September 27 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

September 27 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

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September 27 - This Day in Baseball Video

September 27 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

USA Olympic team wins gold, Ruth hits his 57th home run, Ted Williams plays the final game risking .401, Koufax sets the NL strike out record, and McGwire hits 69 and 70



September 27, 2000 -US Olympic Team wins the gold

The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country's first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba's 21-game Olympic winning streak with 4-0 shutout. This would be the first time since Baseball had been a medal sport in the Olympics that the Cuban team would not win the gold medal. This would also be only the second loss the Cuban national team would suffer in Olympic baseball history.

September 27, 1927 - Babe Ruth's 57th home run

Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Ruth has 57 bombs with three games to play. The grand slam was the Babe's second in three days.

September 27, 1941 -Ted Williams refuses to sit out game and risks .401

Ted Williams starts the day with a .401 batting average and refuses Boston manager Joe Cronin's suggestion that he sit out the rest of the season to preserve his average. Against the A's, he hits one single in four at bats to drop his average to .3995.

September 27, 1961 -Sandy Koufax hits 2639 strikeouts

Sandy Koufax fans seven Phils to set a National League record for strikeouts in a season at 269. This surpasses Christy Mathewson's 267 in 1903, which was accomplished in 367 innings as opposed to Koufax's astonishing 255 innings pitched.

September 27, 1998 -Mark McGwire hits his 69th and 70th home runs

In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac hits #70 in his last at-bat off of Expos' rookie Carl Pavano.

By The Baseball Page
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011

Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire, Olympics, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams


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