1st Mark McGwire hits his 56th and 57th HRs of the season, in a 7–1 Cardinals’ win over Florida, to break Hack Wilson’s NL standard for HRs in a season. McGwire also eclipses Babe Ruth’s record of 114 HRs in consecutive seasons set in 1927–28.
2nd Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs against the Marlins for the 2nd consecutive day to set a new major league mark for homers in a season by a righthanded batter with 59. The Cardinals defeat the Marlins by a score of 14–4.
Sammy Sosa hits HR #56 as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 4–2.
In Boston, Nomar Garciaparra snaps a 3-3 tie with Seattle by cracking a walkoff grand slam, off Bobby Ayala, as the Red Sox win, 7-3.
4th The Yankees (100–38) win their 100th game of the season, defeating the White Sox, 11–6. It is the earliest any AL team has ever reached the 100–win mark. The 1906 Cubs needed 132 games to reach the 100-win mark. fewer Bernie Williams leads NY with a pair of homers and 4 RBIs.
Sammy Sosa’s 57th HR leads the Cubs to a 5–2 win over Pittsburgh. Sosa surpasses Hack Wilson’s club record set 68 years ago.
With his Giants down 6–0, Bobby Bonds, with 23 stolen bases so far, attempts to steal 2B but is thrown out. Ellis Burks then hits a home run and the Giants end up losing, 8–5. Bonds ends the game with a NL record of 15 straight times reaching base.
5th Mark McGwire slugs his 60th HR of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach the milestone. The 1st–inning blast off lefty Dennis Reyes helps the Cards on their way to a 7–0 blanking of the Reds.
Sammy Sosa hits HR #58 tin Chicago’s 8–4 win over the Pirates, as the Cubs maintain their lead in the race for the wild card spot.
Giants OF Barry Bonds strikes out in the 1st inning of the game against the Dodgers to snap his NL record streak of reaching base safely 15 consecutive times. Bonds went 9–for–9 in the streak, which surpassed the old mark set by Pedro Guerrero in 1985. The Dodgers take the game by a score of 6–3.
6th Atlanta OF Andruw Jones hits his 50th career HR in a 4–0 win over the Mets. He becomes the 3rd–youngest player in history to reach that level. Only Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro did so at a younger age. Atlanta P John Smoltz limits the Mets to just 3 hits, while fanning an even dozen batters en route to his 14th win.
7th Mark McGwire hits his record–tying 61st HR of the year in the 1st inning off Cubs’ P Mike Morgan in St. Louis’ 3–2 victory.
Mariners’ OF Ken Griffey Jr. has 4 hits, including 2 homers and reaches the 50th HR level. He’s the 3rd player to do so in successive seasons. Seattle defeats the Orioles, 11–1, as Griffey knocks in 6 runs.
Houston’s Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Reds in a 1–0 win. It is the 17th time this season he’s struck out 10 or more and the 100th time in his career. He lowers his ERA to 1.00.
8th Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris’ single–season HR mark by clouting his 62nd of the year off Steve Trachsel in the 4th inning of the Cardinals’ 6–3 win over the Cubs in St. Louis.
Phillies rookie Marlon Anderson hits a pinch HR in his 1st major league at bat to become the 14th player in history to do so. The Phils and Mets combined for nine homers—Philadelphia has a team-record 7—in the 16-4 Phils win. Four different players homer twice—Jermaine Allensworth for New York and Rico Brogna, Kevin Sefcik, and Bobby Estalella for the Phils.
9th In Toronto’s 6–3 loss to the Indians in 13 innings, Jays Alex Gonzalez strikes out 6 times. Tribe starter Dwight Gooden K’s him the first 3 times, with 3 relievers add strikeouts.
11th At Turner Field, the Florida Marlins lose to the Atlanta Braves, 8–2, to become the 1st WS champion in history to lose 100 games the next season. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Larry Bradford, there for a pre-game ceremony with a Little League team, dies of a sudden heart attack before the game.
Cubs lose to Milwaukee, 13–11, with Sammy Sosa hitting HR #59 in the losing effort.
Kansas City’s Kevin Appier makes his first start of the season, stopping the Mariners, 8–5. It is exactly one year since Appier’s last start, at Anaheim. Since then he’s had two operations and been hospitalized with colon inflammation. His two strikeouts today put him in a tie for the career club record.
The Dodgers name Kevin Malone as their new GM. Malone had been assistant GM with the Orioles for the past 2 years.
12th Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa becomes the 4th player in history to reach the 60–HR mark for a season when he slugs number 60 off Valerio De Los Santos of the Brewers in the 7th inning of the 15–12 Chicago win. The Cubs power 6 homers, including two pinch hit, to win. Tyler Houston hits a pinch HR in the 8th and a 2-run single in the Cubs’ 5-run 9th. Orlando Merced finishes the scoring with a 3-run 9th inning walk off pinch homer.
Mark McGwire draws his 152nd walk of the season, to break the NL mark set by Barry Bonds, as the Astros defeat the Cardinals, 3–2.
Jesus Sanchez strikes out 10 in 7 innings, including 7 batters in a row, as the Marlins edge the Braves, 6-5. Braves starter Greg Maddux leaves with a 1-0 lead after 6 IP, and Odalis Perez gives up 4 runs without getting an out to take the loss.
Philadelphia rides 5 hits by SS Alex Arias, including 3 doubles, to a 13–4 win over the Pirates.
13th Sammy Sosa hits his 61st and 62nd HRs of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers to tie the NL record of 10 multi–HR games in a single season set by Ralph Kiner in 1947. The 2 HRs pace the Cubs to an 11–10 win in 10 innings and ties Sosa with Mark McGwire for the HR lead.
Arizona defeats the Reds, 5–0, behind the 1–hit pitching of Andy Benes. Gregg Olson picks up the last 2 outs for the save, as 1B Sean Casey gets the only hit for Cincinnati.
14th Kansas City scores in all 8 of their innings at bat as they down visiting Oakland, 16–6.
In another pitchers duel, the White Sox score twice in the 12th inning, then hold on for a 17–16 win over the Tigers. The teams combine for 41 hits, including 5 each for Albert Belle of the Sox and rookie OF Juan Encarnacion of the Bengals. Encarnacion also score 5 runs while driving home 4. Belle and SS Craig Wilson bring home 5 each for Chicago.
15th Ken Griffey Jr. hits homer #52 and drives in the 1,000th run of his career in the Mariners 12–7 win over the Twins. He becomes the 4th–youngest player in history to reach the milestone, after Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig. Junior hit his 52nd on this date last year.
OF Manny Ramirez hits HRs in his last 3 ABs to help the Indians to a 7–5 win over Toronto.
Pittsburgh takes the 1st game of a doubleheader against St. Louis, 8–6, as Cardinals’ 1B Mark McGwire hits his 63rd HR of the season. The Cardinals take the nightcap, 9–3, to gain a split.
16th Detroit rookie P Sean Runyan makes his 84th appearance of the season in the Tigers’ 2–1 loss to Toronto. He breaks Mike Myers’ rookie record of 83 set in 1996.
Ken Griffey Jr. steals his 20th base of the season in a 4–1 victory over Oakland. He becomes just the 3rd player in history to record at least 50 HRs and at least 20 stolen bases in the same season. Willie Mays and Brady Anderson are the others.
Montreal scores 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat Florida, 3–2. Rookie P Kirt Ojala, who went the distance for the Marlins, ties a major league record by striking out 4 Expos in the 4th inning. Ojala fans Fernando Seguignol, Vladimir Guerrero, Shane Andrews, and Brad Fullmer to become the 12th hurler in major league history to fan 4 batters consecutively. Guerrero reached base on a 3rd–strike passed ball.
Cleveland defeats Minnesota by a score of 8–6. Indians’ OF Manny Ramirez homers in his 1st at bat, giving him round–trippers in 4 consecutive ABs to tie a major league mark. After grounding out his 2nd time up, he will homer again in the 5th inning. Matt Williams, out of action for a month with a broken wrist, homers in his first at bat since August 7.
Sammy Sosa’s grand slam in the 8th inning, his 63rd HR of the year, leads the Cubs to a 6–3 win over San Diego. He now has 154 RBIs for the season.
17th Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez ties a major league record by hitting his 6th HR over a 3–game span. It’s his 43rd on the year. The last AL player to do so was Gus Zernial in 1951. The Indians defeat the Minnesota Twins, 9–1.
Denny Neagle pitches 6 shut out innings as the Braves win, 1–0, over Arizona. Neagle wins his 15th and joins Millwood, Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine, all of whom have reached that level. The last team to have five 15-game winners was the 1930 Washington Senators.
The Red Sox edge Baltimore, 3–2, with Flash Gordon picking up his 39th straight save, an AL record.
Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his 53rd homer to pace the Mariners to an 8–0 whipping of Oakland. Tom Candiotti serves up the helping of gopher to Junior.
Red Huff, the oldest ex-major leaguer dies at the age of 107. Huff pitched for the Yankees and Browns in 1911–13 and 1915 and struck out the first batter he ever faced—Ty Cobb.
18th Mark McGwire hits HR #64 as he leads the Cardinals to a 5–2 win over the Brewers.
Frank Thomas notches his 100th RBI—the 8th straight year he’s reached that level—by clouting a 2-run HR in Chicago’s 11–9 win over Boston. Thomas’ HR is one of 7 in the game in which 32 hits are registered. Thomas will also rack up 110 walks this year, the 8th straight year he’s carded 100+ passes. This sets the ML record.
Houston’s Randy Johnson loses his no-hit bid in the 7th but improves his NL record to 9–1, beating the Pirates, 5–2. The Big Unit allows 4 hits.
On cruise control at Camden Yards, the first-place Yankees get a 3-run homer in the 6thfrom Paul O’Neill and a Shane Spencer grand slam in the 7-run 9thto beat the Orioles, 15-5. Spencer took over in the 6thin LF for O’Neill. Spencer will hit two grand slams before the season is finished.
The White Sox sell C Chad Krueter to the Angels.
19th Mariners SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 40th HR of the season, off Jack McDowell of the Angels, to become the third player in history to have 40 HRs and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds are the others. The Mariners lose the game, however, 5–3.
Texas strikes 2 home run marks today. Mike Simms of the Rangers hits his 16th HR of the year to tie the major league mark for most HRs with less than 200 at bats in a season. Eddie Robinson of the Yankees and Bob Thurman of the Reds accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1957, respectively. Juan Gonzalez belts his 300th career homer, off Jimmy Haynes, but the Rangers lose to Oakland, 8–4.
Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez hits 2 homers—his 44th and 45th—in the Tribe’s 7–6 loss to Kansas City. In doing so, he ties a major league mark with 8 HRs in 5 games.
Braves lefty Tom Glavine wins his 20th, shutting out Arizona, 5–0. The victory gives the Braves their second straight season of 100 wins, the first team in 2 decades to accomplish that. The Phils of 1976-77 posted identical 101–61 marks.
The Giants score 7 runs in the 3rd inning, and 6 more in the 4th, as they demolish the Dodgers by a score of 18–4. Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent bang grand slams in the 2 frames, just the 2nd time (April 26, 1970) in Giants history that 2 players have hit grand slams in a game.
20th Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. takes himself out of the Orioles lineup prior to the game with the Yankees to end his major league record consecutive game streak at 2,632. The Orioles lose the historic game by a score of 5–4. Ryan Minor, Ripken’s replacement at 3B, gets 1 hit in 4 at bats.
Mark McGwire wastes no time as he hits HR #65 in the 1st inning of the Cardinals’ 11–6 win over Milwaukee.
The Rockies Darryl Kile pitches 10 shutout innings before he is lifted for PH Larry Walker, who doubles off Randy Myers and comes around to score the lone run in a 1-0 win over the Padres. Dave Veres earns the save.
Trent Hubbard hits a first inning solo homerun for the Dodgers’ only score in a 1-0 win over Shawn Estes and the Giants. Carlos Perez pitches the GC shutout. The Giants waste a leadoff triple in the 8th by catcher Brian Johnson; his counterpart Charles Johnson is hitless.
21st Pittsburgh C Jason Kendall steals his 26th base of the season to set a new NL record for catchers. The previous mark was set by John Stearns in 1978. The Pirates lose to the Giants, however, 8–1.
Jim Abbott (4–0) continues his comeback with the White Sox, beating the Twins, 7–1 with six innings of pitching.
Tony Tarasco clubs a pinch grand slam in the 7th to lift the Reds to a 8–5 win over the Phils.
Enrique Wilson clubs a 5thinning grand slam off Andy Pettitte as Cleveland beats the host Yankees, 4-1. Charles Nagy wins his 15th.
22nd Ken Griffey Jr. brings home his 140th run of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach that level in at least 3 consecutive seasons. Griffey’s 2 HRs give him 55 on the season, and lift Seattle to a 7–6 win over Oakland.
23rdMcGwire goes homerless in the Cards, 7–1 loss to the Astros as Randy Johnson clips the Birds for his 10th win. He strikes out 8 in 8 innings. Craig Biggio is 3–for–5 and swipes #50 to become the only player besides Tris Speaker in 1912, to have 50 doubles and 50 steals in a year.
Sosa breaks an 0–for–21 slump, hitting his 64th and 65th HRs as the Cubs build a 7–0 lead over the Brewers. Milwaukee fights back, however, and scores 3 in the last of the 9th when Chicago OF Brant Brown drops a routine fly ball with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 9th to allow 3 Brewers to score. Rod Beck is on the mound when the Merkle–like error occurs (Fred Merkle’s boner occurred exactly 90 years ago). Milwaukee wins, 8–7, and the Cubs remain tied for the wild card spot with the Mets, who lose to Montreal, 3–0. With his 8 total bases, Sammy has now topped the 400 mark.
The Giants (86–72) stay close with a 4–1 win over the Pirates. Joe Carter’s three–run homer helps Mark Gardner (13–5) win his 5th straight. Gardner strikes out 11 in 8 innings.
In a slugfest in Denver, the Rockies down the Diamondbacks, 14-11. Karim Grcia has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for Arizona, but Todd Helton matches him with 2 homers and 5 ribbies. Dave Wainhouse picks up his lone win of the year.
24th Red Sox P Tom Gordon records his 42nd consecutive save of the year for a new major league mark as Boston defeats Baltimore, 9–6 (41 by Rod Beck and Trevor Hoffman). Boston clinches a wild card spot behind a pair of homers and 4 runs scored by Nomar Garciaparra.
Shortstop Gary DiSarcina leads Anaheim to a 10–6 win over Oakland with 5 hits, including 2 doubles, and a pair of RBIs.
The Yanks win, 5–2, over the Devil Rays and post their 111th win of the year, surpassing the club record 110, set by the 1927 team. Shane Spencer pounds a grand slam, his 8th homer in 57 at bats.
25th The home run race continues unabated as Sosa blasts his 66th homer in the 4th inning at Houston, and McGwire responds in the 5th inning with his 66th in the 5th inning at Busch Stadium. Sosa’s solo shot ties the game at 2–2, but the Astros score in each in the next 4 innings to win, 6–2. Kevin Tapani fails in his bid to win his 20th. The Cards top the Expos, 6–5, as McGwire adds another single and J.D. Drew a pair of homers.
The fading Mets (88–72) lose another to the Braves, 6–5, as Dennis Martinez, the third of 7 pitchers, is the winner. Meanwhile, the rampaging Giants (88–72) top the Rockies to move into a tie for the NL wild–card.
The Yankees win, 6–1, over the Devil Rays and set an AL record for most wins in a season, 112. The 1954 Indians held the record at 111. Orlando Hernandez improves his record to 12–4.
Ken Griffey hits HR #56, and drives in 5 runs, to lead Seattle to a 15–4 victory over Texas.
Mo Vaughn has 2 hits, including his 39th homer, to stay atop the AL batting race and lead the Red Sox to a 8–3 win over the visiting Orioles.
In the 3rd inning of a 7–5 Tiger win, Toronto starter Woody Williams serves up consecutive homers to Juan Encarnacion and Frank Catalanotto, walks a batter, and tees up another gopher for Tony Clark.
26th Phillies P Curt Schilling strikes out 7 batters to reach the 300 mark in the season. He thus becomes the 5th pitcher in major league history to fan 300 or more in consecutive seasons. Florida wins in the 10th, 4–3 on Dave Berg’s 2–out double. The Phillies also lose the nightcap, 1–0, in 13 innings, when Alex Gonzalez hits a game-ending HR off Ricky Bottalico.
The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 3–1, for David Cone’s 20th win of the year. Cone sets a record for the most years (10) between 20–win seasons, having won 20 for the Mets in 1988. Jim Kaat held the previous record at 9.
McGwire stands alone as he parks #67 and #68 at Busch Stadium, but his Cards lose, 7–6, to Montreal.
Sammy Sosa has no homers but a pair of hits and scores the game–winning run as the Cubs edge Houston, 3–2. Gary Gaetti has 2 RBIs while Jeff Bagwell hits his 34th for the Astros.
The hot Giants rip the Rockies, 8–4, to stay tied with the Cubs for the wild card. Orel Hershiser wins his 11th, despite allowing 8 hits in 5+ innings. One of the hits is Larry Walker’s 23rd homer, and he adds another two hits to run his average to .362.
Dennis Eckersley gets a standing ovation from the Fenway crowd as he appears in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm’s record for most appearances. It will be the Eck’s final game, When the Red Sox refuse arbitration after the season, Eckersley retires on December 10.
27th Padres OF Greg Vaughn hits his 50th HR of the season in San Diego’s 3–2 win over Arizona. He is the 4th player this year to reach that plateau, marking the 1st time in major league history that 4 players have done so.
Oakland’s Rickey Henderson becomes the oldest SB leader in major league history as he finishes the year with an AL–high 66.
The Reds double up on the Pirates, beating them 4–1. Cincinnati uses a brother infield of Brett Boone at 2B (0–for–4) and his brother Aaron (1–for–2) at 3B; Barry Larkin at SS (0–for–3) and Stephen Larkin at 1B (1–for–3). Aaron Boone’s 3–run homer gives Tomko (13–12) the complete game victory. Stephen Larkin is a career minor leaguer with a pacemaker and had a new one installed in August after his old one had a hiccup. Stephen hit .228 with 3 HR and 31 RBI in 80 games with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts this year. Second baseman Bret Boone finishes the year as the NL leader in fielding percentage at his position. He becomes the first player ever to lead a league in fielding percentage 4 consecutive seasons.
The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 8–3, for their 114th win of the season, the 2nd–highest total in major league history. Shane Spencer belts a 4-run homer, his 6th in 9 days and his 7th in the month, a Yankee rookie record. It is his third grand slam in 9 days.
The Cardinals Mark McGwire hits a pair of HRs in a 6–3 win over Montreal to finish the season with a major league record 70, shattering Roger Maris’ mark of 61 set in 1961.
The Cubs and Giants both lose in their opponents’ final at bats to finish the year in a tie for the NL wild card spot, and force baseball’s 1st one–game playoff since 1995.
The Giants lose 9–8 to the Rockies when Neifi Perez hits a walkoff HR in the 9th of Robb Nen. Vinnie Castilla hits his 46th HR and Todd Helton adds a 3-run HR. Bonds has a double and triple and Jeff Kent has a double and HR, the latter served up by Pedro Astacio in his 1.1 innings of work. Astacio ends the season with more than 200 innings pitched and an ERA over 6.00, the first pitcher since 1931 to accomplish that.
Houston defeats the visiting Cubs, 4–3. The Cubs end up leading the league in road attendance with 2,902,914, with the Cardinals second at 2,766,984.
Blue Jays rookie P Roy Halladay throws 8.2 innings of no–hit ball against the Tigers before PH Bobby Higginson hits Halladay’s 1st pitch for a solo HR. Toronto wins the game, 2–1.
28th The Giants score 3 runs in top of the 9th inning, but come up short as the Cubs defeat San Francisco, 5–3, in a one–game playoff to win the NL wild card spot in the playoffs. Rod Beck records his 51stsave.
The Rockies fire manager Don Baylor, the only manager they’ve ever had. He will manage tomorrow’s game for Colorado.
29th The Yankees take the opener of their divisional series against the Rangers, 2–0, on a 5–hit shutout by David Wells, with help from Mariano Rivera in the 9th.
Mo Vaughn leads the Red Sox to an 11–3 victory over the Indians in their ALCS playoff series, clouting 2 HRs and driving home 7. Nomar Garciaparra gets 4 ribbies for Boston. It is Boston’s first post-season with after 13 losses.
At Coors Field, the Diamondbacks clout 5 homeruns, 2 by Karim Garcia, to beat the Rockies, 8-6. Mike Lansing hits 3 homers for Colorado to give him 12 on the year. He is the first player ever to hit 3 homers in a game after starting the day with a single digit total in at least 500 at-bats. Jose Lopez will match him in 2010.
The Padres defeat the Astros, 2–1, in the opener of their divisional series. Kevin Brown hurls 8 innings of 2–hit, shutout ball.
30th In the 1st game of their NLCS series, the Braves defeat the Cubs, 7–1, as Michael Tucker and Ryan Klesko homer to back John Smoltz’s pitching.
Andy Pettitte’s strong pitching gives New York a 2–0 lead in their series with a 3–1 victory over the Rangers. Shane Spencer and Scott Brosius hit round–trippers.
Cleveland erupts for 5 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 9–5 win over the Red Sox to even their series at 1 game apiece. David Justice has a homer and 4 ribbies for the Tribe.
Former KC Royals’ P Dan Quisenberry dies of brain cancer at the age of 45.