October 24: Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win three Cy Young awards in a row (1994); the first-even World Series game is played at Jacobs Field with Eddie Murray hitting RBI in the bottom of the 11th to give the Indians a win (1995); the last game is played at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium (1996). Birthday: Louis Sockalexis (1871).
October 25: Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues (1978); the Minnesota Twins with their first World Series (1987). Birthdays: Bobby Thomson (1923) and Pedro Martinez (1971).
October 26: Sparky Lyle becomes the first AL reliever to win the Cy Young Award (1977); Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Toronto (1982); Steve Carlton becomes the first pitcher to win four Cy Young awards (1982); the New York Mets announced they have signed Mike Piazza to a 7-year, $91 million contract – the highest contract in baseball history at the time (1998). Birthdays: Toby Harrah (1948) and Mike Hargrove (1949).
October 27: The American League admits Los Angeles and Washington to the league (1960); Sparky Anderson is dismissed as manager of the Cincinnati Reds (1978); after a 10-day delay because of the San Francisco earthquake, the World Series resumes (1989); a law is passed overturning part of baseball’s antitrust exemption (1998).
October 28: Construction begins on Candlestick Park in San Francisco (1958); construction begins on Shea Stadium (1961). Birthday: Bob Melvin (1961).
October 29: Willie Mays severs ties to Major League Baseball, signing a contract with the Bally Corporation in Atlantic City, NJ (1979).
October 30: The White Sox announce they will play nine games in Milwaukee in 1986, becoming the first American League team to play regular season games in another city since 1905 (1967).