1991 September

1st  The Red Sox score 10 runs in the first 2 innings, 8 off Randy Johnson, to beat Seattle, 13-2. Tom Brunansky clubs a grand slam off Scott Bankhead, in relief of the sputtering Big Unit, and finishes with 6 RBIs. Wade Boggs has 4 hits to take over the AL batting lead with a .338 average.

2nd Three months after an operation that replaced a vein in his arm with one from his leg, White Sox pitcher Roberto Hernandez holds the Royals hitless for 6 innings before Bill Pecota leads off the 7th with a double, the only hit Hernandez allows in Chicago’s 5–1 win over KC. In the same game, Bo Jackson makes his miraculous return to the majors following a career-threatening football injury. He hits a sacrifice fly to drive in a run against his former team. Bo will end the year hitting .225 in 23 games, with 3 homers and 14 RBIs.

Ryne Sandberg hits a grand slam in the Cubs 6-run 8th as they come from behind to clip the Padres, 10-8. Luis Salazar has a 3-run homer in the 6th for Chicago.

At the Metrodome, Shane Mack hits a grand slam in Minnesota’s 5-run 8th as they put away the Indians, 9-3.

Rick Lankford hits a tying homer in the 9th and the Cardinals plate 3 runs in the 11th to top the Dodgers, 7-4. The Dodgers stay tied in the NL West with the Braves.

3rd  In a game in Montreal, shortstop Jeff Blauser breaks a big left toe and will be out for two weeks. The Braves will call up SS Rico Rossy to replace him. The Braves manage just 4 hits against Montreal, but win, 4-1. behind John Smoltz.

Three months after undergoing 8 1/2 hours of surgery to remove two blood clots from his right forearm, White Sox rookie Roberto Hernandez makes his ML debut, limiting the Royals to 1 hit in 7 innings. The Sox win, 5–1. The other medical story in the game is the return of Bo Jackson, following his hip transplant surgery. Bo is hitless.

Milwaukee’s Jim Gantner has a double and hits his first homer since 1987, a streak of 1762 at bats without a dinger. In 2 days he’ll hit another. With 2 outs in the 9th, Robin Yount bangs a 3-run HR off Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley for a 5–3 win.

4th After 30 years, the asterisk attached to Roger Maris’ 61 HRs in 1961 is removed by an 8-man Committee for Statistical Accuracy. Regarding the expunging of the asterisk, historian Bill Deane later points out, “It was an easy job: the asterisk never existed. Maris’s record was, from 1962 until 1991, listed separately from Ruth’s and was never actually defined by ‘some distinctive mark.’”  The committee also defines a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit. This removes 50 games from the list that had previously been considered no-no’s, mostly shortened games, but also including Harvey Haddix’s 12 perfect innings against the Braves in 1959 and Jim Maloney’ 1965 1–0 loss in 11-innings. Another casualty is Ernie Shore’s 27 straight outs in 1917, a game in which he relieved Ruth with a runner on and no outs in the 1st.  It is now a combined no-hitter.

Lou Gehrig’s 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220,000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco, becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner card goes for $125,500 while an autographed Gehrig bat sells for $47,500.

Infielders Shane Turner and Tommy Shields both play all 9 positions for the Rochester Red Wings in their season finale, an 8–0 win against Syracuse oftheClass AAA International League.

5th Paul O’Neill paces a 17-hit Reds attack as they overwhelm the visiting Astros, 13-2. O’Neill has three doubles, a HR, and 5 RBIs.  It is the second time this season he’s had four extra base hits; he is the 5th major leaguer this century to do so. Billy Williams, in 1969, did it last.

Ozzie Guillen’s grand slam is the highlight as the White Sox score 10 runs in the 4th inning against the Royals, all with 2 outs. Chicago wins by a score of 11-2. Bo Jackson drives in 3 runs with his first two hits since returning from a serious hip injury. Slugger Frank Thomas receives a mauling, bruising his wrist in a 2nd inning collision with Terry Shumpert, then chipping two front teeth when he is hit in the mouth with a ball thrown by pitcher Charlie Hough.  Hough gets a throwing error on the toss.

6th The Red Sox overcome a grand slam by Seattle’s Dave Valle to defeat the M’s, 6-5.

7th Tim Teufel breaks up a scoreless tie between the Padres and Cardinals by hitting a 10th inning walkoff homerun. Mike Maddux, with 2 innings of relief for the Pads, is the winner and Cris Carpenter takes the loss.

8th  At Montreal, The Expos take a 4-2 lead after two innings and that is all the scoring as Dennis Martinez pitches 7 innings for the win.  Barry Jones earns a save in the 9th inning when he relieves with 2 on and no out and induces Chris Sabo to hit into a game ending triple play.

9th  At Cleveland, Eric Bell debuts with three innings of scoreless relief, and leaves in the 8th with the score, 3–3. The Sox score a run and win, 4–3.

10th The Indians score 5 in the 6th off Bill Wegman, 4 coming home on a grand slam by Reggie Jefferson, and top the Brewers, 5-2. Doug Jones is the winner.

At Shea, Pete Schourek pitches a one-hitter a the Mets stop the Expos, 9-0.  Schourek contributes 2 RBIs in his only career shutout. Howard Johnson and Mackey Sasser each have 3 hits and 3 RBIs. For the third time in his career, Kenny Williams has his team’s lone hit.

11th Atlanta’s Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena combine to toss a 1-0 no-hitter against San Diego. It is only the second no-hitter in Atlanta history, following Phil Niekro’s 1973 masterpiece over the same Padres.

12thTexas Ranger Nolan Ryan wins his 10th game, beating the Twins, 4–3, and becoming just the second pitcher ever to reach double figures in wins in 20 different seasons. Don Sutton did it 21 seasons. The win, Ryan’s 312th of his career moves him past Tom Seaver into 14th place on the career list. Jack Morris is the CG loser.

13th Toronto OF Joe Carter drives in a run in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 victory over the A’s, becoming the first player in history to reach the 100 plateau in 3 consecutive seasons with 3 different teams. Nine players (Dick Allen, Orlando Cepeda, Rocky Colavito, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Reggie Jackson, Lee May, Al Simmons, and Vic Wertz) have collected 100 RBI with three teams, but none consecutively.

Paul O’Neill has 5 RBIs on a homer and three doubles, and Hal Morris and Chris Sabo each have 3 RBIs to lead the Reds to a 13-2 victory over Houston. For O’Neill it is his 2nd game this year in which he collects 4 extra base hits, tying the ML record.

A 55-ton concrete beam crashes onto an empty public walkway at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Expos will reschedule, playing their final 13 home games on the road while the stadium is repaired and growing cracks in concrete ribs supporting the stadium are checked out.

14th Mariano Duncan, Hal Morris, and Paul O’Neill hit back-to-back-to-back HRs off Astros hurler Mark Portugal for the Reds. The homers account for the only Cincinnati runs in a 7-3 loss.

In the 10th inning of the game between Cleveland and Baltimore, Indians reliever Eric Bell pitches to the Orioles’ 2B Juan Bell, who skies a fly to left where it is caught by the Tribe’s Albert Belle. Cleveland comes out on top with a 6–5 win, and Eric Bell, with 1 2/3 innings of relief, rings up his first win.

In the Tigers’ 6-4 win over the Brewers, Detroit’s Cecil Fielder hits a 502-foot HR, which is believed to be the first ball ever hit out of Milwaukee’s County Stadium, off Dan Plesac. The ball lands in the back of a truck driven by Gary Schumacher, who doesn’t stop until he is near Madison.

15th Cardinals rookie Ray Lankford hits for the cycle in a 7-2 win over the Mets.

In Baltimore’s 4-3 win over Cleveland, O’s OF Joe Orsulak—he starts today in LF and switches to RF—has an assist, his 6th assist in an 11-day stretch. He leads ML outfielders with 20 assists and will finish with 22.

Sid Bream hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Ramon Martinez, and drives in 5 runs as the Braves subdue the Dodgers, 9-1. Steve Avery (16-8) is the winner. The Braves now lead the Dodgers by a game and a half.

At Skydome, Jose Canseco starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st and ends it with his 41st homer, a grand slam in the 9th, off Jack Aker, as Oakland doubles the Blue Jays, 10-5.

Craig Grebeck blasts a grand slam in the 3rd and Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk add 2-run homers in the 8th as the White Sox beat the Angels, 9-2. Charlie Hough wins his 9th.

16th  It’s a day for suspensions. Atlanta OF Otis Nixon is suspended for 60 days (the remainder of the season) for violating baseball’s drug policy. Nixon, who had been arrested on charges of cocaine possession in 1987, is currently leading the NL with 72 SBs. He will miss the NL playoffs due to the suspension.  Cincinnati P Norm Charlton is suspended for 7 days and fined an undisclosed amount for admitting he intentionally threw at Dodgers C Mike Piazza in a game played on September 9th.

Bonehead baserunning almost costs the Dodgers a win over the Reds. With one out in the 11th, and the score 3–3, L.A. has Jose Offerman on 3B, with Brett Butler on 1B. When Lennie Harris hits a ground ball, Offerman tries to score but fails to touch the plate and is tagged out on the throw. Harris is called out for passing Butler, who inexplicably stands watching the play. But the Dodgers rally with 3 runs in the 12th to win, 6–5. Eddie Murray hits his 1st triple of the year and Eric Karros has his 1st ML hit, a double, before Joey Hamilton’s game winning single. L.A. sets a NL-record in the 4 1/2 hour marathon by using 27 players, including 9 pitchers.  The Reds use 19.

The Braves blow a 3-run lead and lose to the Giants, 8–5, at Candlestick Park. Darren Lewis scores half the Giants runs despite having no hits. He has 3 stolen bases.

Barry Bonds homers and drives in his 100th run for the 2nd consecutive season, just the 8th Pirate to accomplish that. Pittsburgh beats the Cubs, 9–2,

Kevin Tapani (15-8) becomes the Twins third 15-game winner, pitching a 3-hitter for 7 2/3 inning against the Royals.  The Twins win, 9–0, jumping on Mark Gubicza. Tapani is 13–2 since June 5.

18th  In Toronto’s 5–3 win over Seattle, Toronto’s Rob Ducey is knocked unconscious in a collision at the plate with Seattle C Scott Bradley. Unlike most catchers, Bradley keeps his mask on for throws from the OF, and Ducey hits his head on the mask.

San Diego’s Tony Gwynn undergoes arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.  Gwynn has missed 11 of the Padres’ last 17 games. He has just 4 hits in his last 27 at bats and has fallen behind Hal Morris in the batting race.

Despite Cal Ripken’s 30th homer of the year, Baltimore loses to Boston, 7–5. With 42 doubles already, Cal is the first SS in ML history to top 30 HRs and 40 doubles in the same year.

19th  The first-place Pirates score 5 in the 9th, 4 on a walk off grand slam by Curtis Wilkerson to trip the Cardinals, 5-1. Todd Zeile’s homer is the lone score for the Birds.

Ken Griffey, Jr drives in 4 runs with his third grand slam of the season as the Mariners sink the Royals, 10-5. Alvin Davis also drives in 4 runs. Jose Tartabull has 3 RBIs on 3 hits, including his 29th homer, for KC.

20th  Bill Spiers has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to pace the Brewers to an 8-5 win over the host Tigers.

Steve Avery (17-8) shuts out the Dodgers, 3-0, and the Braves move into 1st place by a half game over LA.

21st  The Dodgers score runs in the 8th and 9th to edge the Braves, 2-1, and retake 1st place. Juan Samuel drives in the winning run with a triple.

22ndEric Bell fires 4 innings of scoreless relief, and the Indians score two in the 9th to beat the Orioles, 2–1. With the 6,863 in attendance, the Tribe tops one million.

Tom Glavine gives up 3 runs in 4 innings and the Braves lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. Ramon Martinez fires 7 innings for the Dodgers, now 1.5 games ahead of Atlanta. Los Angeles will go just 6-5 the rest of the way playing the Padres and Giants.

23rd Roberto Kelly has 3 hits and 4 RBIs, and Matt Nokes adds a grand slam as the Yankees edge the Brewers, 9-8. The Yanks are in 5th place in the AL-East with the Brewers in 4th.

24th Howard Johnson of the Mets strokes his 37th HR of the season to set a new NL record for switch-hitters, in NY’s 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh. Johnson himself had set the previous mark in 1987. He will finish the year with 38 homers and 117 RBIs, becoming the first switch-hitter to lead the NL in driving in runs. Daryl Boston adds a grand slam for New York, the only two homers in the game, as the Corsairs unleash a 17-hit attack.

At the Metrodome, Scott Erickson pitches a one-hitter and the Twins collect 12 hits to beat the White Sox, 9-2. Dan Pasqua’s 2-run homer is the only hit that Erickson allows.  Kent Hrbek hits a 2-run homer and Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch each drive in 3.

25th  Falcons defensive back Deion Sanders rejoins the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the season to help the Braves’ pennant drive. Sanders still wants to play in the Falcons’ game on the 29th against New Orleans.

John Kruk hits a grand slam and solo homer to provide all the scoring as the Phils edge the Cubs, 5–4.

27th  The Indians lose their 100th game as the Yankees beat Greg Swindell, 3–0. With 8 innings of work, Pascual Perez (2–4) earns his last ML decision.

28th The 10th inning proves deadly for pitchers: Detroit’s Lou Whitaker hits a 3-run double off Greg Olson to give the Tigers a 5–4 win over the Orioles; Dean Palmer cracks a 3-run homer off Dennis Eckersley to give Texas a 6–3 victory over the Athletics.

In a 5–4 loss to the Indians, Yankees manager Stump Merrill goes to the bullpen for the 75th straight time, surpassing the record set by the 1977 Padres. Reliever Greg Cadaret takes the loss, while Eric Bell (3–0) wins in relief. to also set a record—most wins without a loss on a team with 100 losses He’ll win another on October 4 against New York to finish 4-0.

Following a 6–2 Mets loss to Phillies rookie Cliff Brantley, manager Bud Harrelson is fired by the Mets.

The Giants top the Dodgers, 4–1, as Don Robinson earns his first save in 3 years by stopping the Dodgers.  In the 9th inning, L.A. loads the bases with one out, but does not score.  Will Clark hits a 2-run homer to drive in his 109th and 110th runs of the year. With the Braves 5-4 comeback win over the Astros, the Dodgers lead in the West is one game with 7 to play.

The Cards Lee Smith ties the NL record for saves with his 45th, as St. Louis beats the Cubs, 3–2.  Smith pitches a scoreless 9th to tie the mark of another Cardinal ex-Cub, Bruce Sutter, who racked up 45 in 1984.

29th  Setting a ML record for hits in consecutive innings, Rickey Henderson hits safely in each of the first 5 frames as Oakland scores 18 runs. Rickey has singles in the first, second, third and fourth innings before hitting a home run in the fifth. He is pinch-hit for in the seventh, leaving with 4 runs and 4 RBIs. Oakland wins over Texas, 19–5, inflicting much of the damage (8 runs) on starter Kevin Brown.

Braves acquire P Mike Bielecki and C Damon Berryhill from the Cubs in exchange for P Turk Wendell and P Yorkis Perez.

Tim Spehr hits a grand slam, off Jim Abbott, as the Royals take an 8-0 lead over the Angels, and win, 8-4.

Jay Bell hits a grand slam, off Doug Simons, as the Pirates do all their scoring in the 2nd inning to beat the Mets, 6-5.