinger is upper deck.
The New York office of consumer affairs files civil charges against Hall of Fame C Johnny Bench, for allegedly making misleading claims while on the Home Shopping Network. In December, Bench will pay $5,000 to settle the case.
8th Wilson Alvarez’s complete game 6-1 victory gives Chicago its first win in the ALCS.
9th The Braves go up a game in the NLCS with a 9-4 victory. Philadelphia’s John Kruk hits the game’s only HR and triple, but Tom Glavine gets the win.
The White Sox even the ALCS at 2 games apiece with a 7-4 win over Toronto. Lance Johnson homers and triples for Chicago, and Frank Thomas also clouts a 4-bagger. With his HR, Johnson becomes the first non-pitcher in history to hit a HR in ALCS play without having hit one any in the regular season.
10th The Phillies even the NLCS as Danny Jackson is victorious in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel with John Smoltz. Jackson also drives in the winning run with a 4th inning single.
Despite homers by Ellis Burks and Robin Ventura, the Blue Jays take Game 5 of the ALCS with a 5-3 win. Roberto Alomar strokes 3 hits to back Juan Guzman’s 2nd win of the series.
11th The Phillies notch their 2nd 4-3, 10-inning victory of the NLCS and take a 3-games-to-2 lead over the Braves. Lenny Dykstra’s homer off Mark Wohlers is the winning hit, while Darren Daulton also knocks a round-tripper. Exactly 7 years ago, Dykstra hit a 10th inning HR to beat the Astros in the NLCS.
12th Toronto captures the AL pennant with a 6-3 win in Game 6 of the ALCS,. Dave Stewart gets the win for the Blue Jays, giving him an 8-0 record in ALCS play. Devon White homers for Toronto.
13th The combined pitching of Tommy Greene and Mitch Williams give the Phillies a 6-3 win over the Braves and the NL pennant. Dave Hollins hits a 2-run homer for the winners, while Mickey Morandini and Darren Daulton also drive in 2 runs each. Curt Schilling is named the NLCS MVP despite no victories: he gave up just 3 earned runs and struck out 19 in 16 innings.
The Cubs name Tom Trebelhorn as manager, replacing Jim Lefebvre.
16th In the WS opener, the Blue Jays defeat the Phils, 8-5, behind HRs by Devon White and John Olerud. Al Leiter gets the win in relief. Olerud’s HR in the 6th breaks a 4–4 tie.
17th HRs by Jim Eisenreich, a 3 run blast, and Lenny Dykstra lead Philadelphia to a 6-4 win over Toronto to even the Series at a game apiece. Terry Mulholland records the win.
19th Following a 72-minute delay because of rain, the Blue Jays finally take the field against the Phillies and pound out a 10-3 victory in Game 3. Toronto’s 13 hits include a HR and triple by Paul Molitor. Pat Hentgen gets credit for the win.
20th In one of the wildest games in WS history, the Blue Jays come out on top in Game 4 with a 15-14 victory. Toronto’s 6-run rally in the 8th inning is capped by Devon White’s 2-run triple, while Lenny Dykstra hits a pair of homers for the losers. The 29 runs in the WS eclipses the 22 scored in a 1936 WS game.
21st In sharp contrast to Game 4, the pitchers are in control of Game 5 of the Series, with Curt Schilling holding Toronto to 5 hits in shutting them down by a count of 2-0. Kevin Stocker’s double in the 2nd inning proves to be decisive.
23rd In a dramatic finish, Joe Carter of the Blue Jays homers off of Mitch Williams with 2 men on base in the bottom of the 9th to give Toronto an 8-6 victory and the World Championship. Lenny Dykstra hits his 4th homer of the Series for the Phils. Paul Molitor is named the WS MVP.
Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of Lasorda’s on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300, collect 30 homers, and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.
25th The AL matches the NL by making Tim Salmon the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. The Angels outfielder hit .283 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.