Games of Note: Ted Williams, who was hitting .401 two days prior back in 1941, goes one-for-four after refusing to sit on September 27. This pushes him to a .3995 batting average, edging him very close to failing to hit .400 on the season. September 28 is the last day of the 1941 campaign, though, and Williams makes sure that he finishes over .400. In fact, he blows by it, as much as you can with just a day left, anyway. Williams goes six-for-eight in a doubleheader against the Athletics, pushing his batting average up to the iconic .406 mark we recognize today. To this point, it's the last .400 season in baseball for a qualifying hitter.
In 1958, Williams is vying not for .400, but for a batting title all the same. Teammate Pete Runnels begins the day at .324, while Williams is at .327. Runnels will go 0-fer with a walk, dropping his average to .322 on the year, while Williams goes two-for-four with a walk, homer, and two runs batted in. The Splendid Splinter wins batting title number six of his career, the final one of the 39-year-old's career.
The 2007 Red Sox clinched the American League East on this date, an event that normally wouldn't merit future praise, but it snapped the streak of the Yankees, who had won the East nine-straight times. Boston had made the playoffs on multiple occasions during that stretch, winning the wild card in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2005, but had not won the division since 1995, when New York took the first wild card.
Transactions: Wil Cordero is released by the Red Sox on this date in 1997. Cordero had been a little disappointing in his time with Boston, appearing in just 59 games in 1996 (while posting an 84 OPS+), but 1997 was a bit better. Baseball-Reference lists him as being a two-win player in '97, thanks to quality defense in the outfield (Cordero had played second for Boston one year earlier).
Cordero wasn't necessarily cut for performance reasons, though. He was arrested in June for domestic abuse, then was arrested again for going near his wife, who he was supposed to stay away from thanks to the charges. Then, it was revealed Cordero had a history of this behavior, as his previous wife had accused him of domestic abuse, even when she was pregnant. Fans did not take kindly to this behavior, and the attitude towards Cordero soured -- the Sox cut him once the season ended, and in the off-season, Cordero pled guilty to the charges brought against him that summer.
Sadly, this wasn't the last time that Cordero would get in trouble for beating a woman. Yet, he continued to get opportunities to be a major-league ballplayer. That's disappointing in an entirely different way.
Birthdays: Technically, he's not a Red Sox yet, but Jerry Sands turns 25 today. Sands is reportedly one of the players to be named later from the Adrian Gonzalez trade. He's hit .296/.375/.524 for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2012. It's also Zach Stewart's birthday, with the right-hander turning 26. Stewart was acquired as part of the Kevin Youkilis deal with the White Sox. He'll start for Boston for the second time this coming Sunday.