1979 October

2nd  In the opening game of the NL Championship Series, Willie Stargell hits a 3-run HR in the 11th inning to give the Pirates a 5–2 victory over the Reds.

3rd  John Lowenstein’s 3-run HR in the bottom of the 10th inning gives the Orioles a 6–3 win over the Angels in the first game of the ALCS.

The Pirates win in the 10th inning 3–2 as Omar Moreno and Dave Parker smack singles that snap a 2–2 tie.

4th  Baltimore takes a 9–1 lead in the LCS game, but the Angels score 7 runs in the last 4 innings only to fall short 9–8. Eddie Murray drives in 4 runs for the Orioles.

Future MLB speedster Vince Coleman kicks a 34-yard field goal to seal a 16-13 victory for Florida A&M over the 26th-ranked Miami Hurricanes (noted by Jan Finkel).

5th  The Pirates complete a sweep of the LCS, beating the Reds 7–1. Stargell hits another HR and is named series MVP.

The Angels score 2 in the bottom of the 9th inning of the AL game to avert elimination 4–3. Larry Harlow doubles in the winning run.

6th  Scott McGregor’s 8–0 shutout gives the Orioles the AL pennant. Pat Kelly notches 3 RBI with a HR and a single.

10th  The Orioles score 5 times in the first inning of the WS, hanging on to defeat the Pirates 5–4 in game 1. Dave Parker has 4 hits for the losers.

11th  Manny Sanguillen’s pinch-hit, 2-out single in the 9th scores Ed Ott and breaks a 2–2 tie as the Pirates win 3–2 and even the Series at one game apiece.

12th  Kiko Garcia collects 4 hits and 4 RBI to lead the Orioles to an 8–4 triumph in game 3.

13th  Baltimore scores 6 runs in the 8th inning en route to a 9–6 win, taking a 3-games-to-one advantage. Pinch-hit doubles by John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley drive in 4 runs.

14th  Bill Madlock has 4 hits and Tim Foli drives in 3 runs as the Pirates stay alive with a 7–1 victory.

16th  John Candelaria and Kent Tekulve combine on a 4–0 shutout in Baltimore as the Pirates send the WS to its 7th game. Omar Moreno notches 3 singles.

17th  In game 7, Stargell’s third WS homer propels Pittsburgh to its third straight win, 4–1, and the World Championship. Pops is named Series MVP. Pittsburgh is the last team this century to win WS games 6 and 7 on the road. President Jimmy Carter, who did not throw out the ceremonial pitch before the game (Milton Eisenhower did), presents the WS Trophy to the Pirates in their locker room. It is the only ML game that Carter attends while President.

23rd  Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.

26th  Commissioner Kuhn notifies Hall of Famer Willie Mays that if he accepts a position with Bally Manufacturing Corporation, owner of several gambling casinos, he must disassociate himself from ML baseball. Mays, a part-time coach and goodwill ambassador for the Mets, will relinquish his duties upon accepting Bally’s job offer on October 29th.

28th  George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin is fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Dick Howser is named to replace him.

31st  Mike Flanagan, who posted a 23-9 record for the Orioles, is named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over the Yankees Tommy John.

The Mets trade vet Richie Hebner, acquired in April, to the Tigers for 3B Phil Mankowski and OF Jerry Morales. Mets GM John McDonald, quoted in the NY Times, said, “He just wasn’t happy here. That was the picture he painted when we got him last spring. I thought in that time he would overcome the feeling, but he didn’t. He has a big hangup on traffic and congestion. He never demanded to be traded, but he and his agent knew that we would make a deal, and they trusted us.”