The first World Series game ever played in Florida belongs to the Marlins. Moises Alou and Charles Johnson hit back-to-back HRs against Cleveland’s Orel Hershiser to make a 7 – 4 winner of Livan Hernandez.
In the American League expansion draft, pitcher Roger Nelson is selected first by the Kansas City Royals and first baseman Don Mincher is the first choice of the Seattle Pilots. The National League held its draft yesterday.
Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the World Series, 8 – 3. Detroit Tigers manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his ace pitcher, Schoolboy Rowe, and the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick goes 4 for 4, including a home run.
Detroit Tigers future Hall of Fame OF Sam Crawford retires from MLB at 37. In addition to his career-record 312 three-base hits, he has hit 50 inside-the-park home runs. He will play in the Pacific Coast League for several more years.
Rogers Hornsby, brought up a week earlier from Class D Denison (Western Association), makes his MLB debut for the Cardinals. Trailing the Reds, 7 – 0, after six innings, Hornsby goes in to play SS and goes hitless.
24-year-old Grover Alexander, winning a rookie-record 28 games, pitches the Phillies to a 1 – 0 win over Boston Rustlers (Braves) 44-year-old Cy Young. Alex gives up just one hit, and his 31 complete games, 367 innings pitched, and 7 shutouts lead the National League.