1914 — Connie Mack of the Philadelphia A’s citing a loss of $50,000 for lack of fan support starts to clean house by waiving Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank and Chief Bender. Plank and Bender eventually signed with the Federal League.
1916 — New York theater owner and producer Harry H. Frazee bought the Boston Red Sox for $675,000.
1938 — Ernie Lombardi of Cincinnati won the National League MVP award. Lombardi led the league in batting with a .342 mark.
1951 — Brooklyn’s Roy Campanella won the first of three National League MVP awards. The Dodger catcher hit .325 with 33 homers and 108 RBIs.
1966 — Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. This was the last year there was one selection from both leagues.
1968 — Detroit’s Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner in major league history, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award.
1978 — New York’s Ron Guidry, 25-3, was the unanimous winner of the American League Cy Young award. Guidry led the league in shutouts (9) and ERA (1.79).
1979 — Edward Bennett Williams purchased the Baltimore Orioles for $12.3 million.
2001 — Scott Brosius hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning and Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the 12th inning to give New York a 3-2 victory over Arizona and a 3-2 lead in the World Series. The Yankees became the first team in postseason history to win two straight games when trailing after eight innings. It was their World Series-record 10th successive win at home. Byung-Hyun Kim gave up the game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the second straight game.
2006 — Reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, becoming the third player penalized this year for violating Major League Baseball’s toughened drug policy.
2010 — The San Franciso Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 to bring a World Series title to the city by the Bay for the first time. Tim Lincecum and Edgar Renteria gave the Giants their first crown since 1954, four years before they moved West. Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until Renteria earned the Series MVP award by hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.
Today’s birthdays: Anthony Bass 27; Steven Vogt 30; Coco Crisp 35.