1988 October

st  Boston’s Jeff Sellers no-hits the Indians for 713innings before Luis Medina homers and Cleveland goes on to win 1–0. John Farrell wins his 14th for Cleveland.

      Rafael Palmiero has 2 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Cubs outslug the Pirates to win, 9-7. Vance Law adds a 3-run homer for Chicago.

2nd  Minnesota’s season-ending 3–2 win over the Angels is watched by 35,952 fans, making the Twins the first AL club ever to break 3 million in season attendance.

      In Cleveland, Boston’s Wade Boggs collects his 200th hit for the 6th straight season.  Wade’s mark breaks the record of 5 he shared with Chuck Klein (1929-33) and Charlie Gehringer (1933-37).

      Keith Brown pitches 7 innings and the Reds shut out the Braves, 1-0. Barry Larkin has a single in the 1st inning, then leaves for a pinch runner and finishing the season with a 20-game hitting streak. He’ll go hitless in his third game next season.

3rd  After 2 disappointing seasons in Philadelphia, C Lance Parrish is traded to California for a minor leaguer.

      Astros manager Hal Lanier is fired after leading the club to an 82-80 record.

      Cardinals coach Nick Leyva becomes the Phillies 3rd manager in 3 years, replacing Lee Elia, who was fired in September.

4th  Dwight Gooden and Orel Hershiser start but neither get the decision. New York rallies for three 9th-inning runs to win the opening NLCS game over the Dodgers 3–2.

      After a three-year run, the Pirates fire GM Syd Thrift.

5th  Tim Belcher strikes outs 10 Mets to give the Dodgers a 6–3 win in game 2.

Oakland wins the ALCS opener 2–1 over Boston.

6th  Jose Canseco’s 2-run HR in the 7th ties the game and Oakland goes on to win 4–3.

7th  Lou Piniella is fired as manager of the Yankees for the 2nd time, and Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of the White Sox. Dallas Green replaces Piniella, while Yankee coach Jeff Torborg will eventually replace Fregosi on November 3rd.

8th  Dodgers ace reliever Jay Howell is ejected in the 8th inning of game 3 of the NLCS for having pine tar on his glove, and the Mets go on to score 5 times in the inning on the way to an 8–4 win. Howell will be suspended for 3 games by the NL, but it will be reduced to two games on appeal.

      Down 5–0, Oakland cracks 4 HRs to beat Boston 10–6 for their 3rd win.

9th  Oakland beats Boston 4–1 to complete a 4-game sweep of the ALCS. Dennis Eckersley saves all 4 games and is named series MVP.

      Mike Scioscia’s 9th-inning 2-run HR ties the game, and Kirk Gibson’s game-winner in the 12th gives the Dodgers a 5-4 win.

10th  The Dodgers take a 6–0 lead and hold on to beat the Mets, 7–4.

11th  David Cone’s 5-hitter evens the NLCS at 3 apiece. New York wins 5–1.

12th  Series MVP Orel Hershiser shuts out New York on 5 hits to win game 7 of the NLCS 6–0 and put the Dodgers into the World Series for the first time since 1981.

15th  In one of the most improbable finishes in World Series history, pinch hitter Kirk Gibson hits a 2-run home run off Dennis Eckersley with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Dodgers a 5–4 win in game one. The injured Gibson was not expected to play in the NLCS, and will not play again in the Series. It is the first World Series game to end on a home run since game 6 in 1975.

16th  Orel Hershiser gives up 3 hits and hits 3 himself to beat Oakland 6–0.

18th  Mark McGwire’s home run off Jay Howell in the bottom of the 9th gives Oakland a 2–1 win in game 3 of the World Series.

19th  The Dodgers win 4–3, taking advantage of Oakland errors to beat Dave Stewart.

20th  Series MVP Orel Hershiser ends his dream season with a 5–2 four-hitter over the A’s in game 5 of the World Series. Mickey Hatcher starts the Dodger scoring with a 2-run HR in the 1st off Storm Davis, Hatcher’s 2nd HR of the Series. The win gives the Dodgers their first World Championship since 1981. Los Angeles is the only team to win more than one World Series in the 1980s.

24th  Less than a year after signing him as a free agent, the Yankees trade 1B-DH Jack Clark to the Padres with P Pat Clements for pitchers Lance McCullers, Jimmy Jones, and OF Stan Jefferson.

      The Phillies trade P Shane Rawley to Minnesota for 2B Tom Herr, OF Eric Bullock, and C Tom Nieto.

28th  The Tigers trade P Walt Terrell to San Diego for versatile Keith Moreland and 3B Chris Brown.