From 1969 through '83, the Orioles' record in Greater September was 295-160, for a .648 percentage. Take away last season's 8-24 finish, and Earl Weaver's managerial record was 301-181 in the season's final month.
SULTANS OF THE STRETCH
1) Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox, 1967. Batted .419 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 27 September-October games. Said Boston manager Dick Williams, "For one month he was the greatest player who ever lived."
2) Babe Ruth, Yankees, 1927. Hit 17 homers in September to finish with 60.
3) Pete Rose, Reds, 1979. Hit .421, with 51 hits in the final month—even though faced with both a paternity suit and divorce proceedings.
The 1916 Giants won 26 consecutive games (all of them at home), from Sept. 7 to 30, before finally losing. Still, they finished fourth—seven games behind the Dodgers. Talk about this year's Brewers being streaky: That year New York also had a 17-game winning streak (all on the road); that means half of its 86 wins came in two streaks.
BEST HOME RUNS
1) Bobby Thomson, Giants, 1951. The Shot Heard 'Round the World.
2) Gabby Hartnett, Cubs, 1938. His Homer in the Gloamin'—a shot in the dark in the bottom of the ninth against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28—put the Cubs in first to stay.
3) Bucky Dent, Yankees, 1978. Hello, Wall.