Oct. 20, 2004 - The Red Sox overcome 3-0 deficit to advance to World Series

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Johnny Damon hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit and advance to the World Series. 

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"All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill." - Babe Ruth

It’s about that time.

"Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling." - Yogi Berra

Yogi-ism.

"I’m married to football, baseball is my girlfriend." - Deion Sanders

Married to the game.

Oct. 11, 1992 - Deion Sanders suited up for Falcons and Braves on the same day

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Deion Sanders played in a Atlanta Falcons game at Miami and then flew to Pittsburgh, to suit up for the Atlanta Braves' Game 5 League Championship Series against the Pirates that evening hoping to become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues in the same day.

However, that’s all he did - suit up. Sanders never got to play in the game. So while he certainly tried to make sports history, Sanders was not able to play an NFL game the same day as an MLB game. No player has managed to do it in sports history. But the story has been “rounded up” over the years to go from “Sanders is the only player to suit up for an NFL game the same day as an MLB game” to “Sanders is the only player to play in an NFL game the same day as an MLB game,” and that is simply not true.

Oct. 8, 1973 - Pete Rose altercation with Bud Harrelson

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It was game 3 of the NLCS that matched up the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets. During the game, Pete Rose got into a fight with Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, while attempting to slide into second base. The fight resulted in a bench-clearing brawl that nearly called off the game. It got so intense that fans in the stands started throwing objects at Rose, prompting the Reds team to leave the field until order was restored. The Mets would go on to beat the Reds for the 1973 National League Pennant.

Oct. 5, 2001 - Barry Bonds hit his 71st and 72nd home runs to set the MLB single season HR record

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On October 4, Barry Bonds tied the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire (which McGwire set in the 162nd game in 1998) by homering off of Wilfredo Rodríguez in the 159th game of the season. He then hit numbers 71 and 72 the following night off of Chan Ho Park. Bonds added his 73rd off of Dennis Springer on October 7. The ball was later sold to toy manufacturer Todd McFarlane for $450,000. McFarlane previously bought Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998. Bonds received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in homers that season.

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"Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases." - Babe Ruth

Superstitions.

Sept 30, 1927 - Babe Ruth became the first player to hit 60 home runs in a season

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The 1927 season featured a fearsome New York Yankees lineup of power hitters known as “Murderer’s Row” that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzerri and Bob Meusel. Ruth led the American League in home runs throughout the year, but did not appear to be within reach of his record 59 home runs, set in 1921, until he hit 16 in the month of September, tying his record on September 29.

On September 30, in the last game of the season, Ruth came to the plate against lefty Tom Zachary of the Washington Senators in the eighth inning. With the count at 2-1, Ruth launched a Zachary pitch high into the right-field bleachers, and then took a slow stroll around the bases as the crowd celebrated by tearing paper into confetti and throwing hats into the air. Upon assuming his position in right-field for the ninth inning, those seated in the bleachers waved hankies at the famed slugger; Ruth responded with multiple military salutes.

(via athleticpoetics)

"Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps." - Willie Mays

More than a game.

Sept. 29, 1954 - Willie Mays of the Giants made his famous over the shoulder catch

The Catch refers to a memorable defensive baseball play by Willie Mays during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York on a ball hit by Vic Wertz.

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"There’s only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get mad. Get mad at yourself and mad at the pitcher." - Ted Williams

Get mad you son of a bitches. Get mad.

Sept. 28, 1941 - Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average

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Ted Williams batting average stood at .39955 with a season-finale doubleheader to be played the next day at Shibe Park, home of Connie Mack’s Athletics. Since batting averages are rounded to the next decimal, Williams could have sat out the final two games and still officially crested baseball’s imposing .400 barrier.

At the time, Williams said, “If I’m going to be a .400 hitter, I want more than my toenails on the line.”

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Sept. 23, 1988 - Jose Conseco, at age 24, became the first player in MLB history to join the 40-40 club

The Major League benchmark for a truly great offensive season lasted nearly a century and was the attainment of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. In April of 1988, Jose Conseco guaranteed he would hit at least 40 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in the upcoming season. On September 23, 1988, an all-time plateau was reached as Conseco set the new benchmark for power & speed at 40 home runs (finished the season with 42) and 40 stolen bases during the same season.

In recognition of his record the street in front of his former high school was named after him but was later rescinded in 2008 after he admitted to previously using drugs throughout his career. That same year, he helped the Oakland Athletics to the World Series but they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. Canseco was unanimously named the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1988, with a .307 batting average, 120 runs scored, 124 RBI, 42 home runs, and 40 stolen bases.

Sept. 22, 1993 - 46 year-old Nolan Ryan pitched his last game

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Nolan Ryan's very durable arm finally gave out in Seattle on September 22, 1993, when he tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour.

Ryan’s last start was his career worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. It was his record setting 10th grand slam given up of his career. (Ryan left trailing 5–0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan’s injury, but credited to Ryan.) Greg Myers of the California Angels was the last strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan’s career, on September 17, 1993.

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