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On this Day in Sports History October 1

On this Day in Sports History October 1


On this day in 1903, the first World Series game was played with the Pirates defeating the Americans 7-3 behind a strong performance from Deacon Phillippe.

On this day in 1932, New York Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth supposedly called his shot in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series against the Cubs.

On this day in 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run mark when he launched his 61st of the season off Tracy Stallard.

On this day in 1978, Gaylord Perry became just the third big league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. Perry joined Bob Gibson and Walter Johnson in the exclusive club.

On this day in 1978, Montreal Expos lefty Ross Grimsley became the first 20-game winner in franchise history when he defeated the Cardinals, 5-1.

On this day in 1984, Peter Ueberroth took over as the commissioner of major league baseball.

On this day in 1995, the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies became the first wild-card teams in baseball history as the league debuted their new playoff system.

On this day in 2004, Ichiro Suzuki broke the major league record for hits in a single-season when he recorded his 258th hit of the season. The previous record of 257 was held by George Sisler for 84 years.

On this day in 2006, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins became the first AL catcher to ever win the batting title when he beat out Freddie Sanchez (.344) with a .347 batting average.


On this day in 1955, Baltimore Colts running back Alan Ameche became the first rookie to rush for 100 yards in his first two games. Ameche rushed for 194 yards in his first game and 153 in his second.

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