1893100 YEARS AGOOctober 14In an attempt to increase offense, former player and manager Harry Wright suggests that umpires keep the ball-strike count secret until the at bat is concluded. Despite this, Wright, who managed the undefeated 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings and is credited with introducing the practice of one fielder's backing up another, will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.
10 YEARS AGO
With two outs in the ninth, Kansas City third baseman George Brett hits a two-run homer to give the Royals a 5-4 lead over the Yankees. But when New Yorkmanager Billy Martin points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat exceeds the 18 inches allowed by the rules, the umpires call Brett out and the Yankees are awarded the win. League president Lee McPhail then overrules the umpires. The game is resumed on Aug. 18, and 16 pitches later the Royals are 5-4 winners.