The Los Angeles Dodgers, behind Pedro Guerrero’s 5 RBIs, beat the New York Yankees, 9-2, to win the World Series in six games. Manager Tommy Lasorda got his first World Series win in his fifth full season with the Dodgers after losing to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.
Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. Perry earns the NL honor with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA for the San Diego Padres. He had previously won the award in the AL in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians.
It takes 12 innings, but the first-ever World Series game in Atlanta goes to the Braves. Mark Lemke singles in David Justice for the 5-4 win over the Twins. This was the first of 4 games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later.
The Oakland A’s rallied for two ninth-inning runs for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to even the World Series after four games. It happened with one out as the A’s strung together four consecutive hits to score the two runs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series as rookie Babe Adams registered his third victory by beating the Detroit Tigers, 8-0, in the seventh game of the World Series. Adams would pitch 19 years in MLB, all for the Pirates, compiling a 194-140 record.
1981 Steve Rogers of the Expos wins Game Five of the NL East Divisional playoff for Montreal over the Philadelphia Phillies by twirling a six-hit shutout and knocking in two of his team’s runs in a 3-0 victory.