1986 October

1st Oakland clubs Texas, 9-7, using three-run homers from Jerry Willard and Terry Steinbach and a solo homer from Dave Kingman. For Kingman, it is his 35th and last ML homer, the most ever in the 20thcentury by a player in his final season.

      At Atlanta, the Reds, down 4-3, put 2 runners on in the 7th with Dave Parker at bat. The Braves replace pitcher Paul Dedmon, sending him to LF, and bring in Paul Assenmacher, who gives up an RBI single. Dedmon then returns to get out Eric Davis. In the 9th, Barry Larkin singles, steals 2B, and scores on a single. The Reds win, 6-5.

2nd  Don Mattingly sets a Yankees record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6–1 win over the Red Sox, eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.

      Mike Scott strikes out 8 Giants in a 2–1 Astros victory to run his season total to 306, joining Sandy Koufax and J. R. Richard as the only NL pitchers to fan 300 batters in one season. Scott loses his bid for a 2nd consecutive no-hitter when Will Clark doubles in the 7th inning.

      The Kansas City Royals claim Jim Eisenreich off the waiver list. He’s been out of organized baseball for the past 2 seasons because of Tourette’s Syndrome after appearing in 46 games with the Twins in 1982-84.

3rd  Baltimore loses to Detroit 6–3, assuring the Orioles of their first last-place finish since moving from St. Louis in 1954.

      At the Metrodome, the Twins hit 3 homers, including a grand slam by Steve Lombardozzi, to beat the White Sox, 9-2. Mike Smithson wins his 13th.

4th  On the next-to-last day of the season, Dave Righetti saves both ends of the Yankees doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox to give him a ML-record 46 saves. Bruce Sutter and Dan Quisenberry had shared the record with 45.

      At the Metrodome, the Twins Greg Gagne lines a 2nd inning inside-the-park homer off Chicago’s Floyd Bannister. In his next at bat, there are two runners on when he repeats, again off Bannister, to tie the AL record. Gagne almost sets a 20th-century record with a third IPHR, but settles for a triple as the Twins win. 7–3.

      At Riverfront, the Reds hit 3 homers in subduing the Padres, 10-7.  Dave Parker, Eric Davis and Tony Perez homer for the Reds, while Kevin McReynolds hits a grand slam for the Pads. For Perez, it is his second homer of the year, the 379th of his career, and the last roundtripper of his distinguished career.

      Fernando Valenzuela wins his 21stas the Dodgers edge the Giants, 2-1. For Valenzuela, it is his 20thcomplete game of the season: he is the last pitcher to complete 20 games.

      Playing for the Indians, Forty-seven-year old Phil Niekro “steals” the first base of his career.  With the Tribe at bat in the 8th inning, and behind 5–2 against Seattle, there is a runner on 1B when Niekro, wearing a red bandanna over his face, lumbers out of the Cleveland dugout. He rambles towards 2B, diving in headfirst, and ump Vic Voltaggio signals safe. To the delight of the fans, “Knucks” rips the bag out of the ground and triumphantly returns to the dugout with his first steal.

5th  At Oakland Curt Young has a near perfect game, allowing just Kevin Seitzer’s 2-out single in the 7th. He is Kansas City’s only baserunner as Young beats Bret Saberhagen, 6–0.

      Mike Krukow wins his 20th as the Giants score 6 runs in the 7th and 4 more in the next two frames to beat the host Dodgers, 11-2. Candy Maldonado has a grand slam in the 7th off Orel Hershiser (14-14) and adds a second homer in the 9th to drive in 6 runs.  It is Candy’s second slam of the year as he finishes with 85 RBIs.

      Ron Darling (15-6) and Sid Fernandez combine to shut out the Pirates, 9-0. Ray Knight hits a 2-run homer, Gary Carter chips in a 3-run shot and Darryl Strawberry hits a grand slam to account for the scoring.  The Mets (108-54) finish 21.5 games ahead of the Phils in the NL East. 

      The Reds manage just 3 hits off Andy Hawkins (8 IP) as they lose to the Padres, 2-1. Eddie Milner drives in the only Cincy run, but he is held hitless, snapping his consecutive hitting streak of 20 games.

6th  The Orioles announce that 3B coach Cal Ripken, Sr., father of star SS Cal Ripken, Jr., will manage the club in 1987.

7th  In the ALCS opener, California behind Mike Witt downs Boston’s 20-game winner Roger Clemens 8–1.

8th  Houston takes a 1–0 lead over the Mets in the NLCS as Mike Scott ties the NLCS record with 14 strikeouts. Glenn Davis’ 2nd-inning solo HR off Dwight Gooden is the game’s only run.

      Angel errors and a lost fly ball in the late-afternoon sun hand the Red Sox a 9–2 victory in game 2.

9th  The Mets Bob Ojeda goes the distance even though giving up 10 hits, as New York wins 5–1.

10th  The Angels score 5 runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to down the Red Sox 5–3.

      The Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to manage the club next season.

11th  Trailing 3–0 entering the bottom of the 9th inning, California rallies for 3 runs off Roger Clemens and Calvin Schiraldi, and goes on to defeat the Red Sox 4–3 in 11 innings to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS.

      Len Dykstra’s 2-run home run off Dave Smith with one out in the bottom of the 9th gives the Mets a 6–5 win over the Astros and a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.

12th  One loss away from elimination and trailing 5–2 entering the 9th, the Red Sox stage one of the most improbable comebacks in post-season history winning 7–6 over the Angels in 11 innings. After Don Baylor’s 9th-inning home run reduces the deficit to 5–4, reserve outfielder Dave Henderson slugs a 2-out, 2-run home run off Donnie Moore to give Boston a 6–5 lead. California ties the score with a run in the bottom of the 9th but Henderson, who had appeared to be the goat when he dropped Bobby Grich’s long fly ball over the fence for a home run in the 7th inning, delivers a sacrificefly in the 11th for the winning run.

      Mike Scott baffles the Mets for a 2nd time, yielding only 3 hits in a 3–1 Astros victory. The Mets collect several balls thrown by Scott in an effort to prove he was scuffing the ball. No decision.

      Norm Cash, 1961 AL batting champion, drowns in Lake Michigan, a victim of a boating accident. He was 51.

13th  The International Olympic Committee announces that baseball will become a full medal sport at the 1992 Summer Games.

14th  Boston scores 5 in the 3rd to beat California 10–4. The ALCS series is now tied at 3 apiece.

      Breaking out of a 1-for-21 slump, Mets C Gary Carter drives in the winning run of the Mets 2–1 win in the bottom of the 12th, rendering meaningless Nolan Ryan’s 9 innings of 2-hit, 12-strikeout pitching.

15th  In the longest game in post-season history, the Mets beat the Astros 7–6 in 16 innings to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1973. New York scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to force extra innings. The Mets score 3 more runs in the top of the 16th and Houston answers with 2 of its own before Jesse Orosco fans Kevin Bass to end the game.

      Boston routs California 8–1 in the 7th game of the ALCS and advances to the World Series. The game caps yet another heartbreaking failure for Angels skipper Gene Mauch, who in game 5 was one strike away from reaching his first World Series in 25 seasons as a ML manager. After the game, veteran 2B Bobby Grich retires.

18th  Boston wins game one of the World Series 1–0 when Tim Teufel botches Rich Gedman’s routine grounder in the 7th inning, allowing Jim Rice to score the game’s only run. Bruce Hurst and Calvin Schiraldi combine on a 4-hitter for the Red Sox.

19th  In game two of the WS, Boston has 18 hits against Doc Gooden and 4 relievers to give the Red Sox a 9–3 win.

21st  Len Dykstra’s leadoff HR helps Bob Ojeda beat his old team 7–1 to give the Mets their first win. The Sox now lead in the WS, 2–1.

22nd  Gary Carter hits 2 home runs to lead the Mets to a 6–2 win at Fenway Park and even the Series at 2-2.

23rd  Mets ace Dwight Gooden loses again as Bruce Hurst gives up 10 hits but wins 4–2 for Boston.

24th  Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement. He was the last member of the Dodgers Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield and is 2nd on the club’s all-time games-played list with 2,183.

25th  Trailing 5–3 with 2 out and no one on base in the bottom of the 10th inning, New York rallies to win game 6 of the World Series 6–5 and force a deciding 7th game. After Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, and Ray Knight single, Bob Stanley uncorks a wild pitch that permits the tying run to score, and a hobbled Bill Buckner lets Mookie Wilson’s slow bouncer skip through his legs, allowing Knight to score the winning run. Reliever Calvin Schiraldi absorbs the loss.

27th  The Mets win game 7 of the World Series 8–5 at Shea Stadium. 3B Ray Knight, whose leadoff home run off Calvin Schiraldi in the 7th inning, triggers a 3-run rally, is named MVP. Schiraldi is pinned with his 2nd straight loss, the only pitcher ever to lose games 6 and 7.

28th  Former Phillies SS Larry Bowa is named manager of the Padres, replacing Steve Boros.

29th  Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for possession of illegal drugs, the 3rd time he has been arrested on drug charges. He will be sentenced to 45 days in jail on December 16th.

30th  San Diego trades C Terry Kennedy and minor leaguer Mark Williamson to the Orioles for P Storm Davis.