1966 October

1st  Behind Juan Marichal and Bob Bolin, the Giants sweep in Pittsburgh 5–4 and 2–0 to move into 2nd place two games behind the idle Dodgers. The double loss eliminates the Pirates who finish 3rd.

2nd  With the Pirates ahead of the Giants by 2 runs at the end of 8 innings, ex-Buc Ozzie Virgil ties the score with his last major league hit, a pinch single. The Giants bullpen holds and Willie McCovey’s monster (estimated at 500 feet) pinch homer in the 11th wins it, 7–4. The Giants use every player except Gaylord Perry, held out in case he is needed to pitch against the Reds. With the Dodgers winning, the Giants finish 1 1⁄2 behind, and a San Francisco rainout will not need to be rescheduled. Matty Alou of the Pirates ends the season with a .342 average to lead the NL, but drives in just 27 runs.  This is a record low for a batting leader.

      Sandy Koufax clinches the 3rd Los Angeles pennant in 4 years, working with just 2 days rest for a 6–3 win at Philadelphia. Koufax sets Los Angeles records with 27 wins and a 1.73 ERA. Philadelphia wins the first game, beating reliever Don Drysdale, behind Christ Short’s 20th victory, 4–3.  Short is the first Philley lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916. The Dodgers go 6-6 in their last 12 games to gasp into the NL title. Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen and Sutton combine for 154 starts: Moller adds 8.  The Dodgers are the first team since the 1904 Red Sox to go through a season using just 5 starters. Seattle will do it in 2003.

      Cards rookie Jim Cosman makes his first ML appearance, shutting out the Cubs, 2–0. St. Louis OF Curt Flood concludes the season with his 159th consecutive errorless game, the most by an NL outfielder in one campaign. Flood handled 396 chances without a miscue.

3rd  Mayo Smith signs a 2-year contract to manage the Tigers.

      Former Indian Joe Adcock will retire from active play and become manager of the Tribe.

5th  With first-inning HRs by Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson and 11 strikeouts from relief P Moe Drabowsky, the Orioles win game one of the WS, 5–2. Drabowsky breaks the relief record of Jesse Barnes set in the 1921 WS of 10 strikeouts. He also ties the mark of Reds starting pitcher Hod Eller (1919) with 6 consecutive strikeouts. Jim Barbieri strikes out as a Dodger pinch hitter, making him the first player to appear in a Little League World Series and a ML World Series. He appeared in the 1954 Little League series.

6th  Los Angeles OF Willie Davis commits 3 errors on two successive 5th-inning plays, as Baltimore scores 3 runs and wins 6–0.

8th  In game 3, Paul Blair’s HR and Wally Bunker’s 6-hit pitching give the Orioles a 1–0 win, as the WS moves to Baltimore.

9th  Dave McNally wraps up Baltimore’s brilliant pitching display, and a World Championship, with a 4-hit, 1–0 win. Frank Robinson’s HR off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore are a WS record.

12th  The White Sox send sore-armed Juan Pizarro to the Pirates for knuckleballer Wilbur Wood, who spent the 1966 season with Columbus (International).

13th  Lee MacPhail is named GM of the Yankees.

17th  Bob Swift, 51, dies at Detroit, losing a bout with cancer. He is the 2nd Tigers manager to pass away this year.

18th  Youth movement. The Angels release vets Frank Malzone, Jim Piersall and Joe Adcock.