2001 Baseball Season Highlights
The 2001 baseball season was full of surprises -- both good and bad. The nation and the game were shocked by the events of September 11, but then found comfort in an exciting postseason featuring the Yankees and the Diamondbacks. Below, you will find the highlights from the 2001 baseball season:
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- Arizona beats St. Louis in a thrilling Division Series that ends on Tony Womack's bloop single in game five.
- The Braves allow only six runs in their National League DS sweep of Houston.
- The Yankees shock the A's in their American League DS matchup by becoming the first team to win a postseason series after losing the first two at home.
- The Indians take the mighty Mariners to the limit in their Division Series, but they lose game five 3-1 to Jamie Moyer and three relievers.
- The Yankees wipe away the Mariners in a surprisingly easy five-game ALCS.
Lenny Harris broke Manny
Mota's pinch hit record
in the 2001 season.
- Lenny Harris of the Mets collects his 151st career pinch hit on October 6 to break Manny Mota's old record.
- Diamondbacks down the Braves in five NLCS games. Randy Johnson pitches a shutout in game one.
- In the 2001 World Series, Arizona takes a 2-1 lead in games before New York stages two miracle comebacks.
- After Tino Martinez's two-out, ninth-inning homer ties game four of the 2001 World Series, Derek Jeter's tenth-inning bomb wins it.
- Scott Brosius's two-out, ninth-inning blast ties game five of the 2001 World Series. The Yankees win in the 12th on Alfonso Soriano's RBI single.
- Facing elimination in game six, the Diamondbacks come back to thrash the sloppy Yankees 15-2.
- Down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth of game seven, Arizona rallies for two runs to shock the Yankees 3-2.
- Johnson and Curt Schilling share 2001 World Series MVP honors. Johnson wins three games, while Schilling allows only four runs in three starts.
- Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series in just their fourth year of existence, the quickest that any team has won a championship in major league baseball history.
- As a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks, no major league games are played for a week while minor league playoffs are canceled.
- When baseball returns on September 17, "God Bless America" replaces "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as the seventh-inning sing-along at ballparks everywhere.
- Seattle finishes the regular season with a spectacular 116-46 record. The Mariners' win total sets an American League record and ties the 1906 Cubs for the major league mark.
- With Houston's win over National League Central rival St. Louis on the season's final day, both teams finish with 93-69 records. The Astros earn the division crown thanks to a 9-7 head-to-head record against the Cardinals.
- Barry Bonds of San Francisco belts 73 homers to break Mark McGwire's major league mark.
- Bonds's record-shattering 71st tater comes off the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park on October 5 at PacBell Park.
- Bonds also sets major league records for slugging (.863) and walks (177). His .515 on-base percentage is the highest in a season since 1957.
- Bonds wins his record fourth National League MVP Award.
- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first to win ROTY and MVP honors in the same season since 1975.
- Suzuki captures the American League bat crown with a .350 average and collects 242 hits, the highest total in the major leagues since 1930. The speedy right fielder also paces the majors with 56 stolen bases.
- Roger Clemens of the Yankees finishes with a 20-3 record and earns a record sixth American League Cy Young Award.
- Clemens parlays 16 consecutive victories into a 20-1 start.
- Randy Johnson (21-6) wins his fourth Cy Young Award.
- Johnson paces the bigs in ERA (2.49) and strikeouts (372).
- Rickey Henderson of the Padres scores his 2,246th run on October 4 to break Ty Cobb's major league record.
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