Tiebreaker Playoff Games
There have been 13 times that two teams ended the regular season in a tie and needed an additional game (or games) to determine postseason participation. All of the American League ones have been a single game, while the National League staged a best of three series through 1962, after which it switched to the single game format. These games are truly “playoff” games to be distinguished from the consistent MLB designation of “postseason” for the current multiple series procedure (Division Series, League Championship Series, World Series).
The games for eleven of these thirteen seasons are already on the Retrosheet site, since these playoff games are considered part of the regular season and all individual records from them count in the regular season totals. (Eddie Mathews passed Ernie Banks for the NL home run title in a 1959 playoff game and in 2007 Matt Holliday used his playoff game to pass Ryan Howard for the NL RBI leadership). These games comprise an interesting set and therefore this page was prepared to provide the details for all of them in one place. The links below are of two types: 1) For the games played in 1951 and more recently, the connection is to games already on the site; 2) For 1946 and 1948, the box score and play by play accounts are presented in a slightly different format since they are not part of a fully released season.
1946 (Playoff for NL Pennant)
1948 (Playoff for AL Pennant)
1951 (Playoff for NL Pennant)
1959 (Playoff for NL Pennant)
1962 (Playoff for NL Pennant)
10-02 Yankees at Red Sox (Playoff for AL East Championship)
10-06 Astros at Dodgers (Playoff for NL West Championship)
10-02 Angels at Mariners (Playoff for Division Championship)
9-28 Giants at Cubs (Playoff for Wild Card)
10-04 Mets at Reds (Playoff for Wild Card)
10-01 Padres at Rockies (Playoff for Wild Card)
9-30 Twins at White Sox (Playoff for Division Championship)
10-06 Tigers at Twins (Playoff for Division Championship)
Page Updated: 3/21/2011
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