SEPT 30 Baseball History includes
Final Major League Regular Season Games for Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazerosli, Pete Gray, and Walter 'The Big Train' Johnson. Also...Babe Ruth's final game as a NY Yankee.
How fun would it of been to be in attendance at Yankee Stadium on Sept 30, 1927 ???
SEPTEMBER 30, 1927…Baseball fun with the ’27 Yankees continues at Yankee Stadium. Yankees’ star Babe Ruth slams his 60th HR of the year on the last day of the regular season.
Ruth’s 60th HR breaks his own record of 59, established in 1921. Ruth’s dramatic shot breaks an eighth-inning 2-2 tie with the Washington Senators. The milestone longball comes off pitcher Tom Zachary, who screams “foul ball”, though the ball was fair by ten feet. Ruth’s teammates pound their bats in unison on the dugout floor as a salute to baseball’s superstar. Ruth salutes the fans military-style when he returns to right field in the top of the ninth.
Just minutes after Ruth’s exciting HR, Ruth catches a fly ball from the bat of Senators’ pitcher, Walter “The Big Train” Johnson. Johnson makes his last appearance in a big league game by pinch-hitting for Zachary in the ninth-inning. The retiring Johnson concludes a mind boggling 21-year career of 416 wins, 3,508 strikeouts, 110 shutouts, and a 2.17 ERA.
Almost lost in all the excitement is the fact that the Yankees win the ballgame, 4-2, for the team’s 109th victory of the season.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1934…Babe Ruth plays in his final game as a New York Yankee. After going hitless in three at-bats, Senators’ player-manager Joe Cronin orders the pitcher to throw strikes, allowing the 39-year-old Ruth a final opportunity to hit. Ruth flies out to center field and leaves the field crying with an 0-for-4 game. Ruth finishes the season with 22 HR’s, 84 RBI’s, and a .288 batting average. Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig has a three-hit day to wrap-up the Triple Crown award. Washington wins, 5-3.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1945…The Detroit Tigers clinch the American League pennant on Hank Greenberg’s 9th inning grand slammer. This game also marks the last major league appearance for Pete Gray, the St. Louis Browns’ one-armed outfielder. Tigers 6, Browns 3.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1956…Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in this century to start a major league game. Derrington, 16 years and 10 months old, starts for the White Sox against the Athletics. He goes 6 innings, allows 9 hits, walks 3, and fans 3. He picks up the loss in the 7-6 Kansas City win. He singles once in two at-bats to become the youngest player to hit safely in an American League game. The left-hander returns to the White Sox in 1957 and appears in 20 games with a 4.86 ERA. He goes back to the minors and is finished before he turns 18-years-old.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1962…Kansas City Athletics’ pitcher Bill Fischer walks Detroit’s Bubba Morton on four straight pitches to end his amazing streak of 84 1/3 innings without walking a batter.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1964…The St. Louis Cardinals defeat Jim Bunning and the Phillies, 8-5, for Philadelphia’s tenth consecutive loss. The Phillies’ ten-game collapse erases what was a 6 ½ game lead in the standings.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1965…Veteran Dodgers’ right-hander Don Drysdale throws a three-hitter to defeat the Milwaukee Braves, 4-0. Los Angeles has now won thirteen consecutive games, seven by shutouts!
SEPTEMBER 30, 1972…Pittsburgh Pirates’ right fielder Roberto Clemente cracks a double to left-center off Mets’ pitcher Jon Matlack for his 3,000th career hit and the final regular season hit of his major league career. Later in the ballgame, longtime popular second baseman Bill Mazeroski is called on to pinch-hit for Clemente. This is Mazeroski’s last at-bat in front of the home crowd in a regular season game before retiring. The Pirates will meet and lose to the Cincinnati Reds in the '72 NLCS. Clemente will die in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, 1972.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1983…Greg Luzinski of the Chicago White Sox hits his 32nd HR of the season to set a record for most HR’s hit in a season by a designated-hitter.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1995…Cleveland’s Albert Belle hits his 50th HR to become the first player to have 50 HR’s and 50 doubles in the same season.