Baseball’s long, rich history provides an endless wealth of fascinating firsts, facts and even fiascos!
Firsts* things first- Pitchers from three different Asian countries appear in a MLB game for the first time, as Chan Ho Park (South Korea), Hong-Chih Kuo (Taiwan) and Takashi Saito (Japan) all pitch in a Dodgers win.
Wait for it- After bowing out to the Dodgers in the NLDS, the Chicago Cubs become the first MLB team to ever have a 100-year drought.
World Series- In the sixth inning of a 2-2 game, Game 5 of the World Series between the Phillies and the Rays is halted due to rain. It would become the first suspended game in World Series history, as Philadelphia would have to wait two more days to claim the game (4-3) and the title (three games to one).
Firsts* things first- The Houston Astrodome hosts the first All-Star Game ever to be played indoors on turf.
Wait for it- It takes 24 innings for the Astros to outlast the Mets in a six-hour, six-minute 1-0 game that ends on a bases-loaded ground ball through the shortstop’s legs.
World Series- Pitching on two days’ rest, Mickey Lolich wins his third game of the World Series and helps give the Detroit Tigers their first World Championship since 1945.
Firsts* things first- The Star Spangled Banner is played during the seventh inning stretch of the first game of the World Series, as a tribute to all servicemen on leave and in attendance. It would be played at every World Series (and eventually, before every game) from then on.
Wait for it- 15 of Walter Johnson’s complete games go into extra innings, four of which lasted longer than 15 innings. “The Train” led the league in wins (23), ERA (1.27) and shutouts (8) that year.
World Series- After WWI caused an abrupt end to the regular season, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs in six games and win their third World Series in four years. They’d have to wait 86 years to win another one.