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History Highlights for October 9

In Game Two of the 2009 ALDS, Nick Blackburn and A.J. Burnett pitched the Twins and Yanks, respectively, to a 1-1 tie through six, but Minnesota reached Phil Hughes for two runs in the eighth. But Alex Rodriguez got his great postseason started in earnest with a two-run blast off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth to send it to extras. It got tense in the 11th when Minnesota’s first three batters singled off Damaso Marte and David Roberston, but a liner, then a grounder, to first base and a fly out got the Yanks up still tied, when Mark Teixeira sent everyone home happy with a leadoff home run off the top of the wall in left for a 4-3 Yankee win, and a two-games-to-none lead in the ALDS. Continue reading

History Highlights for October 8

It’s more than 50 years now, and nobody has equaled Don Larsen‘s stellar achievement (though Doc Halladay‘s not perfect no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS–still not in the World Series, has come close), as he tossed a Perfect Game in the World Series on October 8, 1956. He blanked the Dodgers, 2-0, besting Sal “The Barber” Maglie, who matched him until Mickey Mantle broke the tie with a fourth-inning home run. Continue reading

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