1998 October

1st Atlanta’s Javy Lopez hits a one–out HR in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Braves’ game with Chicago at 1–1. Chipper Jones’ base hit wins the game in the 10th, 2–1, as the Braves win their 2nd in a row.

Houston evens its series against the Padres, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on Bill Spiers’ single, his 3rd hit of the game.

At Seoul, Korea’s Chansil Stadium, 29–year–old American Tyrone Woods clouts his 42nd homer to break the 6–year–old Korean home run record.  Woods, who plays for the OB Bears, played 11 years in the minors, the last with Pawtucket, before going to Korea.  He was also named the MVP earlier in the week. 1998 is the first year foreign players were allowed in the Korean League.

2nd The Yankees shutout the Rangers, 4–0, to sweep their divisional playoff. Shane Spencer hits a 3–run homer and Paul O’Neill a solo blast for NY.

Cleveland takes a 4–1 lead into the bottom of the 9th against Boston in Game 3 of their series. A 2–run home run by Nomar Garciaparra brings the Sox within 1, but that’s how it ends, with the Indians winning, 4–3. Cleveland’s runs come on solo HRs by Manny Ramirez (2), Jim Thome, and Kenny Lofton.

Gene Autry, former owner of the California Angels, dies at age 91.

3rd Cleveland wraps up its series with Boston, as David Justice’s 2–run double in the 8th is enough to give the Indians a 2–1 victory.

Atlanta sweeps the Cubs, winning Game 3 by a score of 6–2. The Braves score 5 in the 8th, with Eddie Perez’s grand slam off Rod Beck being the big blow.

Jim Leyritz’s 7th inning homer gives the Padres a 2–1 win over the Astros, and a 2–1 lead in games in their divisional series.

Yankees’ OF Darryl Strawberry has a cancerous tumor removed from his colon during surgery. Doctors are optimistic that the cancer has not spread.

4th The Padres close out the Astros, winning Game 4, 6–1, and taking their playoff series. Jim Leyritz hits another 4–bagger for the Pads, as does Wally Joyner.

5th The Colorado Rockies name Jim Leyland as their new manager.

6th The Yankees jump on Cleveland starter Jaret Wright for 5 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the Indians, 7–2, in the 1st game of the ALCS. Jorge Posada homers for NY, while Manny Ramirez connects for the Tribe.

7th The Indians score 3 runs in the 12th inning to take Game 2 of the ALCS from the Yankees by a score of 4–1. The lead run scores when NY second baseman Chuck Knoblauch argues the call on a bunt play at 1B, rather than going after the ball.

Atlanta scores a run in the last of the 9th to tie the NLCS opener with San Diego at 2–2, but the Padres win in the 10th on Ken Caminiti’s home run. The 3–2 victory goes to reliever Trevor Hoffman.

8th San Diego’s Kevin Brown hurls a 3–hit shutout to defeat Atlanta, 3–0, and go up two games to 0 in the NLCS.

9th Cleveland takes a 6–1 victory over the Yankees on the strength of 4 HRs: 2 by Jim Thome, and 1 each by Manny Ramirez and Mark Whiten. Andy Pettitte gives up 3 of the homers in 5th inning.

10th The Yankees even the ALCS at 2 games apiece on a 4–hit, 4–0 shutout. Orlando Hernandez hurls the first 7 innings, while Mike Stanton and Mariano Rivera finish up.

The Padres win their 3rd in a row over Atlanta, 4–1, as Sterling Hitchcock and 4 relief pitchers hold the Braves in check.

11th New York gets 3 runs in the 1st, then holds on for a 5–3 win over the Indians in Game 5. David Wells picks up the victory, with Chili Davis, Jim Thome, and Kenny Lofton all hitting homers.

Atlanta stays alive by scoring 6 runs in the 7th inning of an 8–3 win over San Diego in Game 4 of the NLCS. Andres Galarraga’s grand slam is the big blow of the inning.

12th The Braves do it again, this time scoring 5 runs in the 8th to defeat the Padres, 7–6. Michael Tucker hits a 3–run homer in the inning, and drives home 5 runs altogether.

13th The Yankees move on to the World Series, as they defeat the Indians, 9–5, to take the ALCS, 4 games to 2. Scott Brosius homers for NY, while Jim Thome hits his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.

14th The Padres finish off the Braves, as again Sterling Hitchcock and 4 relief pitchers do the job, limiting Atlanta to just 2 hits in a 5–0 win. Tom Glavine takes the loss for the Braves.

15th The Reds managing Executive John Allen pulls off the first big trade of the off–season, swapping a three–game home series with the White Sox to the Cubs in exchange for a three–game home set with the Indians. In 1999, the Reds will play a series in Cleveland, as scheduled, and now another series in Cincinnati  on July 9–11.

17th The Yankees explode for 7 runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres, 9–6, in the Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3–run homer in the inning, then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells notches the win.

Sammy Sosa is honored with a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan. On the 19th, there will be a celebration for Sosa in Washington Heights, home to thousands of Dominican immigrants.

18th New York strikes early, scoring 3 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings. They go on to cruise to a 9–3 win in Game 2 behind Orlando Hernandez. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada connect for homers.

20th Down 3–0, the Yankees bounce back with 2 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Padres, 5–3. 3B Scott Brosius is the hitting star for NY with a single, 2 homers, and 4 runs batted in.

21st The Yankees close out an incredible year by shutting out the Padres, 3–0, and sweeping the NL champs to win the World Series. Andy Pettitte gets the victory, and Scott Brosius is named Series MVP.

23rd The Orioles hire Fran Wren as General Manager.

26th The Mets sign C Mike Piazza to a 7-year, $91 million contract, making him the highest–paid player in the game.

28th Philadelphia Phillies’ top draft pick, Pat Burrell of Miami, wins the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur player.