1969 October

2nd  Pete Rose is .0008 ahead of Clemente in the batting race in his final at bat today, A bunt single clinches it (.348) for his second straight batting title as the Reds down the Braves, 8–3, in Atlanta.

      The Pilots play what will be their last game in Seattle in a 3–1 loss to Oakland. A crowd of 5,473 fans show up to pay their respects.

      Eddie Kasko is named manager of the Red Sox.

4th  The first League Championship Series begin in Atlanta and Baltimore. New York survives HRs by Hank Aaron and Tony Gonzalez off Tom Seaver and scores 5 runs off Phil Niekro in the 8th to coast home, 9–5. Paul Blair’s 12th-inning squeeze bunt gives the Orioles a 4–3 win over Minnesota.

5th  In the NLCS, New York beats Atlanta 11–6. Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell, and Cleon Jones hit HRs for the Mets; Hank Aaron, for the Braves.

      Dave McNally’s 3-hitter for the O’s beats the Twins, 1–0, in 11 innings.  McNally outduels Dave Boswell, who is relieved in the 11th by Ron Perranoski. The reliever gives up the run-scoring single to PH Curt Motton.  Boswell, the 20-game winner for the Twins, hurts his shoulder in this marathon and never recovers. He will win just four more games.

6th  New York rallies twice and wins the first NL Championship Series. Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell, and Wayne Garrett hit HRs and fans swarm the Shea Stadium field after a 7–4 win.

      Baltimore wins the first ALCS as Paul Blair delivers 5 hits and Don Buford 4 in an 11–2 win at Minnesota.

7th  The Cards trade outfielders Curt Flood and Byron Browne, P Joe Hoerner, and C Tim McCarver to Philadelphia for 1B Richie Allen, 2B Cookie Rojas, and P Jerry Johnson.

8th  Dave Bristol is fired as manager of the Reds, and Joe Gordon resigns as manager of the Royals. Charlie Metro replaces Gordon.

9th  Sparky Anderson accepts the job as manager of the Reds.

      Danny Murtaugh signs on for a 3rd term as manager of the Pirates.

10th  In his final season, P Masaichi Kaneda of the Yomiuri Giants gets his 400th lifetime win, against 250 losses. During a 20-year career (1950–69), he won 30 games twice and 20 games 14 times. He also holds the Japanese record for strikeouts (4,490), averaging 225 a season, while giving up only 1,809 walks.

      Yutaka Enatsu of the Hanshin Tigers strikes out his 401st batter of the season. This puts him 3rd on the all-time list after Matt Kilroy with 513 in 1886 and Old Hoss Radbourn with 441 in 1884.

11th  Don Buford’s leadoff HR starts a 4–1 Baltimore win over New York to open the WS. Mike Cuellar bests Tom Seaver.

12th  New York’s Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor combine on a 2-hitter, as Al Weis’s 9th-inning single off loser Dave McNally gives the Mets a 2–1 win to even the WS.

13th  Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of the pennant-winning Twins.

14th  Tommie Agee and Ed Kranepool hit homers; Agee makes 2 brilliant catches in CF, and New York wins WS game 3, 5–0 over Baltimore.

15th  A memorable WS game pits Tom Seaver against Mike Cuellar. RF Ron Swoboda’s questionable dive at Brooks Robinson’s sinking liner with runners at 1B and 3B in the 9th inning results in a brilliant catch, even though Frank Robinson tags and scores the tying run. In the 10th, Mets PH J. C. Martin, running illegally inside the 1B line after a bunt, is hit on the wrist by P Pete Richert’s errant throw, enabling pinch runner Rod Gaspar to score from second as the Mets win 2–1. The game is enlivened by Earl Weaver getting thrown out after protesting ball and strike calls by Shag Crawford.  Earl is the 3rd manager to leave early in a WS, but the first since 1935.

16th  In game 5 Cleon Jones, awarded 1B when shoe polish on the ball proves he was hit by a pitch, scores on Donn Clendenon’s HR. Al Weis’s HR an inning later ties the game. Ron Swoboda’s double and 2 Baltimore errors in the 8th give New York a 5–3 win and the Series. Jerry Koosman completes the Mets amazin’ achievement with a 5-hitter.

21st  Pittsburgh acquires P Dave Giusti and C Dave Ricketts from St. Louis for 1B/OF Carl Taylor and OF Frank Vanzin.

22nd  Bill Rigney is the new manager of the Twins.

24th  The New York City Human Rights Division hears arguments on the Bernice Gera case. Gera was rejected by the National Association of Baseball Leagues as the first female umpire. The NABL says she did not meet height, weight, and age standards.

29th  Tom Seaver is voted the NL Cy Young Award.

      The Phillies again sign Jim Bunning, who was released by the Dodgers. The veteran will win 10 games for the Phillies in 1970.