1st Trailing the first-place Brewers in the AL East, the Orioles sweep a doubleheader with them 8–3 and 7–1 to cut their deficit to one game. 51,583 fans at Memorial Stadium cheer the O’s on.
Mets pitcher Terry Leach tosses a 10-inning one-hitter against the Phillies, finally winning 1–0 on Hubie Brooks’s sacrifice ﬂy. Luis Aguayo’s 5th-inning triple is the Phillies sole hit. It is the only extra inning one-hitter in Mets history.
Phil Niekro (17-4) tosses a 3-hitter and hits a homer as the Braves win over the Padres, 4-0. The Braves retain a one-game lead in the NL West over LA.
Rick Monday’s grand slam in the 8th off starter Fred Breining gives the Dodgers a 4-0 win over the Giants. Jerry Reuss allows 3 hits for his 18th win.
2nd The Angels clinch the AL West title with a 6–4 win over the Rangers.
Baltimore routs Milwaukee 11–3 to set up a winner-take-all showdown for the AL East title season finale. The O’s rapped 18 hits to turn a 3–3 tie into a route. Dave Stewart, in relief, wins his 10th of the year.
Houston hands the Reds their 100th loss of the season, 4–2, a first for the Cincy franchise. However, Reds P Mario Soto does set a better club record by striking out 9 batters to break Jim Maloney’s mark of 265.
Rookie Brian Denman of the Red Sox shuts out the Yankees, 5-0, in what will be his final ML appearance. He is the fifth pitcher in the century to fire a shutout in his last appearance.
At Candlestick, the Dodgers use 17 hits to club the Giants, 15-2, and stay a game behind the Braves in the NL West.
3rd Robin Yount smacks 2 home runs and a triple as Milwaukee whips Baltimore 10–2 to win the AL East championship. Don Sutton, 4-1 since being acquired by the Brewers in late August, is the winning pitcher. Milwaukee had lost 3 in a row to Baltimore before today’s pivotal victory. Despite Yount’s stellar game, he loses the AL batting title .332 to .331 to Kansas City’s Willie Wilson, who sat out the Royals’ final game.Yount ends the year with 114 RBI and joins teammates Cecil Cooper (121), Gorman Thomas (112), and Ben Oglivie (102) as only the 2nd foursome since 1940 to top the 100 RBI mark: The 1977 Bosox of Fisk, Rice, Hobson and Lynn were the others.Ted Simmons is just 3 short of 100 RBI or the Brewers would have joined the 1936 Yankees as the only squad with five 100-RBI hitters.
Atlanta loses 5–1 to San Diego, but clinches the NL West title anyway when San Francisco beats the 2nd-place Dodgers 5–3.
Veteran Joe Rudi hits a double and a 4th inning homer to pace to A’s to a 6–3 win at Kansas City, The homer comes in Rudi’s last at bat as he is replaced by Kelvin Moore.
St. Louis edges the Cubs, 5–4, in 14 innings after both clubs score in the 13th. Julio Gonzalez, who took over at 2B in the 3rd inning has 3 runs and 4 hits, including a game winning leadoff HR in the 14th off Ken Kravec. Cubs starter Doug Bird gets no decision but ends the year at 9–14, his first losing season after 9 none-losing,. This streak ties him with 7 post-war pitchers: Erskine Ford, Pappas, Seaver, Marichal, Clemens, Hershiser.
Expos manager Jim Fanning resigns following the club’s season-ending 6–1 win over the Pirates and will return to the club’s front office. His 102-87 record as manager is the best in club history.
5th Angels Don Baylor collects 5 RBI, tying an LCS record, as California takes game one 8–3 over Milwaukee. Tommy John picks up the win.
6th California goes 2 up on Milwaukee, helped by Reggie Jackson’s HR and Bruce Kison’s 5-hitter, winning 4–2.
7th After rain washed out a 1–0 Atlanta lead in the 5th inning of yesterday’s NLCS opener, St. Louis crushes the Braves 7–0. Bob Forsch fires a 3-hitter.
8th The pitching of veteran Don Sutton, and a 2-run home run by Paul Molitor, stave off elimination in the Brewers’ game against California.
9th The Brewers even the series, beating California 9–5. Reserve OF Mark Brouhard has 3 hits, 3 RBI, and scores 4 runs for the winners.
After losing another game to rain, the Braves Phil Niekro is able to start the 3rd game of the NLCS after only 2 days rest, but St. Louis wins 4–3.
10th St. Louis wins its first NL pennant since 1968 by defeating the Braves 6–2 to complete a 3-game sweep of the NLCS. Catcher Darrell Porter, who hit .556, is named series MVP.
In game 5 of the ALCS, the Brewers complete their comeback from a 2–0 deficit by edging the Angels 4–3 to earn their first-ever trip to the World Series. Angels OF Fred Lynn bats .611 for the series and is named MVP in a losing cause.
12th Paul Molitor goes 5-for-6 to become the first player ever to collect 5 hits in a World Series game, and teammate Robin Yount goes 4-for-6 as the Brewers rout the Cardinals 10–0 in game one.
13th St. Louis rallies to win, 5–4, and even the WS.
15th Willie McGee has 2 HRs to drive in 4 runs, and makes a great catch to save another run. Joaquin Andujar wins 6–2 despite having to leave the game after being hit by a line drive.
16th Four Cardinal pitchers are helpless to stop the Brewers from rallying to a 7–5 win after Dave LaPoint’s error in the 7th.
17th Robin Yount records his second 4-hit game of the Series to lead the Brewers to a 6–4 win in game 5 and give Milwaukee a 3-2 lead overall. Yount is the first player ever to have two 4-hit games in one World Series.
19th The Cards sit through 2 rain delays to easily win game 6 by a 13–1 score.
Rather than give him the contract extension he requested, A’s president Roy Eisenhardt fires manager Billy Martin, who led the club to a 68-94 record this season after winning the AL West in 1981.
20th St. Louis rallies for 3 runs in the 6th and Bruce Sutter saves the 7th game 6–3 win to give the Cards the World Championship.
22nd Despite having led his club to the AL West title, hard-luck Gene Mauch resigns as manager of the Angels. He will be replaced on November 2nd by John McNamara, who was fired in July as manager of the Reds.
26th Steve Carlton wins the NL Cy Young Award for the 4th time, a record unmatched by any pitcher. The Phils 37-year-old lefthander, who led the NL in wins (23), innings (2952⁄3), strikeouts (286), and shutouts (6), was a previous winner in 1972, 1977, and 1980. He joins Walter Johnson and Willie Mays as the only players to be voted MVP or Cy Young winner 10 or more years apart.