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See also

The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world.  


Major League Baseball

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Awards and honors

MLB Statistical Leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Michael Young .331 Derrek Lee .335
HR Alex Rodriguez 48 Andruw Jones 51
RBI David Ortiz 148 Andruw Jones 128
Wins Bartolo Colon 21 Dontrelle Willis 22
ERA Kevin Millwood 2.86 Roger Clemens 1.87

Major League Baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 95   67 .586    --
2nd Boston Red Sox * 95   67 .586    --
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 80   82 .494 15.0
4th Baltimore Orioles 74   88 .457 21.0
5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67   95 .414 28.0
Central Division
1st Chicago White Sox 99   63 .611    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 93   69 .574   6.0
3rd Minnesota Twins 83   79 .512 16.0
4th Detroit Tigers 68   94 .420 28.0
5th Kansas City Royals 56 106 .346 43.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Angels 95   67 .586    --
2nd Oakland Athletics 88   74 .543   7.0
3rd Texas Rangers 79   83 .488 16.0
4th Seattle Mariners 69   93 .426 26.0
  • The asterisk denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league. Because the Yankees and Red Sox finished with the same win-loss record, the season series result awarded the division championship to the Yankees and the wild card to the Red Sox.
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Atlanta Braves   90 72 .556    --
2nd Philadelphia Phillies   88 74 .543   2.0
3rd Florida Marlins   83 79 .512   7.0
3rd New York Mets   83 79 .512   7.0
4th Washington Nationals   81 81 .500   9.0
Central Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 .617    --
2nd Houston Astros *   89 73 .549 11.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers   81 81 .500 19.0
4th Chicago Cubs   79 83 .488 21.0
5th Cincinnati Reds   73 89 .451 27.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates   67 95 .414 33.0
West Division
1st San Diego Padres   82 80 .506    --
2nd Arizona Diamondbacks   77 85 .475   5.0
3rd San Francisco Giants   75 87 .463   7.0
4th Los Angeles Dodgers   71 91 .438 11.0
5th Colorado Rockies   67 95 .414 15.0



  • January 31 - The Seattle Mariners sign relief pitcher Jeff Nelson to a minor league contract, his third stint with the club. The reliever previously pitched with the Mariners from 1992–1995 and again from 2001-2003. He is Seattle's all-time record holder for most games pitched with 383 and has a 23-20 record with the Mariners.
  • February 6 - At Mazatlan, Mexico, Francisco Campos turns in another brilliant outing, and Mexican champion Águilas de Mazatlán (Mazatlan Eagles) holds on in the final game, edging the Dominican Republic 4-3 to win the 56th Caribbean World Series. The title is just Mexico's fifth since joining the competition in 1970, the second in the last four years, but its first since hosting the series. Campos allows just three hits - two infield hits and a bunt single - and a run over his first eight innings of work, striking out 11. Previously, Campos handcuffed the Venezuelan champion Tigres de Aragua (Aragua Tigers) 4-0 in the series opener. He allowed just three hits over eight innings and struck out 10. Campos os voted the Series MVP.
  • February 8 - Magglio Ordóñez, the last remaining premier free agent of the offseason, and the Detroit Tigers agree to a $75 million, five-year contract, a deal with two option years that could raise the total to $105 million over seven seasons.
  • February 16 - The players' union signs an agreement calling for international drug-testing rules during a 16-team World Cup tournament (eventually called the World Baseball Classic) during 2006 spring training. Each team will select a provisional roster of 60 players, 45 days before the start of the tournament, and players will be covered by the drug-testing rules until the end of the competition. The deal, signed by the union, the commissioner's office and the International Baseball Federation, states that IBAF rules will cover the frequency of testing before and during the tournament, the list of prohibited substances, the procedures for taking samples and the laboratories used. More substances are banned by the IBAF than by the major leagues.
  • March 29 - First baseman Andrés Galarraga announces his retirement. A five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner in a 19-year career, Galarraga was a .288 hitter with 399 home runs and 1425 RBI in 2,257 games played.


  • April 6 - Brad Wilkerson of the Washington Nationals hits for the cycle in the Nationals' first win since moving to Washington, D.C., 7-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He becomes the twentieth player to hit for the cycle twice. One day later, Wilkerson continues his torrid hitting going 4-for-5, as the Nationals complete their first series by winning two of three against the Phillies.
  • April 14 - On a historic night at RFK Stadium, Liván Hernández and Vinny Castilla are up to the task. Hernández carries a one-hitter into the ninth inning and Castilla falls a single shy of the cycle as the Washington Nationals post a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first major league game in Washington, D.C. in over 33 years. After beginning their first season in the nation's capital with a nine-game road trip, the Nationals open the first game at RFK Stadium since the departure of the Washington Senators with former pitcher Joe Grzenda handing a ball to president George W. Bush, who throws the ceremonial first pitch. Grzenda tossed the final pitch in Senators history against the New York Yankees on September 30, 1971.
  • April 15 - Sammy Sosa hits his first home run at Camden Yards, giving him homers in 42 different ballparks. Currently seventh on the all-time list with 576 home runs, Sosa and Miguel Tejada have three RBI apiece as the Orioles defeat the Yankees 10-1.


  • May 30:
    • The Chicago White Sox extend manager Ozzie Guillén's contract, making the move while the team has the best record in the majors (33-17). Chicago picks up the 2006 option on Guillén's contract, adds two more years and includes an option for the 2009 season.
    • 42-year-old Jamie Moyer pitches six solid innings for his 131st win with the Seattle Mariners, passing Randy Johnson to become the club's career leader as the Mariners beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3. Over 20 major league seasons, he's 197-147.


  • June 2 - The New York Yankees are swept by the worst team in baseball, falling 5-2 to the Kansas City Royals for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years. It's been a ball so far for Buddy Bell, the new Royals skipper who is unbeaten after sweeping three games from the visiting Yankees. Kansas City pitchers allow just six runs in the series. It's the third time in their storied history the Yankees have been swept in three games by the team with the worst record in the majors. The other times were in 2000 by the Detroit Tigers and 1937 by the Philadelphia Athletics; in both those seasons, New York won the American League pennant. Kansas City completes its first three-game sweep at home of the Yankees in 15 years. The Royals had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone, the longest drought in the majors since the Philadelphia Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-97. Despite their three-game sweep, the Royals' record of 16-37 is still the worst in the majors.
  • June 5 - For the first time since 1933, a team called Washington is in first place late in the season. Ryan Church helps lift the Washington Nationals into first place in the NL East Division with a three-run home run, as the Nationals complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Florida Marlins with a 6-3 triumph. The victory, coupled with Atlanta's loss to Pittsburgh, puts Washington in first place. The Nationals have come from behind for 21 of their 31 victories, including each of its last eight. 75 years ago, the Washington Senators team that won the American League pennant topped the standings this time of year or later.
  • June 6 - Colorado Rockies rookie sensation Clint Barmes is expected to miss at least three months after breaking his left collarbone in a fall while carrying groceries up the stairs in his apartment building. Barmes, a shortstop leading National League rookies in most offensive categories, undergoes surgery the next day. He had hit around .400 and led the major leagues in batting average for about the first six weeks of the season. After a mild slump, he was still leading NL rookies in hitting (.329), runs (40), hits (74), doubles (16), home runs (8) and RBI (34) heading into the day's game.
  • June 8:
    • Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis becomes the major leagues' first 10-game winner in Florida's 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. Carlos Delgado homers and provides all the runs the Marlins need.
    • Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest member of the 400-home run club when he hits a solo shot in the eighth inning of New York's 12-3 win over host Milwaukee. The home run is the second of the game for the 29-year-old, who becomes the 40th player in major league history to reach 400 homers, with two more than Dale Murphy and one more than Al Kaline and Andrés Galarraga.
    • Minnesota ace Johan Santana improves to 15-0 over his last 17 road starts, when he pitches an 8-0 four-hit, nine-strikeout shutout against Arizona.
  • June 10:
    • Greg Maddux makes the Boston Red Sox' first appearance at Wrigley Field a sour one. Maddux allows three runs in 6 2/3 innings and homers for the first time in six years as the Chicago Cubs capture their 11th win in their last 14 games with a 14-6 victory over the Red Sox. Facing the Cubs for the first time since the 1918 World Series, Boston did not play at Wrigley Field before because of the decision that year to host the postseason games in Chicago at Comiskey Park because of its greater seating capacity.
    • The 1919 contract that shipped Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees sells at auction for a staggering $996,000, delighting its new owner, Pete Siegel, a die-hard Yankees fan, and a hunger-relief group designated to receive a financial windfall from the sale. The price is nearly double the presale estimate for the December 26, 1919, contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, and nearly 10 times the $100,000 cost of purchasing Ruth.
  • June 12 - Acquired in a trade two days before, Junior Spivey hits a two-run home run as the Washington Nationals tie a franchise record with their 10th consecutive win - a 3–2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Before relocating to the nation's capital this season, the Nationals were known as the Montreal Expos, who won 10 straight games three previous times in 1979, 1980 and 1997. The Nationals have won 13 of their last 14 games overall, with eight of the wins coming by one run, and complete a 12-1 homestand. Tony Armas, Jr. pitches five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, and is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts.
  • June 14:
    • The Boston Red Sox honor their Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and the 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series by naming the left field foul pole where it landed the "Fisk Pole". In a pregame ceremony from the Monster Seats, Fisk is cheered by the Fenway Park crowd while the shot is replayed to the strains of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. The Red Sox scheduled the ceremony to coincide with an interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds, who make their first trip back to Fenway Park since the '75 Series. Thirty years later, the video of Fisk trying to wave the ball fair remains one of the game's enduring images; Game 6 is often called the best game in major leagues history. Fenway's right field foul pole, which is just 302 feet from the plate, has long been unofficially named the Pesky Pole, for light-hitting former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky, who had a tendency to curve fly balls around it for homers. On the field, Fisk throws out the ceremonial first pitch to former battery-mate Luis Tiant.
    • Commissioner Bud Selig favors reversing use of the designated hitter for interleague games next season. Under Selig's proposal, which will be considered during the offseason, the DH would be used in National League parks instead of in American League stadiums.
  • June 24:
    • At Yankee Stadium, the New York Mets set a National League record by hitting three sacrifice flies in one inning, an oddity accomplished three times by American League teams. Ramón Castro, José Reyes and Mike Cameron each hit one in the second inning, and Reyes adds his second of the game in the ninth, as the Mets defeat the Yankees 6-4.
    • Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne has season-ending elbow surgery which goes better than expected. Gagné does not need a ligament replaced and could return by spring training. Originally expected to be out 12-to-14 months, Gagné now faces about six months recovery time, and may start throwing a baseball even earlier.
  • June 27:
    • Julio Franco hits his eighth career grand slam as the Atlanta Braves get past the Florida Marlins. The 46-year-old Atlanta first baseman has shown in June that he clearly can still play the game. In his last seven appearances, Franco is hitting .458 with four home runs and 11 RBI, and is making plenty of entries on those oldest-to-do-whatever lists. Earlier this month, he became the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game, the oldest in the last 96 years to steal a base and extended his own mark for being the oldest to hit a grand slam.
    • Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro gets two more hits in a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees, moving him past Sam Rice into sole possession of 26th place on the all-time list. Palmeiro is 11 hits shy of becoming the fourth player in major league history with 3,000 hits and 500 homers.


  • July 6 - Florida Marlins pitchers are perfect for more than nine innings, and they set a team record with 22 strikeouts. Juan Encarnación's single in the 12th inning gives Florida a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, but it is the Marlins pitchers who steal the show. Starter A.J. Burnett matches his career-high and the team record with 14 strikeouts in six innings and, after J.J. Hardy's RBI single with two outs in the third, Florida pitchers retire the final 28 Milwaukee hitters. Burnett throws 125 pitches in six innings, allowing four runs and four hits while walking five; Jim Mecir pitches the seventh but doesn't have a strikeout; Guillermo Mota strikes out two in the eighth and two in the ninth; Todd Jones strikes out one in the 10th and two in the 11th, and Valerio de los Santos, the game winner, strikes out one in the 12th.
  • July 11 - At Comerica Park – a field normally considered a "pitcher's park" - Bobby Abreu wins the Home Run Derby. He sets records with 24 home runs in a single round and 41 overall, topping Miguel Tejada's previous marks of 15 and 27, set a year earlier. Abreu's longest homer is measured at 517 feet.
  • July 24 - At SF, A.J. Burnett homers and pitches into the eighth inning for his second straight victory, and Miguel Cabrera belts a home run for the third game in a row to lead the Florida Marlins past the San Francisco Giants 4-1. With 70-year-old Felipe Alou and the 74-year-old Jack McKeon in the dugouts, it marks the first time in North American professional sports history that opposing teams both had managers or coaches 70 or older.
  • July 25:
    • The Oakland Athletics defeat the Cleveland Indians 13-4, as Dan Johnson of Oakland is the designated hitter and bats ninth; so did Indians DH Jason Dubois — the first time in major league history each DH was in the last spot in the batting order.
    • At home, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, on Aubrey Huff’s two-out double in the 10th inning. The Red Sox set a major league record to start a season by not playing extra-innings until their 99th game.


  • August 7 - In just the fourth meeting of pitchers with the same last name since 2000, Víctor Zambrano of the New York Mets outduels Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs in front of 40,321 fans at Shea Stadium, pitching the Mets to a 6-1 win and a sweep of the three-game series. Both Zambranos entered with 42 career wins, the second time in major league history that opposing starters with the same last name came in with matching victory totals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other was on June 15, 1944, when Red Barrett of the Boston Braves and Dick Barrett of the Philadelphia Phillies each had 19 career wins. Like the Barretts, Víctor and Carlos obviously share a double feat, but the similarities don't end there. The Zambranos were both born in Venezuela, both throw with their right arm, and both wear No. 38. Besides this, it is the fourth time in modern major league history that starting pitchers with a last name beginning with Z faced each other, according to ESPN. Víctor and Carlos Zambrano have both faced Barry Zito of the Oakland Athletics.
  • August 7 - Zach Duke becomes only the second rookie in Pittsburgh Pirates history to win his first five decisions as a starter, as the Pirates pass the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4. The 22-year-old is the first Pittsburgh rookie since Whitey Glazner in 1921 to start 5-0. No Pirates rookie has been 6-0. Duke is 5-0 with 35 strikeouts and a 1.52 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched. His 0.87 ERA in July was the lowest among all major league pitchers.
  • August 9 - Down 7-2 in the top of the 9th inning, the Cleveland Indians score 11 runs against the Kansas City Royals to win the game 13-7. With 2 outs, the Royals leading by 1 and a man on base, the Indian's Jeff Liefer hits a routine fly ball to left which is dropped by outfielder Chip Ambres, allowing the tying run to score. Kansas City made 3 errors all-together in the 9th inning. To make matters worse for the Royals, it was their 11th straight loss.


  • September 12 - David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox hits his second game-winning home run in seven days to beat the host Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th inning, 6-5. That homer, Ortiz' second of the night and 40th of the season, allows him to join Carl Yastrzemski as the only players in the 105-year history of the Red Sox to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons. Yaz did it in 1969 and 1970. Ortiz also enjoys his eighth multihomer game of the season, two shy of tying a Sox record set by Jimmie Foxx in 1938.
  • September 14:
    • Andruw Jones hits his 50th home run, becoming the first major leaguer to reach that mark since 2002, in the Atlanta Braves' 12-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. It is Jones' 300th career homer, and the 28-year-old becomes the 12th player in major league history to reach that milestone before his 30th birthday.
    • David Ortiz continues campaigning for MVP honors, hitting yet another game-winning home run, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in the finale of a three-game set at the Rogers Centre. Ortiz has hit three game-deciding home runs in the last nine days – September 6 against the Angels in the bottom of the ninth inning, September 12 against Toronto in the 11th, and today in the eighth. All three have come with the game tied. Ortiz' 42d homer establishes a career high, eclipsing his 2004 total by one. It is also his 38th homer this year hit out of the DH position, surpassing Edgar Martinez' single-season record of 37 in 2000 with the Seattle Mariners.
  • September 15:
    • The St. Louis Cardinals become the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season, running away with the NL Central title division for a second straight season – their fourth title in the last six years. Jeff Suppan allows six hits over eight-plus innings and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6–1, in a game called with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after a 58-minute rain delay. The Cardinals moved into first place on April 16 and never left.
    • Staten Island, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, wins their third New York-Penn League pennant by sweeping the Auburn Doubledays in the championship series.
  • September 19 - Ian Snell pitches eight strong innings, earning his first major league win, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros 7–0 in the opener of a four-game set at PNC Park. Snell, who is making just his fourth start of the season, allows just three hits, strikes out five and walks three, while retiring the final nine batters he faces before José Mesa comes on to complete the four-hit shutout. Clemens has now pitched in every active ball park.
  • September 29:
    • The Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. Chicago has 96 victories, the best record in the American League, and is just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season.


  • October 2:
    • Both wild card berths are clinched on the final day of the regular season. The Boston Red Sox clinch their third straight wild card after the Chicago White Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 3–1, while the Houston Astros earn their second straight berth with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Boston wins 10–1 over the Yankees, entering a tie for the first place in the AL East. The Yankees win their season series with the Red Sox ten games to nine, giving New York the division title and Boston the wild card. The last three World Series champions were wild card entries.
    • Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies extends his hitting streak to 36 games, the ninth longest in major league history, with a fourth-inning single in the regular-season finale against the Washington Nationals. The streak is the longest since 1987, when Paul Molitor hit safely in 39 consecutive games. The old Phillies franchise record of 31 was set by Ed Delahanty in 1899.
    • Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon tells his team before a 7–6, 10-inning victory over the Atlanta Braves that he will not be back as manager in 2006. McKeon led Florida to the 2003 World Series title and a winning record in each of his three seasons as manager of the club. He began his managerial career in the minors 50 years ago and became the 52nd manager to earn 1,000 major-league wins on September 3.
    • Leaders. Atlanta's Andruw Jones wins his first NL home run crown with a major league-best 51, three more than the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, who wins his fourth AL HR title in five seasons. Jones becomes the first player to reach 50 homers since Rodriguez and Jim Thome in 2002. Rodriguez gives the Yankees their first home run champion since Reggie Jackson was co-leader in 1980. Houston's Roger Clemens leads the major leagues in ERA for the first time since 1990 after posting a 1.87 mark. Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs and Michael Young of the Texas Rangers win their first batting titles with .335 and .331 respectively. Boston's David Ortiz (148) and Atlanta' Andruw Jones (128) lead in RBI.
  • October 6:
    • Mark Mulder pitches shutout ball into the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals once again built an early lead, beating the San Diego Padres 6–2 for a 2-0 edge in their best-of-five NLDS.
    • In his first postseason at-bat, Brian McCann hits a three-run homer off seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, sending John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves to a 7–1 victory over the Houston Astros, tying their best-of-five NLDS at one game apiece. Another of the 18 rookies to play for the Braves this season, McCann was less than three months old when Clemens made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox in 1984. Smoltz breaks a one-day tie with Houston's Andy Pettitte to reclaim the title as the major leagues' winningest postseason pitcher, improving to 7-0 in the division series and 15-4 overall.
    • Baseball fans recognize the 2005 accomplishments of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. and New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi, voting them Comeback Players of the Year. Following four years of serious injuries, Griffey hit .301 with 35 home runs and 92 RBI. Giambi led the American League with a .440 on base percentage and 108 walks, finishing eighth with a .535 slugging percentage, and hit .271 with 32 homers and 87 RBI. In 2004 Giambi suffered several ailments, and was also dogged by the BALCO steroids scandal. The award was voted on for the first time by fans on [1]. This is the first year that the league officially has sanctioned the award. Six players from each league were nominated by the editorial staff at and representatives of the league.
  • October 9:
    • In what will go down as a true classic post-season game, rookie Chris Burke hits a walk-off home run in the 18th inning as the Houston Astros defeat the Atlanta Braves 7–6 in a record-setting NLDS Game Four in extra innings. The game sets several records, including longest postseason game ever at 18 innings, longest postseason game by time (5 hours, 50 minutes), and first postseason game with two grand slams. The Astros' 23 players used tie an all-time post-season record as well. Houston will now advance to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row to face the 2004 NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
    • The New York Yankees force an ALDS Game Five by defeating the Los Angeles Angels 3–2.
  • October 11:
    • Jim Tracy signs a three-year contract to become the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager after five mostly successful seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    • Injured ace Bartolo Colón is left off the Los Angeles Angels' roster for the American League Championship Series and will not pitch at all against the Chicago White Sox. A 21-game winner during the regular season, Colón left his start against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the Division Series after only 23 pitches because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
    • Well-rested, playing in front of a sold out home crowd and with their top pitcher José Contreras on the mound against a road-weary team, the Chicago White Sox have everything lined up for a quick start in the American League Championship Series, but lose to the Los Angeles Angels 3–2 in Game 1. The Angels traveled about 4,700 miles in a 32-hour span, becoming the first team in major league history to play three games in three cities on successive nights, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Angels lost Game 4 of the American League Division Series in New York on Sunday, won Game 5 in Anaheim on Monday and wiped out the White Sox' home-field advantage in the ALCS on Tuesday.
  • October 13:
    • Roy Oswalt works seven innings of five-hit one-run ball and Brad Lidge throws two scoreless innings in relief as the Houston Astros get past the St. Louis Cardinals 4–1. Rookie outfielder Chris Burke keeps up his unllikely postseason hitting, scoring two runs and driving in another with a two-out single. Burke came through in the Division Series with an 18th-inning walk-off home run that knocked out Atlanta, and he had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Houston's Game One loss to St. Louis. Houston evens the best-of-seven series at one game apiece and heads home for the next three contests.
  • October 18 - In Game Six of the NLCS, the Houston Astros earn their first World Series berth in 44 years of team history with a 5–1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Roy Oswalt, who also won Game Two, gives up only three hits and strikes out six Cardinals for seven innings in earning the NLCS MVP award. Houston had been 0-5 with a chance to clinch the NLCS. For the Cardinals, the loss marks the end of the season for the team that led the majors with 100 wins. It also is the final game at Busch Stadium, scheduled to be demolished by a wrecking ball to make room for St. Louis' new ballpark.
  • October 23 - The Chicago White Sox crash two of the more dramatic home runs in recent World Series history to score a 7–6 victory against the Houston Astros and take a two-games-to-none lead in the Series. Paul Konerko, who hit 40 homers in the regular season, and Scott Podsednik, who hit none, provide the fireworks. Konerko, the ALCS MVP, hits a grand slam in the seventh inning to give the White Sox a 6–4 lead. After the Astros tie the score in the ninth against Chicago closer Bobby Jenks, Podsednik smacks a 2-1 pitch from Houston closer Brad Lidge into the bleachers in right-center field to trigger a boisterous celebration.


  • November 2 - Matt Lawton of the New York Yankees is suspended for 10 days, effective for the start of the 2006 regular season, for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.




  • January 10 - Tommy Fine, 90, pitcher, briefly with the Red Sox and Browns, who in 1952 threw the only no-hitter in Caribbean World Series history
  • January 22 - César Gutiérrez, 61, Venezuelan shortstop who with the 1970 Tigers became one of three players in major league history with a 7-for-7 game
  • January 31 - Bill Voiselle, 86, All-Star pitcher for the Giants and Braves who won 21 games and led the NL in strikeouts and innings as a 1944 rookie
  • February 4 - Luis Sánchez, 51, Venezuelan relief pitcher for the Angels who led the team in saves in 1983 and 1984
  • February 13 - Nelson Briles, 61, pitcher who won 19 games for the 1968 Cardinals and pitched a 2-hitter for the Pirates in the 1971 World Series; later a broadcaster
  • March 2 - Rick Mahler, 51, pitcher for the Braves who won 17 games in 1985 and threw three Opening Day shutouts
  • March 6 - Danny Gardella, 85, left fielder for the 1944-45 Giants who was the first major leaguer to challenge baseball's reserve clause in court
  • March 6 - Chuck Thompson, 83, broadcaster for the Orioles for nearly 50 years, also with the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies
  • March 13 - Frank House, 75, catcher, primarily for the Tigers, who peaked with 15 HRs and 53 RBI in 1955
  • March 16 - Dick Radatz, 67, All-Star relief pitcher for the Red Sox who had over 20 saves in each of his first four seasons, leading the AL twice
  • March 26 - Marius Russo, 90, All-Star pitcher for the Yankees who had 2-1 victories in both the 1941 and 1943 World Series
  • March 27 - Bob Casey, 79, Minnesota Twins public address announcer for all of their 44 years


  • April 7 - Bob Kennedy, 84, outfielder and third baseman who became manager and general manager of the Cubs; hit the first grand slam in Orioles history and was also the Oakland Athletics' first manager
  • April 13 - Don Blasingame, 73, All-Star second baseman who later managed Hiroshima and Hanshin teams in Japan
  • April 23 - Earl Wilson, 70, pitcher for the Red Sox and Tigers who won 22 games in 1967; first black pitcher to throw a major league no-hitter (1962)
  • May 6 - Lee Stine, 91, pitcher, mainly for the 1936 Reds, who gave up Lou Gehrig's 14th career grand slam while with the White Sox
  • May 26 - Chico Carrasquel, 77, Venezuelan shortstop for the White Sox and Indians who became the first Latin American All-Star; later a broadcaster in his native country
  • May 30 - Juan Pedro Villamán, 46, Spanish-language Red Sox broadcaster since 1995
  • June 28 - Dick Dietz, 63, All-Star catcher for the Giants who was controversially denied first base after being hit by a Don Drysdale pitch in 1968, extending Drysdale's streak of scoreless innings


  • July 13 - Mickey Owen, 89, All-Star catcher for three NL teams, best known for a dropped third strike in the 1941 World Series; jumped to the Mexican League as a player-manager in 1946, and later became a coach and scout
  • July 30 - Ray Cunningham, 100, reserve third baseman for the 1931-32 Cardinals, and the oldest living major leaguer
  • August 8 - Gene Mauch, 79, winningest manager (1,901 victories) in major league history who never won a pennant, falling achingly short with the Phillies in 1964 and the Angels in 1982 and 1986; known for emphasis on fundamentals, also managed Expos and Twins
  • August 11 - Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, 103, All-Star pitcher and catcher of the Negro Leagues who played for more than 15 teams between the late 1920s and the early 1950s
  • September 10 - Charlie Williams, 61, umpire from 1982 to 2000, mainly in the National League, who in 1993 became the first black umpire to work home plate in the World Series
  • September 16 - John McMullen, 87, owner of the Houston Astros from 1979 to 1992, during which time the team made its first three playoff appearances
  • September 17 - Donn Clendenon, 70, first baseman for four NL teams who was the MVP of the Mets' 1969 World Series victory, hitting three home runs
  • September 20 - Joe Bauman, 83, first baseman in the minor leagues whose 72 home runs for the 1954 Roswell Rockets were an organized baseball record until 2001; retired with 337 career HRs


  • October 2 - Pat Kelly, 61, All-Star outfielder for five AL teams who stole 30 bases three times and batted .364 in the 1979 ALCS with the Orioles
  • October 9 - Tom Cheek, 66, Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play announcer from the team's formation in 1977 through 2004
  • October 15 - Al Widmar, 80, pitcher for the Red Sox, Browns and White Sox; became a minor league manager, and pitching coach with the Phillies and Blue Jays
  • October 18 - Bill King, 78, radio voice of the Oakland Athletics for 25 years (1981–2005)
  • October 18 - Hal Lebovitz, 89, sportswriter for the Cleveland News and Plain Dealer for over 40 years; also wrote for The Sporting News
  • October 23 - Harry Dalton, 77, general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers from 1966 to 1991
  • October 28 - Bob Broeg, 87, sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Sporting News from 1945 to 1995
  • October 30 - Al Lopez, 97, Hall of Famer who set a major league record for career games as a catcher (1,918), almost entirely in the NL, and managed the Cleveland Indians (1954) and Chicago White Sox (1959) to the only non-Yankee AL pennants between 1949 and 1964
  • November 16 - Sandalio (Sandy) Consuegra, 85, All-Star pitcher who posted a 16-3 record with the 1954 White Sox
  • November 29 - Vic Power, 78, Puerto Rican All-Star first baseman for the Athletics, Indians and Twins who won seven Gold Gloves, batted .300 three times and led AL in triples in 1958
  • December 3 - Herb Moford, 77, pitcher for four teams, most notably the 1958 Tigers
  • December 21 - Elrod Hendricks, 64, catcher and coach for the Orioles from 1968 through 2005 who batted .364 and made a disputed defensive play in the 1970 World Series
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