This Day In Sports History (October 18th) — Nate Thurmond
This Day In Sports History (October 19th) — Blue Monday
It was on this day in 1981 that the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos 2-1 in Game 5 of the N.L.C.S. With the win, the Dodgers advanced to the World Series where they would take on the New York Yankees.
The 1981 baseball season was cut short due to a players strike, resulting in a change to the playoff system. Teams that finished atop of their division in the first and second halves of the season advanced to the postseason. The Dodgers advanced to the N.L.C.S. after beating the Houston Astros in five games, while the Expos got there by defeating the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies, also in five games.
Just like in games 1 to 4, the starting pitching dominated Game 5, as Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers and Ray Burris of Montreal pitched great and the game went to the ninth inning tied at one. With none on and two out, Los Angeles center fielder Rick Monday hit a solo home run, which proved to be the game winner. With the game being held on a Monday and a player by the same name winning the game, Expos fans have referred to the game as “Blue Monday.”
Here is Rick Monday saving the American flag.
Tim Belcher, MLB – Born October 19th 1961 (age 51) in Mount Gilead, Ohio
Evander Holyfield, Boxing – Born October 19th 1962 (age 50) in Atmore, Alabama
Michael Young, MLB – Born October 19th 1976 (age 36) in Covina, California