Vol MMXIII, No 283
October 10, 2011
Nelson Cruz hits Walk-off Grand Slam in the ALCS
Cruz Make MLB History
On this date in 2011, Texas Ranger right fielder, Nelson Cruz hit a Grand Slam in the 11th inning to clinch the second game of the 2011 American League Championship Series in Arlington.
The Rangers trailed the game until a 7th inning solo homerun by Cruz tied the game with the Detroit Tigers. Then in the 9th inning, Cruz was hit in his ribs by a pitch knocking him to the ground in pain. He was helped to first based, but eventually, the Rangers were retired with no additional runs. The playoff game went into extra innings.
By the 11th inning, Cruz was back at the plate, this time with the bases loaded, and the game still tied at 3-3. Then, as if to set things right for being hit in the 9th, Cruz took a huge swing, and launch the ball into left, just clearing the left field fowl pole. Four runs came home, and the Rangers won Game 2 of the ALCS, 7-3.
As it turned out, Cruz was the first player in Major League Baseball playoff history, to hit a walk-off grand-slam.
Sam Houston Normal Institute opens
On this date in 1879, Sam Houston Normal Institute, later to become Sam Houston State University, is opened in Huntsville. SHNI is the first tax supported school in Texas for training Teachers.