Roger Maris hits No. 61 in 1961, breaking Babe Ruth’s HR record. Maris got the home run in the last game of the regular season.
Also: 1903 – The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1919 – Eight players for the Chicago White Sox began their conspiracy to lose the World Series to the underdog Cincinnati Reds.
1933 – Babe Ruth made his final pitching appearance. He pitched all nine innings and hit a home run in the 5th inning.
1946 – The first baseball play-off game for a league championship was played. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2.
1994 – The National Hockey League (NHL) team owners began a lockout of the players that lasted 103 days.
2006 – Albert Haynesworth (Tennessee Titans) kicked off the helmet of Andre Gurode (Dallas Cowboys) and then scraped his cleat across his head. Gurode required 30 stitches and suffered blurry vision from the attack. The NFL suspended Haynesworth for 5 games without pay. This was the worst suspension for onfield behaviour to date.
2007 – Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) played his first game as captain. He was the youngest player to be named a captain in the NHL.
In KC sports history, it was this day in 1976 when the Royals clinched their first playoff berth as Angels pitcher Frank Tanana tossed an 11-inning shutout against the A’s, giving the Royals the AL West crown.