This Day in Failure: October 26

2008: Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies, a 2-for-31 career hitter, slugs a home run en route to beating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 in game 4 of the World Series. It's the first time in 24 years that a pitcher hits a home run in the Fall Classic. After the game, Blanton says: “I'm not a hitter. I ... close my eyes and swing as hard as I can, just in case I make contact.”

2008: Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Connecticut, dies after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield (Connecticut) Sportsman’s Club.

1996: After 88 days of intensive investigation and media scrutiny, security guard Richard Jewell is cleared by federal prosecuters as a suspect in Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing.

1986: During the tenth inning of the sixth game of the World Series against the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner lets an easy ground ball dribble between his legs, allowing Ray Knight to score and forcing a decisive Game 7 that would be won by the Mets. Boston goes on to end its 86-year World Series drought in 2004.

1984: John McCollum, 19, of Indio, California, commits suicide while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Oz, an album that includes the song “Suicide Solution.” McCollum’s parents file a lawsuit claiming that the song's lyrics induced their son to shoot himself, but the lawsuit is dismissed in 1988 when a California court rules that John’s suicide was not a foreseeable result of the song.