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1995 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (3) Mike Hargrove 100–44, .694, GA: 30
Boston Red Sox (0) Kevin Kennedy 86–58, .597, GA: 7
Dates: October 3–October 6
Television: NBC (Games 1–2)
ABC (Game 3)
TV announcers: Bob Costas, Bob Uecker (Games 1–2)
Steve Zabriskie, Tommy Hutton (Game 3)
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: John Rooney, Jeff Torborg
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Seattle Mariners (3) Lou Piniella 79–66, .545, GA: 1
New York Yankees (2) Buck Showalter 79–65, .549, GB: 7
Dates: October 3–October 8
Television: NBC (Games 1–2)
ABC (Games 3–5)
TV announcers: Gary Thorne, Tommy Hutton (Games 1–2)
Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat (Games 3–5)
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: Ernie Harwell, Al Downing
Umpires: Tim Welke, John Hirschbeck, Joe Brinkman, Rocky Roe, Dan Morrison (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2; Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5)
Don Denkinger (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2), Jim Evans (Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5),
Mike Reilly, Dale Scott, Jim McKean, Larry McCoy, Rich Garcia, Jim Joyce (Mariners–Yankees, Games 1–2; Red Sox–Indians, Game 3)
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The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined—a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field "advantage" was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel. The Red Sox played the Indians, rather than the wild card Yankees, because the Red Sox and Yankees are in the same division. Had the 1995 ALDS been played under the post-1997 arrangement, then Cleveland (1) would've played against New York (4) and Boston (2)would've faced Seattle (3).

The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Indians became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.




Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

Cleveland wins the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 3 Boston Red Sox – 4, Cleveland Indians – 5 (13 innings) Jacobs Field 5:01 44,218[1]
2 October 4 Boston Red Sox – 0, Cleveland Indians – 4 Jacobs Field 2:33 44,264[2] 
3 October 6 Cleveland Indians – 8, Boston Red Sox – 2 Fenway Park 3:18 34,211[3]

Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees

Seattle wins the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 3 Seattle Mariners – 6, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:38 57,178[4]
2 October 4 Seattle Mariners – 5, New York Yankees – 7 (15 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 5:12 57,126[5] 
3 October 6 New York Yankees – 4, Seattle Mariners – 7 Kingdome 3:04 57,944[6] 
4 October 7 New York Yankees – 8, Seattle Mariners – 11 Kingdome 4:08 57,180[7] 
5 October 8 New York Yankees – 5, Seattle Mariners – 6 (11 innings) Kingdome 4:19 57,411[8]

Boston vs. Cleveland

Game 1, October 3

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 2
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 10 2

WP: Ken Hill (1–0)  LP: Zane Smith (0–1)  
HRs:  BOS – John Valentin (1), Luis Alicea (1), Tim Naehring (1)  CLE – Albert Belle (1), Tony Peña (1)

After a 39-minute rain delay, Game 1 got underway with two veterans, Roger Clemens and Dennis Martínez, starting the opener. The Red Sox jumped in front first in the third on John Valentin's two run homer. With Clemens pitching masterfully against the Major's best lineup, many believed Game 1 might belong to the Sox. But the Indians rallied against Clemens in the sixth with a two run double by Albert Belle that tied the game and a hit by Eddie Murray that scored Belle. But Luis Alicea's eighth inning homer sent the game into extra innings. Tim Naehring would give the Red Sox the lead in the eleventh with a solo homer. But Belle's leadoff homer tied the game in the bottom half. The Indians would put the winning run in scoring position later in the inning but failed to come through. In the bottom of the thirteenth, fifteen-year veteran Tony Peña hit the game winning homer with two outs. It was the Indians' first postseason win since the clinching Game 6 in the 1948 World Series.

Game 2, October 4

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 4 2

WP: Orel Hershiser (1–0)  LP: Erik Hanson (0–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Eddie Murray (1)

Game 2 featured an unlikely matchup between Erik Hanson and Orel Hershiser. Both pitchers were on even turns until the Indians broke through in the fifth with Omar Vizquel's two-run double. It remained 2–0 until the eighth when the Indians put the game away on Eddie Murray's two-run homer. That gave the Indian bullpen a comfortable 4–0 lead in the ninth. Hanson went the distance in a losing effort. Hershiser struck out seven and allowed only three hits in 7+13 innings.

Game 3, October 6

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 11 2
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1

WP: Charles Nagy (1–0)  LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Jim Thome (1)

Charles Nagy faced postseason veteran Tim Wakefield in the potential clincher. In the top of the second, Jim Thome gave the Tribe the lead with a two-run homer. Then a bases loaded walk in the third made it 3–0. In the fourth, the Red Sox got a run on a sac fly but in the sixth the Indians looked to put the game away. The Tribe scored five runs in an inning that would be highlighted by Omar Vizquel's two-run single. The Red Sox would get a run on a fielder's choice but Paul Assenmacher would pitch a scoreless ninth to end the series.

Composite box

1995 ALDS (3–0): Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Cleveland Indians 0 2 1 0 2 8 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 17 25 6
Boston Red Sox 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 21 4
Total attendance: 122,693   Average attendance: 40,898

Seattle vs. New York

Many consider this to be one of the greatest division series of all time. Both teams finished the strike-shortened 1995 season with 79 wins. The Seattle Mariners were making their postseason debut on the strength of an amazing divisional comeback. The New York Yankees made it to the postseason for the first time since losing in the 1981 World Series, and the only time with Don Mattingly on their roster, as the AL Wild Card. The series featured at least ten runs per game and two extra-inning games. Ken Griffey, Jr. was the star, hitting five home runs. The total amount of home runs from both teams at the end of the series totaled 22, a record for a postseason series despite only having five games.

Griffey also was one of two key participants in perhaps the most iconic moment ever for Mariners fans, DH Edgar Martínez's two-run double in the bottom of the eleventh inning of Game 5, on which Griffey scored the winning run from first base. The result of the series, and what became known as "The Double," is considered a redemptive moment for long-suffering Mariners fans, and often credited with ensuring that Major League Baseball remained in Seattle.

Seattle's win marked the fourth time in history that an expansion team won its first postseason series, after the New York Mets in 1969, Montreal in 1981, and San Diego in 1984. Florida and Tampa Bay have since accomplished the same feat.

The format of this series and the one in the NL was similar to that of the League Championship Series prior to 1985, a five game set wherein the first two games were played at one stadium and the last three at the other. This was much criticized as the team with homefield advantage had their games back ended. At the same time a team with two games often preferred them in the middle as opposed to three straight in the opposing team's ballpark. The highly unpopular format was later abandoned for the present more logical 2–2–1 format.

Even though the Yankees made it to the post-season for the first time since 1981, they had the best record in the American League in 1994 when the strike took away their postseason chances.[9][10] Yankees Manager Buck Showalter sat in "admitted misery"[11] throughout that fall, as he "ached for Mattingly, the one player he believed deserved a postseason more than anyone else in the game."[11] Mattingly had led active players in games played without ever appearing in the postseason and in at bats without ever appearing in the postseason then.[10][11]

Game 1, October 3

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 6 9 0
New York 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 1 X 9 13 0

WP: David Cone (1–0)  LP: Jeff Nelson (0–1)  
HRs:  SEA – Ken Griffey, Jr. 2 (2)  NYY – Wade Boggs (1), Rubén Sierra (1)

Don Mattingly finally made it to the postseason in what would be his final games. Chris Bosio faced David Cone in Game 1. The game remained scoreless into the bottom of the third. Wade Boggs stepped to the plate with Randy Velarde on first and sent a two-run homer into the night to make it 2–0 Yankees. But Ken Griffey, Jr. led the top of the fourth off with a homer of his own to cut the lead in half. Then in the sixth the Mariners managed to load the bases against Cone and force him to walk Dan Wilson to tie the game at two. But two RBI singles made it 4–2 Yankees in the bottom half. But Griffey's second home run tied the game when he sent one into the bleachers with one man on in the seventh. But the Yankees put together a four-run seventh inning, which was capped off by a two-run homer by Rubén Sierra. The Yankees added another run but the Mariners refused to concede in the ninth. They put the tying run to the plate after scoring two runs but failed to tie the game with a homer as John Wetteland narrowly recorded the save.

Game 2, October 4

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 16 2
New York 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 11 0

WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)  LP: Tim Belcher (0–1)  
HRs:  SEA – Vince Coleman (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (3)  NYY – Rubén Sierra (2), Don Mattingly (1), Paul O'Neill (1), Jim Leyritz (1)

In what was, at the time, the longest playoff game in terms of elapsed time, both teams would battle back and forth. Andy Benes and Andy Pettitte would start this classic playoff game. On the strength of a surprising Vince Coleman home run, the Mariners jumped out in front in the third. With the game moving quickly, the Yankees responded with a Bernie Williams RBI double that tied the game in the fifth. But the Mariners would take their second lead of the night when Tino Martinez singled home Edgar Martínez in the top of the sixth. However, that lead wouldn't stand as Benes allowed back-to-back homers to Rubén Sierra and Don Mattingly in the bottom half. That would put an end to Benes' night. However, the Mariners would reclaim the lead for the third time with an RBI hit by Luis Sojo and a sac fly by Ken Griffey, Jr. in the seventh. But Paul O'Neill would homer to tie the game in the bottom half of the seventh. The game moved to extra innings and in the twelfth the Mariners recaptured the lead once more with a homer by Griffey. But in the bottom of the twelfth, the Yankees rallied. With two men on, Rubén Sierra hit a double, scoring Jorge Posada to tie the game, but Williams was thrown out at the plate. Finally, in the bottom of the fifteenth, Jim Leyritz ended the game with a two-run walk-off home run. This game is considered by many to be one of the greatest games in Division Series history.

Game 3, October 6

Kingdome in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 6 2
Seattle 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 X 7 7 0

WP: Randy Johnson (1–0)  LP: Jack McDowell (0–1)  SV: Norm Charlton (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Bernie Williams 2 (2), Mike Stanley (1)  SEA – Tino Martinez (1)

It was the first ever Major League Baseball postseason game in Seattle and both teams pitched their best for Game 3. Jack McDowell faced Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson. Johnson allowed a Bernie Williams homer to make it 1–0 Yankees in the fourth. But Tino Martinez's two-run shot made it 2–1 Mariners in the fifth. In the sixth, the Mariners built a commanding five-run lead off a weakened Yankee bullpen. Four straight RBI at-bats sent the Yankees packing. The Yankees would scratch out a run in the seventh on a sac fly but the Mariners would respond with a run of their own on Randy Velarde's error. After back-to-back homers to lead off the eighth, the Yankees were within three runs. But Norm Charlton would shut the door on Game 3 and give Seattle their first ever postseason win.

Game 4, October 7

Kingdome in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 14 1
Seattle 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 5 X 11 16 0

WP: Norm Charlton (1–0)  LP: John Wetteland (0–1)  SV: Bill Risley (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Paul O'Neill (2)  SEA – Edgar Martínez 2 (2), Ken Griffey, Jr. (4), Jay Buhner (1)

Scott Kamieniecki faced Chris Bosio in Game 4. The Yankees came out swinging in the first as they put three runs on the board on a sac fly and a two run single by Don Mattingly. In the third, the Yanks got two more on Paul O'Neill's two-run homer. Bosio was finished, pitching only two-plus innings. The Yankees were poised to take the series but the Mariners would refuse to go quietly again. In the bottom of the third, Edgar Martínez's three-run homer energized the crowd and gave the Mariners new life. Later in the inning, Luis Sojo's sac fly would make it a one-run game. In the fifth, Mattingly's error allowed the Mariners to tie the game and complete a five-run comeback. Then in the sixth, with Sterling Hitchcock pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr.'s homer gave the Mariners a 6–5 edge. In the eighth, Norm Charlton's wild pitch allowed the Yankees to tie the game at six. John Wetteland was called on to keep the game tied for the Yankees. But he would load the bases with nobody out for Edgar Martínez. Martinez would then hit a grand slam, giving him seven RBIs and the Mariners a 10–6 lead. Then Jay Buhner's homer later in the inning put the Mariners on top 11–6. The Yankees, however, refused to die and scratched out two runs. They would put the tying run at the plate in the person of Bernie Williams. But Williams would fly out to center to set up Game 5.

Game 5, October 8

Kingdome in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 0
Seattle 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 15 0

WP: Randy Johnson (2–0)  LP: Jack McDowell (0–2)  
HRs:  NYY – Paul O'Neill (3)  SEA – Joey Cora (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (5)

Andy Benes and David Cone were sent to the mound for the biggest game of their teams' seasons. Joey Cora struck the first blow with a solo home run to make it 1–0 Mariners in the bottom of the third. Paul O'Neill would answer with a two-run home run to make it 2–1 Yankees in the top of the fourth. Jay Buhner's RBI single tied the game in the bottom half. In the sixth, Don Mattingly hit a two-run double that seemingly put the Yankees out in front for good. It was 4–2 in the bottom of the eighth and time was running out. With five outs to go and Cone still pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr. homered to make it a one-run game. Then the Mariners would load the bases and force Cone to walk in a run to tie the game at four. Both teams blew chances in the ninth with two men on to score the potential series winning run. Starters Jack McDowell and Randy Johnson came in the game in rare relief appearances in extra innings. The game moved to extra innings and in the top of the eleventh, Randy Velarde singled home pinch runner Pat Kelly to put the Yankees up by one and three outs away from a pennant-clinching contest. But Cora dragged a bunt down the first base line that stayed fair in the bottom half to lead things off. Then Griffey singled to put runners on first and third. Then Edgar Martínez walked the series off by hitting the series winning two run double to left field, sending the Mariners to the 1995 American League Championship Series.

Composite box

1995 ALDS (3–2): Seattle Mariners over New York Yankees

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Seattle Mariners 0 0 6 2 3 7 5 7 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 35 63 2
New York Yankees 3 0 4 3 1 6 6 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 33 50 3
Total attendance: 286,839   Average attendance: 57,368

Series quotes

Oh man, oh man, Tony Peña on 3 and 0! Sends everybody home! Tony Peña spells good night! And this team that won 27 games in its final at-bat, that had 48 come-from-behind wins, that was 13–0 in extra inning games...did all those things...when Tony Peña connected.
Bob Costas, calling the walk-off home run by Tony Peña in Game 1, Cleveland vs. Boston
(before the pitch) The fans want a dinger out of him...This one by Mattingly, OH HANG ON TO THE ROOF...GOODBYE, HOME RUN! DON MATTINGLY!!!
Gary Thorne after Don Mattingly's first and only playoff Home Run in his last game at Yankee Stadium.
Oh yeah, tied game, Paul O'Neill, GOODBYE!!!!
Gary Thorne calling Paul O'Neill's game-tying home run off Norm Charlton in Game 2 vs. Mariners.
Line drive, we are tied! Griffey is coming around! He's going to try and score! Here's the throw from Bernie...Here's the division championship! Mariners win it, Mariners win it!!!
Brent Musburger calling the call of the series winning hit by Edgar Martínez.
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The stretch and the 0–1 pitch on the way to Edgar Martínez—swung on and lined down the left field line for a base hit! Here comes Joey! Here is Junior to third base—they're gonna wave'm in! The throw to the plate will be LATE—the Mariners are going to play for the American League Championship! I don't believe it! It just continues—my oh my! Edgar Martínez with a double, ripped down the left field line and they are going crazy at the Kingdome. The Mariners will play for the American League Championship beginning on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians. My friends I do know this, that Cleveland has the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, but they will know nothing about rock 'n' roll when they get here. This place will be rocking and rolling if you can believe it like never-ever before.
Dave Niehaus, play-by-play announcer for the Seattle Mariners, calling the game-winning double by Edgar Martínez.


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