On this day: October 3

Published: Oct 03 2012 01:53:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Bobby Thomson hits the "shot heard 'round the world," Woody Guthrie passes away, Germany comes together, and O.J. Simpson is found not guilty, all on this day.

OTD October 3 - Dennis Eckersley
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1954: Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Dennis Eckersley, who became the first of only two pitchers in major-league history to have both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in a career, is born in Oakland, Calif. Eckersley saved 390 games in his career, won the American League's Cy Young Award and MVP in 1992, and helped the Oakland Athletics to a World Series championship in 1989.

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