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  • 1932 — 1932 - Babe Ruth, as legend has it, calls his home run against Chicago Cubs pitcher Charlie Root in the 5th inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees, 7 - 5, at Wrigley Field. Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit two homers for the Yankees.
  • 2012 — The Athletics crown an improbable playoff run by defeating the Rangers, 4 - 3, securing at least a wild card spot in the American League. They can still win the AL West crown if they defeat the Rangers in their last three games. The Athletics had traded away two All-Star starters during the off-season, then lost their only three experienced starting pitchers - Bartolo Colon, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson - during the season, going with an all-rookie starting rotation during an 8-4 run that clinched the playoff slot.

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