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2003 Baseball Season

2003 Baseball Season Highlights
Kevin Millwood pitches the only no-hitter of the season. See more baseball seasons pictures.

The 2003 baseball season was a year of dashed hopes for teams that had been left out of the World Series for decades. While it looked like the Red Sox and the Cubs had a shot, the all-too-familiar Yankees and surprising Marlins were the feature at the 2003 World Series. Below, you will find the highlights from the 2003 baseball season:

  • Wildcard winner Boston defeats Oakland in a nail-biting five game ALDS.
  • New York beats Minnesota easily in a four-game ALDS. The Twins score just three times in the final three games.
  • Florida upsets San Francisco to win their NLDS in four games.
  • The Cubs upend the favored Braves in a five-game NLDS.
  • The Marlins, down three games to one, come back to defeat the Cubs in the NLCS.
  • The Yankees win a thrilling seven-game ALCS over the luckless Red Sox, as Aaron Boone ends it with an 11th-inning homer.
  • The Marlins capture their second World Series title in their 11-year history, defeating the Yankees in six games.
  • The Marlins take the title despite hitting just .232 and being outscored 21-17 by New York.
  • Philadelphia's Kevin Millwood throws the year's only individual no-hitter, on April 27 against San Francisco.
  • Brad Penny wins two games for Florida in the fall classic, and Josh Beckett throws a five-hit shutout in the clincher.
  • Jack McKeon, who takes over the Marlins' helm in May, is at age 72 the oldest manager ever to win a World Series.
  • Barry Bonds of the Giants is named National League MVP for the sixth time -- and the third year in a row.
  • Bonds leads the National League in both SA (.749) and OBP (.529) for the third consecutive season. He logs 148 walks (61 intentional) in 130 games.
  • Bonds's father, Bobby Bonds, a former Giants star, dies of cancer on August 23.
  • Cubs righty Kerry Wood leads the National League with 266 strikeouts.
  • Wood's 21 hit batsmen are the most by a major league pitcher since 1969.
  • Atlanta's Russ Ortiz (21-7) is the National League's only 20-game winner.
  • San Francisco's Jason Schmidt leads the National League in ERA (2.34) and win pct. (.773).
  • Alex Rodriguez of the Rangers becomes the first American League player to win the MVP Award while playing for a last-place club.
  • A-Rod tops the American League in homers (47), runs (124), and slugging (.600).
  • Dodgers closer Eric Gagne saves 55 games in 55 chances and takes National League Cy Young honors.
  • Gagne blows the save in the All-Star Game, allowing Ranger Hank Blalock's game-winning homer.
  • Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays wins 15 consecutive decisions en route to a 22-7 record and the American League Cy Young Award.
  • Albert Pujols of St. Louis wins the 2003 National League batting title, edging Colorado's Todd Helton by one point, .359 to .358.
  • Pujols also leads the National League in hits (212), runs (137), doubles (51), and TBs (394). He amasses 43 homers and 124 RBI.
  • Preston Wilson of the Rockies paces the National League with 141 RBI.
  • Houston first baseman Jeff Bagwell cracks his 400th homer on July 20.
  • Jim Thome of the Phillies clubs a National League-high 47 homers but fans a league-high 182 times.
  • Switch-hitting Bill Mueller of the Red Sox cops the 2003 American League bat crown at .326.
  • Mueller clouts grand slams from both sides of the plate at Texas on July 29, becoming the first major league player ever to do so.
  • Boston's Pedro Martinez leads the American League in ERA (2.22).
  • Oakland's Keith Foulke paces American League relievers with 43 saves.
  • Toronto's Vernon Wells leads the American League in hits (215), doubles (49), and total bases (373).

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