1989 October

st  Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett and San Diego’s Tony Gwynn each win batting titles on the final day of the regular season. In a 3–1 loss to Seattle, Puckett goes 2-for-5, both doubles. to edge Carney Lansford .339 to .336. Seattle’s Harold Reynolds ends the year at .300, and sets a ML record with no homers in 613 at bats. Eric Hanson (9-5) is the winner. Tony Gwynn, meanwhile, is 3-for-4 to beat Will Clark .336 to .333. Clark goes 1-for-4 as the Giants lose, 30, to the Padres Greg Harris.

     In Montreal, the Cards and Expos each collect 17 hits as the Expos prevail, 15-9.  Tim Raines rocks a grand slam and drives in 5, while Milt Thompson has a pair of homers for the Birds.  Pitcher Bryn Smith hits a 2-run homer and Bernard Gilkey adds his first ML homer for the Cards.

3rd  Oakland’s Dave Stewart wins the ALCS opener 7–3 over Toronto.

4th  Will Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 home runs, including the first NLCS grand slam since 1977, to lead the Giants to a 11–3 win over the Cubs in game one of the NL playoffs. Clark’s 6 RBIs tie Bobby Richardson’s single-game post-season record set in the 1960 World Series. Clark also scores 4 runs.

      Rickey Henderson swipes 4 bases as Oakland beats Toronto again 6–3.

5th  The Cubs even the NLCS with 6 runs in the first inning. Jerome Walton has 2 hits in the outburst. Chicago wins, 9–5.

6th  Back at home Toronto wins its first ALCS game 7–3.

7th  Robby Thompson’s 2-run HR gives the Giants the 5–4 victory in game 3.

      Two Rickey Henderson HRs and a Jose Canseco upper deck HR give Oakland a 6–5 win over the Blue Jays.

8th  Oakland beats Toronto 4–3 to win the ALCS 4-1 and advance to the World Series for the 2nd straight year. Rickey Henderson, who hit .400 with 8 stolen bases, is named series MVP.

      Matt Williams snaps a 4–4 tie with a 5th-inning HR, and the Giants hold on to win 5–4.

9th  The Giants win their first NL pennant since 1962 by defeating the Cubs 3–2 in game 5 of the NLCS. Will Clark bats .650 in the series with 8 RBI to win MVP honors.

13th  Bob Quinn resigns as GM of the Yankees to accept the same position with the Cincinnati Reds.

14th  Dave Stewart shuts out the Giants, 5–0, on 5 hits in game 1 of the World Series. He is the first pitcher to start consecutive WS openers since the Reds Don Gullett in 1975 and ’76.

15th  Terry Steinbach’s 3-run HR is the big blow as Oakland wins, 5–1.

17th  Game 3 of the World Series is postponed when an earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay area a half hour before game time, causing minor damage to Candlestick Park but major damage to the surrounding area. The quake registers 7.1 in magnitude, killing 67 people and does $7 billion in damage.

27th  After a 10-day earthquake delay, the rumbling continues as Oakland hits 5 HRs in a 13–7 World Series win. The A’s lead 3-0 in wins.

28th  The A’s take an 8–0 and beat the Giants 9–6 to complete a 4-game sweep of the World Series, the first WS sweep since 1976. Oakland’s Dave Stewart, who won 2 games, is named MVP.