Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Boston doesn't have a great day historically in the playoff domain.
Games of Note: It's 1915, and the first game of the World Series is played between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Over 19,000 are in attendance at the Baker Bowl to see Philly's Grover Cleveland Alexander face off against Boston's Ernie Shore. The Phils get a complete-game effort from Alexander, who gives up just one run in his nine frames, striking out six, while Shore has a bit more of a struggle. The Boston hurler goes eight, but walks four while allowing three runs, with the Phils breaking the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth. It's the first World Series victory in franchise history for the Phillies.
Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth makes an appearance in the contest as a pinch hitter in the ninth for Shore, grounding out to first. Ruth mostly pitched at that point in his career, but the 20-year-old also hit .315/.376/.576 in his limited time at the plate, so the Sox knew he could mash already. This would be Ruth's lone appearance in this World Series, though.
The Angels are facing the Red Sox in the Division Series for the fourth time in 2009, but this time around, things get off on the right foot. Future Red Sox hurler John Lackey beats Boston behind five runs from the Angels' offense. Lackey tosses 7-1/3 scoreless frames against the Sox, while Torii Hunter put the Angels ahead for good with a three-run blast in the fifth inning that broke the scoreless tie.
Transactions: The Red Sox grant Jeff Manto free agency on this date in 1996, and also select Bob Milacki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on the same day. Manto was on the Red Sox on two separate occasions in 1996, as he was originally signed as a free agent by Boston on May 7 of that year. He was then traded to the Mariners in exchange for Arquimedez Pozo, but later on, Boston selected Manto off of waivers in August, and the Mariners let him head to the Sox for nothing.
Manto hit just .208/.333/.438 in the 22 games he played for Boston, and appeared in another 17 between Trenton and Pawtucket. The Red Sox had a thing for the 31-year-old at the time, though, as evidenced by bothering to snag him once again after letting him get away in the first place.
Milacki never pitched for the Red Sox, or even in the Red Sox organization, as he was released on October 22, weeks after he was selected on waivers.
Birthdays: Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Landis turns 70 years old today. Landis pitched for the Sox from 1967 through 1969, mostly as a reliever, with the occasional spot start thrown in. In 1968, he was at his best, posting a 102 ERA+ in what was to that point a career-high in appearances and innings. It was the only year in his career in which Landis was an above-average pitcher. He would spend 1970 with Triple-A Louisville, before the Cardinals had him in their own minor-league system for the last year of his professional career.
George Metkovich, had he not passed away in 1995, would be 92 years old today. Metkovich was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Tigers in 1939, but ended up with the Red Sox by 1943, before ever appearing in the majors. With the Sox, Metkovich played for four years, and hit .260/.321/.370, right around the league average. In April of 1947, Metkovich was purchased by the Indians, and would go on to play another seven years in the majors for another five teams.