LINEDRIVER's October 2nd Baseball History Picks....
OCTOBER 2, 1966…Cincinnati’s 38-year-old lefty Joe Nuxhall relieves starter Sammy Ellis with two outs in the top of the eighth- inning against the Atlanta Braves at Crosley Field. Nuxhall faces only one batter and gets the needed out by coaxing rookie first baseman George Kopacz to hit a flyball to centerfield. "Nuxie" is pinch-hit for by Chico Ruiz in the bottom of the inning. Don Nottebart takes the mound for the Reds in the top of the ninth-inning. Cathcer Johnny Edwards manages a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth-inning but shortstop Leo Cardenas hits a groundball to shortstop Sandy Alomar to end the game and the season. Braves 4, Reds 2.
This game will later become known as Nuxhall's final big league appearance. Nuxhall announced his retirement as a player on April 1, 1967.
---other OCT 2 Baseball History---
OCTOBER 2, 1907…Twenty-year-old Detroit Tigers’ center fielder Ty Cobb earns a $200 bonus by cranking out his 200th hit of the season. Cobb will end this season with 212 hits, a .350 average, and the first of nine consecutive batting titles.
OCTOBER 2, 1938…Nineteen-year-old Cleveland Indians’ right-hander Bob Feller fans 18 Detroit Tigers on the last day of the season to finish the year with a league leading 240 strikeouts. Despite today’s hefty strikeout total, Feller picks up his 11th loss of the year to go with his 17 victories. Feller’s 18 strikeouts will set a major league record that will stand until 1969 when Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals whiffs 19 New York Mets. Roger Clemens will later unseat Carlton in the record book.
OCTOBER 2, 1965...Sandy Koufax's 2-1 win against the Braves clinches the NL pennant for the Dodgers. With 13 strikeouts, Koufax ups his modern major league season record to 382. He leads the NL in wins (26), ERA (2.04), complete games (27), and innings pitched (335 2/3).
OCTOBER 2, 1966…Dodgers’ ace Sandy Koufax, pitching with just two days rest, prevails over the Phillies in the second game of the doubleheader to clinch the NL pennant for Los Angeles. Phillies’ southpaw Chris Short defeats Don Drysdale in the opener to become the first Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey racked up 22 wins in 1916. Koufax sets team records with his 27 wins and 1.73 ERA on the season.
OCTOBER 2, 1974…Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Henry Aaron homers off pitcher Rawly Eastwick in a 13-0 slaughter of the Cincinnati Reds in Atlanta. The homer is Aaron’s 20th of the season and the 733rd of his career. The blast comes in Aaron’s last at-bat as a National Leaguer. He will finish up his career with the American League’s Milwaukee Brewers in 1975 and 1976.
OCTOBER 2, 1982…The Houston Astros beat the Reds, 4-2, as Cincinnati loses 100 games in a season for the first time in the team’s existence.
OCTOBER 2, 1983…Boston’s onetime star left fielder Carl Yastrzemski bows out of his 23-year big league career by playing left field in front of the Green Monster at Boston’s Fenway Park for the first time this season, and for the last time in his career. The 44-year-old Hall of Fame bound “Yaz” goes 1-for-3 at the plate on the last day of the season after appearing in 107 games as a designated-hitter this season. He finishes the year with 10 HR’s, 56 RBI’s, and a .266 batting average. Red Sox, 3, Cleveland 1.
OCTOBER 2, 1985…Detroit Tigers’ slugger Darrell Evans belts his 40th HR of the season to become the first player to hit 40 homers in a season in each league. Evans blasted 41 longballs with the 1973 Atlanta Braves.
OCTOBER 2, 1986…The Yankees’ Don Mattingly sets a new club record when he bangs out his 232nd hit of the season in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox. The left-handed hitting first baseman will end the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.
OCTOBER 2, 1986…Mets’ pitcher Dwight Gooden strikes out seven Pittsburgh Pirates to become the first pitcher in history to have at least 200 K’s in each of his first three major league seasons.
OCTOBER 2, 1986…Astros’ pitcher Mike Scott strikes out 8 San Francisco Giants in Houston’s 2-1 victory to run his season total to 306, joining Sandy Koufax and J.R. Richard as the only NL pitchers to fan 300 batters in one season. Scott loses his bid for a second consecutive no-hitter when Will Clark doubles in the seventh inning.