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2001 Baseball Season

More 2001 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 2001 baseball season, including Sammy Sosa's 64 homers and Tim Raines Sr. and Jr. appearing in the same game.

  • Rickey Henderson breaks Babe Ruth's walk record of 2,062 on April 24. He also collects his 3,000th hit on the season's final day.

  • Sammy Sosa of the Cubs smashes 64 homers and paces the majors with 146 runs and 160 RBI.

  • Colorado's Larry Walker captures his third batting crown in four years with a .350 mark.

  • Arizona's Curt Schilling wins 22 games to tie for the National League lead. He finishes second among National League hurlers in ERA (2.98) and strikeouts (293).

  • Cardinals ace Matt Morris wins 22 games to tie Schilling for the National League lead.

  • Seattle's Freddy Garcia leads the American League in ERA at 3.05.

  • Boston's Hideo Nomo paces the American League in strikeouts (220).

  • Nomo throws a no-hitter against the Orioles on April 4.

  • Oakland lefty Mark Mulder paces the American League in wins with 21.

  • Yankees closer Mariano Rivera collects a major league-leading 50 saves.

  • Colorado's Juan Pierre ties for the National League lead with 46 stolen bases.

  • Rookie shortstop Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies swipes 46 sacks to tie for the National League lead.

  • Luis Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks clubs 57 home runs, 26 more than he had previously hit in a season.

  • Todd Helton cracks .336 with 49 homers and 146 RBI, but the Rockies still finish last in the National League West.

  • St. Louis's Albert Pujols wins the National League 2001 ROTY Award and finishes fourth in MVP balloting.

  • Pujols rips .329 with 37 homers, 47 doubles, and 130 RBI.

  • Suzuki's 2001 MVP win over Oakland's Jason Giambi is one of the closest votes ever.

  • Giambi leads the American League in doubles (47), walks (129), on-base percentage (.477), and slugging (.660). He places second to Suzuki in batting (.342).

  • Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez leads the American League with 52 home runs (an major league record for a shortstop) and 133 runs scored.

  • Seattle second baseman Bret Boone leads the American League in RBI with 141.

  • Three icons of the 1980s and 1990s -- Tony Gwynn, McGwire, and Cal Ripken -- choose to retire.

  • Spending most of the year on the disabled list, Gwynn collects only 33 of his 3,141 career hits.

  • McGwire leaves the game with 583 home runs, fifth on the all-time list, but hits only .187 with 29 dingers in 2001.

  • Ripken retires with 3,184 hits, 14th all-time.

  • Florida's A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres on May 12, walking nine men and plunking another in the process.

  • Cardinals rookie Bud Smith no-hits San Diego on September 3.

  • L.A.'s Shawn Green clubs 49 homers.

  • Juan Gonzalez of the Indians bats in 140 runs.

  • Baltimore's Tim Raines Sr. and Tim Raines Jr. appear in the same game on October 3, becoming the second father-son duo ever to do so (Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr.).

  • Milwaukee establishes a major league record by striking out 1,399 times. Three Brewers total at least 150 whiffs.

  • The Brewers draw 2,811,041 fans to new Miller Park, which features a retractable dome.

  • Pittsburgh's PNC Park also opens, but the Pirates finish at 62-100.

  • Colorado's Mike Hampton ties a National League pitcher record by bashing seven home runs. He bats .291 with a .582 slugging percentage.

  • Just 38-42 on July 1, the Athletics go 64-18 over their final 82 games and capture the American League wildcard.

  • Houston's Lance Berkman cracks .331-34-126 and leads the majors with 55 doubles.

  • Pittsburgh reserve Craig Wilson bombs seven pinch-hit homers to tie the all-time single-season record.

  • Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame.

  • Two days after the World Series, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announces plans to eliminate at least two small-market teams.

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