2001 Baseball Season Highlights
- 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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