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September 30 - This Day in Baseball Video

September 30 - This Day in Baseball Video

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September 30 - This Day in Baseball Video

September 30 - This Day in Baseball Video

Clemente reaches 3,000, Greenberg hits a pennant-winning grand slam, Mays hits his 47th home run, and the "Point" plays its last baseball game

 

September 30, 1972 - Roberto Clemente becomes 11th to collect 3,000 hits

Roberto Clemente doubles off the Mets' Jon Matlack to become the eleventh major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. On hand for the event was Clemente’s hero, Willie Mays, now a New York Met, who called Clemente “The Greatest”. Sealing the mutual admiration Clemente was quoted saying “"Willie Mays is the greatest player I've ever seen. I never saw Joe DiMaggio play, but if Joe DiMaggio was better than Willie Mays, he belongs in heaven."  Sadly, the Pirate right fielder's 3000th hit would be his last, as he would die on New Year’s Eve in a plane crash while attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Managua, Nicaragua.

September 30, 1945 - Hank Greenberg ist pennant-winning grand slam

Hank Greenberg hits a pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season. The Tiger left fielder's ninth-inning 4 run bomb beats the Browns 6 - 3 clinching the American League flag for Detroit over the second-place Senators.

September 30, 1962 - Willie Mays hits 47th home run

Willie Mays' 47th home run, an 8th-inning blast off Dick Farrell, leads the Giants to a critical 2 - 1 win. They would all stay in the clubhouse after the win to hear the results of the Dodger game. The season would end in a tie which required a three game playoff to settle the pennant in the Giants favor.

September 30, 1999 - Last game at Candlestick Park

The largest regular-season crowd in Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watch the Dodgers beat the home team 9 - 4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'Point'. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game.

By The Baseball Page
Friday, 30 Sep 2011

 

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