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  • 1926 - "Ruth, by Losing 36 Baseballs, Breaks Up Game in Montreal." The barnstorming Babe Ruth and his buddy Urban Shocker are the Yankee ringers infiltrating an exhibition game north of the border. The Associated Press reports: "Babe Ruth stopped a perfectly good ball game here today when, knocking thirty-six balls out of the grounds, he forced the game to be called shortly after the start of the 9th inning because the management had no more spheres. Ruth enjoyed a Roman holiday to the delight of 3,000 fans, who braved a chilling wind to see the home-run hero's mighty bat give Guybourg a 4 to 3 victory over Beaurivage. Ruth's performance included two home runs. He also played shortstop, first base, pitched and umpired."
  • 1974 - The Oakland Athletics defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 - 2, to win their third straight World Series. Joe Rudi's 7th-inning home run provides the winning margin. The Athletics join the New York Yankees as the only franchises in major league history to win three straight titles.

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