1996 October

1st In the opening game of the NL Division Series, the Cardinals defeat the Padres 3-1. Todd Stottlemyre gets the win for St. Louis.

The Rangers top the Yankees, 6-2, in the 1st game of their AL Division Series. Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer homer to back the pitching of John Burkett. David Cone takes the loss.

The Orioles defeat the Indians, 10-4, in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Bobby Bonilla hits a grand slam in the game, which was delayed for 17 minutes due to a threatened umpire boycott in protest to handling of the Roberto Alomar situation.

2nd The Braves edge the Dodgers, 2-1 in 10 innings, in the opener of their NL Division Series. Javy Lopez’s HR is the deciding hit, as John Smoltz goes 9 innings for the win.

The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 5-4, in 12 innings, to even their series at a game apiece. The winning run scores from 2B on a throwing error by 3B Dean Palmer on a routine bunt.

The Orioles win their 2nd in a row against the Indians, 7-4. The winning tally scores on a throwing error by C Sandy Alomar.

3rd St. Louis takes a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Padres with a 5-4 victory.

The Braves win another pitchers’ duel with the Dodgers, defeating LA by a score of 3-2 on solo homers by Fred McGriff, Ryan Klesko, and Jermaine Dye.

The Pirates name Gene Lamont to replace Jim Leyland as manager.

4th Indians OF Albert Belle’s grand slam leads Cleveland to a 9-4 win over the Orioles in Game 3 of their series.

The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning to defeat the Rangers, 2-1, despite Juan Gonzalez’s 4th HR of the series. NY takes a 2-games-to-1 lead.

Jim Leyland signs a 5-year contract to manage the Florida Marlins.

After three straight winning seasons, Terry Collins is fired as manager of the Astros. He is replaced by broadcaster Larry Dierker.

U.S. District Judge Edmund W. Ludwig prevents the umpires from striking the playoff games in protest of the Alomar incident, citing the no-strike clause in their contract.

5th The Yankees win their series against the Rangers, taking Game 4 by a score of 6-4. Bernie Williams homers twice for NY, while Juan Gonzalez hits a record-tying 5th HR for Texas.

The Braves top LA, 5-2, and sweep their Division Series with the Dodgers. Tom Glavine gets the win, while Chipper Jones homers for the victors.

The Cardinals sweep the Padres with a 7-5 win in Game 3 of their Division Series. Brian Jordan’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning is the decisive blow.

Roberto Alomar’s HR in the 12th inning gives Baltimore a 4-3 win over Cleveland and a berth in the ALCS against the Yankees. Alomar’s 2-out single in the 9th ties the game and sends it into extra innings.

Umpire John Hirschbeck says he forgives Baltimore second baseman Roberto Alomar, who spat on him during an argument in a game on September 27.

8th  Padres star Ken Caminiti undergoes an operation to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, injured against Houston in April.  Caminiti’s 40 homers, 130 RBI, and .621 slugging mark set Padre records, and he will be the unanimous choice for NL MVP. In 2002, He admits to Sports Illustrated that he started taking heavy doses of steroids following his injury.

9th Bernie Williams’ 11th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Baltimore in the opening game of the ALCS. Williams’ HR was made possible when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reaches over the left field fence in the 8th inning, interfering with a ball hit by Derek Jeter. It is ruled a HR which ties the game, 4-4.

Braves win the opener of the NLCS against the Cardinals, with John Smoltz getting credit for the 4-2 win. Chipper Jones goes 4-for-4 for Atlanta.

10th St. Louis evens the NLCS with an 8-3 win over the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS. Gary Gaetti hits a grand slam for the Cardinals as Todd Stottlemyre gets the win.

Baltimore’s 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 evens the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Rafael Palmeiro’s 7th-inning homer is the key blow.

11th The Yankees win Game 3 by a score of 5-2, after AL President Gene Budig denies Baltimore’s protest of Game 2. NY scores 4 runs in the 8th inning in another come-from-behind win.

The Arizona Diamondbacks sign Travis Lee to a 4-year, $10 million contract. Lee, selected by the Twins in this year’s amateur draft, was declared a free agent on September 24th because Minnesota failed to offer him a contract within 15 days of the end of the draft. Arizona outbid several other teams for Lee’s services. Lee’s deal will be voided by major league officials next week, and have to be reworked.

12th The Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Orioles gives them a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Darryl Strawberry homers twice for NY, while Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill add 4-baggers.

The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 3-2, to go up by 1 game in the NLCS. Ron Gant homers twice against his former teammates.

13th The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 6-4, giving them the AL pennant. The victors score all of their runs in the 3rd inning, which features HRs by Jim Leyritz, Cecil Fielder, and Darryl Strawberry. Scott Erickson gives the 3 homers in one inning, a first in the LCS. Bobby Bonilla, Todd Zeile, and Eddie Murray homer for the losers.

The Cardinals take a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Braves with a 4-3 victory. Brian Jordan homers for St. Louis and Dennis Eckersley gets the win in relief.

14th The Braves batter the Cardinals, 14-0, in Game 5 of the NLCS. John Smoltz gets the win, with Fred McGriff and Javy Lopez contributing homers. Atlanta sets a playoff record with 22 hits in the game.

16th Atlanta, behind Greg Maddux, evens the NLCS at 3 games apiece with a 3-1 victory.

17th The Braves complete their comeback, winning their 3rd in a row, 15-0, to defeat the Cardinals and win the NL pennant. Homers by Fred McGriff, Javy Lopez, and Andruw Jones support the shutout pitching of Tom Glavine.

20th The Braves continue to pound the ball, as they defeat the Yankees, 12-1, in the WS opener. Andruw Jones’ HR in the 2nd inning puts him in the record books as the youngest player to homer in a Series game. He hits another 4-bagger in the 3rd inning, as John Smoltz gains the win.

21st Greg Maddux shuts out the Yankees by a score of 4-0, as the Braves take their 2nd straight as the visiting team. Fred McGriff’s 3 RBIs give him a major league record 15 for the postseason.

22nd The Yankees take Game 3, 5-2, behind the pitching of David Cone. John Wetteland gets the save as Bernie Williams drives in 3 runs for the winners.

23rd The Yankees even the Series by scoring twice in the 10th inning for an 8-6 win. Jim Leyritz ties the game in the 8th with a HR off Mark Wohlers as the Braves blow a 6-run lead. John Wetteland saves the game for Graeme Lloyd.

24th The Yankees take their 3rd straight game in Atlanta, defeating the Braves, 1-0. Andy Pettitte records the win, while John Wetteland gets his 3rd save. John Smoltz is the hard-luck loser for Atlanta.

26th The Yankees take their 4th in a row from the Braves, 3-2, giving them their 23rd World Championship. Joe Girardi’s 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. Wetteland’s 4 saves earn him the MVP trophy.

28th  Ruben Sierra changes uniforms for the 3rd time this year when Detroit sends the veteran to Cincy for two minor league players.

Pitcher Mark Gubicza, a KC Royal since 1981, is traded to the Angels for DH Chili Davis.  Gubicza is the last active player from the Royals’ 1985 championship team. Gubicza will pitch just 4.2 innings in 1997 before spending the rest of the year on the DL.

29th The Expos trade pitchers Jeff Fassero and Alex Pacheco to the Mariners in exchange for C Chris Widger, and pitchers Matt Wagner and Trey Moore.

30th  The Phils name Terry Francona as manager, replacing Jim Fregosi. Francona was 3B coach of the Tigers this past season.