1954 October

1st  Dusty Rhodes gets his 3rd pinch hit of the WS, driving in 2 runs in the 3rd. He is hitting for OF Monte Irvin, who ironically had 11 hits in the 1951 Series. The Giants’ Ruben Gomez easily bests Indians P Mike Garcia, 6–2.

2nd  In game 4 the Giants sweep the AL team with the best record in history, as they score 4 runs in the 5th to take a 7–0 lead. The final is 7–4 as Don Liddle defeats Bob Lemon.

12th The AL owners today approve the shift of the Athletic franchise to Kansas City. Roy and Earl Mack now five days to sell the team to Arnold Johnson. Johnson’s bid for the franchise is $3,375,000 for the team and stadium, which he said he will sell to the Phillies for $1,675,000. One of the offers for the team is from a wealthy Texas group that proposes to move the A’s to Los Angeles.

The Pirates release 36-year-old Eddie Pellagrini. The Boston native will move on to coach baseball at Boston College for 31 years, retiring in 1988. The college will rename the ball park in his honor.

14th  The Phils name Mayo Smith to succeed interim manager Terry Moore as their manager for 1955.

20th  Shoichi Kaneda of the Tokyo Swallows strikes out his 350th batter, surpassing the American season record of 348, set by Bob Feller in 1948. Kaneda already holds the single-game strikeout record in Japan with 15 in 1952 and 1954 and will go on to hold almost every Japanese pitching record before retiring in 1969.

28th  Despite a last-minute plea by Connie Mack, the ML owners vote down the sale of the Athletics to a Philadelphia syndicate. The A’s, plagued by debt—even their 1954 team uniforms have not been paid for—have little choice as the Philadelphia group, in Mrs. Mack’s words “dilly-dallied.” A week later, Arnold Johnson buys a controlling interest in the Athletics from the Mack family for $3.5 million and moves the team to Kansas City.