Friday, Oct. 21 Baseball Today
The Associated Press
Oct. 20, 1988
Undated (AP) _ No games scheduled. The next major league game will either be Saturday, when Oakland is at Los Angeles is Game 6 of the World Series (if necessary at 5:20 p.m. EDT), or April 3, the Opening Day of the 1989 season. STATS
There have been seven left fielders used by Oakland and Los Angeles, a World Series record. Dave Parker, Stan Javier, Tony Phillips and Luis Polonia have played there for the Athletics and Mickey Hatcher, Danny Heep and Jose Gonzalez have played there for the Dodgers. The previous record for left fielders was six, set in 1947 by Brooklyn and New York and tied in 1979 by Pittsburgh and Baltimore. ... Dave Henderson of the Oakland Athletics became the 47th player to get four or more hits in a World Series game Wednesday night. Henderson went 4-for-5 with a double in the Athletics' 4-3 loss to Los Angeles. Milwaukee's Paul Molitor holds the record of five hits in a game, set in 1982. SWINGS
Six teams have won the World Series after trailing 3-1 since it went to the best-of-seven format. The six were the 1903 Boston Red Sox, the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers, the 1979 Pittburgh Pirates and the 1985 Kansas City Royals. STREAKS
Mickey Hatcher and Steve Sax of the Los Angeles Dodgers are the only players to get hits in all four World Series games. Hatcher has hit safely in seven consecutive postseason games and nine of 10 overall. ... The Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the World Series ended a streak of 13 consecutive World Series victories by the home teams. STRIKEOUTS
Oakland starter Dave Stewart failed to strike out a batter Wednesday night for only the second time this season. SWITCHING SIDES
Rick Dempsey of the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday became the 99th player to play in the World Series for clubs in both leagues. SITTING OUT
The only Oakland player not to appear in the first four games of the World Series was pitcher Todd Burns. The only Dodgers not to play were pitchers Jesse Orosco and Ricky Horton. STATUS
Outfielder Mike Marshall of the Los Angeles Dodgers said he thought he would be able to start in Game 5 of the World Series. Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia, who injured a knee Wednesday in Game 4, said he was not sure if he would be able to play in Game 5. STEALING BADLY
The Los Angeles Dodgers tied a record in Game 4 of the World Series Wednesday night with three runners caught stealing. Mike Scioscia, Danny Heep and Alfredo Griffin were caught by Oakland catcher Terry Steinbach. The three unsuccessful tries matched the nine-inning mark held by many. SPEAKING
''What a tremendous victory for one of the weakest teams in the history of the World Series to beat one of the strongest teams. They're so good they should allow us two runs before we begin. ... We don't have (Kirk) Gibson, we don't have (Mike) Marshall and (John) Tudor's out for the year. Everybody expects us to fold this tent and leave. I said, 'You guys are going to show them that you've been a winner all season and you're going to beat them with whoever goes out there.''' - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. This Date in Baseball By The Associated Press Oct. 21
1972 - The Cincinnati Reds won the sixth game of the World Series, beating the Oakland Athletics 8-1.
1973 - Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson hit two-run homers in the third inning as the Oakland A's beat the New York Mets 5-2 in the seventh game of the World Series.
1975 - Carlton Fisk homered in the 12th inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and forcing a seventh game in the World Series.
1976 - The Cincinati Reds won the World Series in four games with a 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Johnny Bench hit two home runs for drove in five runs. It was the Reds' second straight World Series championship and marked the first time a team had swept the playoffs and the World Series.
1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series for the first time in their 98-year history with a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the sixth game.
1986 - The New York Mets, sparked by Lenny Dykstra's leadoff homer, beat Boston 7-1 and closed the Red Sox' lead in the World Series to 2-1.
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