Often time an announcer will say "it is going to come down to the end" to indicate a close playoff race or close game. On September 28, 2011 the last day of the regular season it really came down to the end for multiple teams. Some won, some lost.
On September 27, 2000 the United States baeball team won its first ever Olympic gold medal in baseball. A shutout by Ben Sheets in the gold medal game was a major surprise against the favored team from Cuba.
Today's show features a few significant events from what used to be the final day of the season.
On September 25, 1955 Detroit Tiger youngster Al Kaline became the youngest player ever to win the American League batting title. He was just twenty years old.
On September 24, 2002 Jason Giambi hit home runs number 39 and 40 for the season. Paired with 20 from younger brother Jeremy, the Giambi brothers set a record (60 home runs) for most combined home runs by siblings during the same season. Listen to the show to see who the previous record belonged to.
On September 21, 1987 New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson set a record for most home runs hit in a season by a switch hitter.
On September 20,1924 Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander recorded his 300th win. Alexander was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. He ended his career with 373 wins.
On September 19, 1939 Elmer Gedeon had a three hit game. In fact it is the only game he played in where he recorded a hit. Gedeon is one of only two Major League Baseball Players to have died while fighting in WWII.
On September 18, 1968 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ray Washburn pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants. The previous day, Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry pitched a no-hitter against the Cardinals.
On September 17, 1939 American League President Will Harridge overturned a ruling, giving a victory to the New York Yankees; from a previous game involving the Boston Red Sox and Yankees. After the Yankees intentionally made outs to speed up the game in order to finish the contest before the 6:30 p.m. Sunday curfew, Red Sox fans found a way to slow it down.
On September 16, 1968 umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine were fired by American League President Joe Cronin.
On this day in baseball history September 14, 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Preacher Roe recorded his 20th win. He would finish the season with a 22 and 3 mark. He finished his career with 127 wins and a ERA of 3.43. Branch Rickey, a man who gave many their start was the first to see Major League talent in Roe.
On September 13, 1883 Hugh Daily threw the 10th no-hitter in Major League Baseball history. Daily was different than the other nine pitchers to deliver one of the games rare feats. Daily had just one arm...and he wasn't the last player with just one arm to throw a no-hitter.
On September 12, 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder became the oldest player to record 50 doubles in a season.
The September 11 show features Pete Rose and Eddie Plank. Two players from two very different eras of baseball.