This Day in Baseball History

Sept 11, 9:07 AM

1918 - Red Sox win the World Series

Carl Mays throws a complete game three-hitter, as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 to win the World Series in six games. 

Utility outfielder George Whiteman drives in both runs thanks to a fielding error in the third inning. Cubs pitchers post a 1.04 ERA in the series, while the Red Sox .186 batting average stands as a record for the lowest by a World Series winner in the entire century. 

The Red Sox would not win another World Series until 2004, while the Cubs are still waiting their turn to win the big one. 

1966 - Nolan Ryan debuts

A 19-year-old pitcher from Refugio, Texas named Nolan Ryan enters the game in the sixth inning for the New York Mets. He strikes out the first batter he faces, and would go on to strike out several more batters over the next 27 seasons. 

He retires with eight All-Star appearances, 324 wins (14th all-time), 773 starts (second all-time) and a record 5,714 strikeouts.

1985 - Pete Rose becomes hit king

Pete Rose collects his 4,192nd career hit on single to left off Eric Show in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' win over the San Diego Padres. The hit crowns Rose as baseball's all-time hits leader. 

He would retire a year later with 4,256 career hits. Despite the historic record, "Charlie Hustle" is arguably more well known for being banned from baseball and is still not a member of the Hall of Fame. 

2001 - All games cancelled 

Major League Baseball cancels all games due to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, United Flight No. 93 and the Pentagon.

The Toronto Blue Jays take a 12-hour bus ride back home from Baltimore as a precaution and Yankee Stadium is evacuated.

Games would not resume until Sept. 17. 


1964 - Ellis Burks 

1979 - Frank Francisco 

1983 - Jacoby Ellsbury

1986 - Andrew Cashner

1988 - Mike Moustakas

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Brad Penner