1977 October

1st  The Yankees clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Orioles 8–7.

2nd  Dusty Baker homers in his final at bat of the season during a 6–3 loss to the Astros. It is Baker’s 30th HR of the year, enabling him to join teammates Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), and Cey (30) in making the Dodgers the first team ever to boast four 30-HR hitters in one season.  When he crosses the plate he is greeted by on-deck batter Glenn Burke, who raises his hands and Baker matches him, allegedly the first high five in history.

At Veteran’s Stadium, Todd Christenson (19-6) warms up for the post-season by allowing 2 runs in 7 innings as the Phils down the Expos, 5-3. Gary Carter has 2 hits, half the Expos total, including a HR. Tom Hutton comes in as a pinch hitter and goes 2-for-3 with a walk for the Phils, bringing his total at bats for the year to 81 in 107 games.  No one will have more games with fewer ABs.

4th  The Phillies score twice in the 9th inning on singles by Bake McBride, Larry Bowa, and Mike Schmidt off Elias Sosa, to beat the Dodgers 7–5 in the opening game of the NL Championship Series. Ron Cey blasts a potion-tainted grand slam for Los Angeles in the 7th, off Steve Carlton, and Greg Luzinski homers for the Phils. Cey’s wife appealed for help during the season when Cey had a hitless streak of 31 at bats, and Ruth Revsen, a self-described witch, responded with a foul-smelling potion. When asked if the potion helped, Cey responded, “I don’t want to say it was, but I can’t say that it wasn’t either,”

5th  In game 2 of the NLCS,  Dusty Baker’s grand slam, off Jim Lonborg, leads the Dodgers to a 7–1 win over the Phillies as Don Sutton goes the distance for LA.  Bake McBride’s homer in the 3rd is the only score for Philley.

In the opener of the AL Series, homers by Hal McRae, John Mayberry, and Al Cowens lead the Royals to a 7–2 triumph over the Yankees.

6th  Ron Guidry’s 3-hitter gives the Yanks a series-evening 6–2 win over the Royals. Paul Splittorff works into the 9th for the win.

7th  Down 5–3 with 2 outs in the 9th inning, the Dodgers catch lightning in a bottle. Pinch hitter Vic Davalillo beats out a 2-strike drag bunt and pinch hitter Manny Mota follows with a long double off Luzinski’s glove. Mota reaches 3rd on a throw that Ted Sizemore mishandles. Lopes’ grounder hits a seam in the carpet and caroms off Schmidt’s knee to Larry Bowa, and the shortstop’s throw is ruled late. Los Angeles pulls out a 6–5 victory.

Kansas City earns a 6–2 win over New York as Hal McRae doubles and scores twice and Dennis Leonard hurls a 4-hitter.

8th  Mickey Rivers collects 4 hits as the Yankees even the ALCS, beat the Royals, 6–4. Sparky Lyle contributes with 52⁄3scoreless relief innings.

The Dodgers clinch the NL flag with a 4–1 win in front of an LCS-record crowd of 64,924 at Philadelphia. Dusty Baker, the playoff’s MVP, hits a 2-run homer and scores twice as Tommy John allows 7 hits in 9 innings of work.

9th  For the 2nd year in succession, the Yanks score in the 9th inning of the 5th game to beat the Royals in the LCS. Mickey Rivers gets the game-winning hit. The final score is New York 5, Kansas City 3.

11th  The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4–3 in 12 innings as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on a single by Paul Blair.

12th  Homers by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Reggie Smith, and Steve Garvey lead the Dodgers to a 6–1 win in game 2 of the WS. Burt Hooton goes the distance, allowing just 5 hits.

14th  Mike Torrez is the winning pitcher as New York prevails in game 3, 5–3. Mickey Rivers slugs 3 hits, including 2 doubles.

15th  The Yankees win 4–2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Jackson doubles and homers, and Guidry notches a 4-hitter, striking out 7.

16th  LA stays alive with a 10–4 victory in game 5. Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game.

18th  Reggie Jackson becomes “Mr. October.” Three homers in 3 swings lead the Yankees to an 8–4, Series-clinching victory.

24th  The Braves fire manager Dave Bristol, replacing him with Bobby Cox.

25th  The Cards get Frank Riccelli from the Giants. To complete the deal, St. Louis will sell Jim Dwyer, who led the American Association in hitting and runs in 1977, to the Giants on June 15, 1978.

26th  Sparky Lyle becomes the first AL reliever to win the Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72 appearances, posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.

31stThe Reds trade pitchers Woody Fryman and Bill Caudill to the Cubs for P Bill Bonham.