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2001 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Arizona Diamondbacks (4) Bob Brenly 92–70, .568, GA: 2
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 95–65, .594, GA: 13½
Dates: October 27–November 4
MVP: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (Arizona)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller and Joe Morgan
Umpires: Steve Rippley, Dana DeMuth, Dale Scott, Mark Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, Ed Rapuano
ALCS: New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners (4–1)
NLCS: Arizona Diamondbacks over Atlanta Braves (4–1)
World Series Program
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The 2001 World Series (the "November Series"), the 97th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, took place between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks won the best-of-seven series four games to three. The Series featured two extra-inning games and three late-inning comebacks. It ended on a Game 7 walk-off hit (the first since Edgar Rentería's in 1997), in the form of a bloop single off the bat of Luis Gonzalez.

This was the first World Series ever played in the state of Arizona, while it was the third World Series Game 7 to end on a hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the final inning (Florida Marlins in 1997 and Minnesota Twins in 1991 were the previous teams to win a World Series that way). As of 2009, this is the last World Series in which the National League had home-field advantage, as they have yet to clinch it under the current All-Star Game format. This was the last World Series not to feature a wild card team until 2008.

Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were the co-MVPs of the 2001 World Series. Both combined for a 4–0 record and a 1.40 ERA, striking out 45 Yankees in 39+13 innings.

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Background

The Arizona Diamondbacks, breaking a record previously held by the Florida Marlins, reached the Series in just their fourth season of existence, and took on the three-time defending champion New York Yankees, who were trying to become the first team to win four straight titles since the Yankees' five consecutive titles from 1949 to 1953. Additionally, the Series would be taking place in New York City only seven weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, representing a remarkable boost in morale for the fatigued city. Arizona captured the Series, four games to three, thereby dethroning the defending World Champions and earning their first title. The Diamondbacks win also ended the tongue-in-cheek "Curse Of The Balboni." In 1985, Kansas City Royals player Steve Balboni set a team record with 36 home runs, and the Royals went on to win their first World Series. Since that time, no team who had employed a 36+ home run player had won the World Series. The Diamondbacks' Luis Gonzalez, with his 57 regular-season home runs, helped the team break the "curse."

Arizona won the first two games at home handily, but New York won the next three in close contests in Yankee Stadium, including two dramatic ninth-inning comebacks against Arizona closer Byung-Hyun Kim. Arizona won the sixth game behind Randy Johnson, who then came in to pitch in relief of Curt Schilling in Game 7. The Diamondbacks won the game 3–2, with Jay Bell scoring the winning run on a bloop single by Luis Gonzalez, in the bottom of the ninth inning off the Yankees' ace closer, Mariano Rivera.

The home team won every game in the Series. This had only happened twice before, in 1987 and 1991; in both cases, the Minnesota Twins won the Series. This was also, until 2008 and 2009, the most recent World Series to feature two division winners—all the Series from 2002 through 2007 had featured at least one of the two Wild Card qualifiers.

This Series was also the subject of an HBO documentary Nine Innings from Ground Zero in 2004.

Despite the closeness of the Series overall, the Diamondbacks outscored the Yankees 37–14 over the entire Series, as a result of large margins of victory achieved by Arizona in Bank One Ballpark relative to the one run margins at Yankee Stadium.

In addition to breaking the "Curse of The Balboni", Luis Gonzalez helped put an end to the so-called "Ex-Cubs Factor" jinx. The D-backs not only defied that "jinx" to win the Series, but two of the three ex-Cubs (Grace and Gonzalez) actively participated in the Series-winning rally.

September 11 and the month of November

Due to the postponement of games in September as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the World Series began Saturday, October 27, 2001, the latest start date ever for a World Series (until the 2009 World Series which started on October 28, 2009). The Series went seven games, the last three of which were the first major-league games (other than exhibitions) played in the month of November. This was just the fourth time that no World Series champion was decided within the traditional month of October. The previous three occurrences were in 1904 (no series), 1918 (series held in September due to World War I), and 1994 (no series due to work stoppage).

Summary

NL Arizona Diamondbacks (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 27 New York Yankees – 1, Arizona Diamondbacks – 9 Bank One Ballpark 2:44 49,646[1]
2 October 28 New York Yankees – 0, Arizona Diamondbacks – 4 Bank One Ballpark 2:35 49,646[2] 
3 October 30 Arizona Diamondbacks – 1, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:26 55,820[3] 
4 October 31 Arizona Diamondbacks – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (10 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 3:31 55,863[4] 
5 November 1 Arizona Diamondbacks – 2, New York Yankees – 3 (12 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 4:15 56,018[5] 
6 November 3 New York Yankees – 2, Arizona Diamondbacks – 15 Bank One Ballpark 3:33 49,707[6] 
7 November 4 New York Yankees – 2, Arizona Diamondbacks – 3 Bank One Ballpark 3:20 49,589[7]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 27, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Arizona 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 X 9 10 0

WP: Curt Schilling (1–0)  LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)  
HRs:  ARI – Craig Counsell (1), Luis Gonzalez (1)

Arizona showed no fear and chased Yankee's starter Mike Mussina after just three innings. The Yankees gave up five unearned runs and the Diamondbacks rode Curt Schilling's seven strong innings to a 9–1 rout. Craig Counsell homered off Mussina in the first and Luis Gonzalez homered in the third, drove in two runs, and scored twice. Although the Yankees scored one run in the first, they were only able to get three hits.

Game 2

Sunday, October 28, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

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

WP: Randy Johnson (1–0)  LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)  
HRs:  ARI – Matt Williams (1)

Arizona continued to take control of the Series behind the arm of Randy Johnson. The Big Unit pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only four baserunners and three hits while striking out eleven Yankees. Matt Williams hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Yankee starter Andy Pettitte as Arizona won 4–0 and took a commanding two games to none lead as the Series headed to New York City.

Game 3

Donning an FDNY fleece, with a bullet proof vest underneath, President Bush tosses out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)  LP: Brian Anderson (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Jorge Posada (1)

The game was opened in New York by President George W. Bush, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a strike to Yankees backup catcher Todd Greene. Bush became the first sitting President to throw out a World Series first pitch since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He also threw it from the mound where the pitcher would stand (unlike most ceremonial first pitches which are from in front of the mound) and threw it for a strike. Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" rang throughout Yankee Stadium. Yankees starter Roger Clemens allowed only three hits and struck out nine in seven innings of work. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitched two innings for the save. Scott Brosius broke a sixth inning tie with an RBI single to left. The Diamondbacks wasted a great outing from starter Brian Anderson by committing three crucial errors (two in the fourth, one in the sixth) and running themselves out of the first inning.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)  LP: Byung-Hyun Kim (0–1)  
HRs:  ARI – Mark Grace (1)  NYY – Shane Spencer (1), Tino Martinez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

Arizona manager Bob Brenly took a gamble and started Curt Schilling on three days' rest. It worked as Schilling pitched seven strong innings and left the game with a 1–1 tie. The Diamondbacks took a 3–1 lead in the top of the eighth on an Erubiel Durazo double and a fielder's choice, which prompted Brenly to bring in closer Byung-Hyun Kim for a two inning save. Kim, at 22, became the first Korean-born player to play in the World Series. Kim struck out the side in the eighth, but the Yankees began their comeback in the ninth. First, Jeter tried bunting, but was out by one step. Then Paul O'Neill lined an opposite-field single in front of left fielder Luis Gonzalez. After Bernie Williams struck out, Tino Martinez hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw from Kim over the right-center field wall, tying the game 3–3. Brenly stuck with his closer as the game headed into extra innings. When the scoreboard clock in Yankee Stadium passed midnight, World Series play in November began, with the message on the scoreboard "Welcome to November Baseball". Derek Jeter hit an opposite field walk-off home run on a 3–2 pitch count from Kim. This walk-off home run gave the Yankees a 4–3 victory and tied the Series at two, making Jeter the first player to hit a November home run and earning him the tongue-in-cheek nickname of "Mr. November."

Game 5

Thursday, November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1

WP: Sterling Hitchcock (1–0)  LP: Albie Lopez (0–1)  
HRs:  ARI – Steve Finley (1), Rod Barajas (1)  NYY – Scott Brosius (1)

For Game 5, Brenly started Miguel Batista, who pitched a strong 7+23 scoreless innings. Mussina bounced back from his poor Game 1 start, but allowed solo home runs to Steve Finley and Rod Barajas in the fifth. With the Diamondbacks leading 2–0 in the ninth, Brenly again went to his closer, and for the second night in a row Byung-Hyun Kim failed to hold the lead. Jorge Posada doubled to open the inning, but Kim retired the next two batters. Then, with two outs in the ninth Scott Brosius hit a 1–0 pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at two. Yankee Stadium erupted after the Brosius home run, fans were literally rolling in the aisles. For the second straight night, the game went into extra innings following a ninth inning home run and the Yankees won it in the twelfth when Alfonso Soriano knocked in Chuck Knoblauch with a base hit off Albie Lopez. New York went ahead three games to two in the series as the teams headed back to Arizona. In the top of the ninth inning, with the Yankees down 2–0, Paul O'Neill (retiring after the series) was serenaded by Yankees fans chanting his name in unison.

Game 6

Saturday, November 3, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
Arizona 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 X 15 22 0

WP: Randy Johnson (2–0)  LP: Andy Pettitte (0–2)  

With Arizona in a must-win situation, the Diamondbacks provided Randy Johnson all the offense he would ever need. Johnson struck out seven in seven innings of work, giving up just two runs. The Diamondbacks rocked Yankees starter Andy Pettitte for six runs after two innings and nine more runs against reliever Jay Witasick in one and a third innings before Randy Choate and Mike Stanton kept them scoreless for the rest of the game. They hit six doubles and Danny Bautista went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. They set a World Series record with 22 hits and handed New York its most lopsided loss in 293 postseason games. The 15–2 win evened the series at three games apiece and set up a Game 7 for the ages between Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, again pitching on three days' rest.

Game 7

Sunday, November 4, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

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

WP: Randy Johnson (3–0)  LP: Mariano Rivera (1–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Alfonso Soriano (1)

It was a matchup of two twenty-game winners in the Series finale that would crown a new champion. Clemens at 39 years old became the oldest Game 7 starter ever. Schilling had already started two games of the Series and pitched his 300th inning of the season on just three days' rest. The two aces matched each other inning by inning and after seven full, the game was tied at 1–1. The Diamondbacks scored first in the sixth inning with a Steve Finley single and a Danny Bautista double (Bautista would be called out at third base). The Yankees responded with an RBI single from Tino Martinez, which drove in Derek Jeter. Brenly stayed with Schilling into the eighth, and the move backfired as Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run on an 0–2 pitch. After Schilling got one out, he gave up a single to David Justice, and he left the game trailing 2–1. Brenly brought in Miguel Batista to get out Derek Jeter and then in an unconventional move, brought in the previous night's starter Randy Johnson, who had thrown 104 pitches, in relief to keep it a one-run game. It proved to be a smart move, as Johnson retired all four Yankees he faced.

With the Yankees ahead 2–1 in the bottom of the eighth, manager Joe Torre turned the game over to his ace closer Mariano Rivera for a two-inning save. Rivera was one of the strongest closers in the game, and had pitched brilliantly throughout the postseason up to that point. Rivera struck out the side in the eighth, including Arizona's sluggers Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, and Danny Bautista, which lowered his ERA in the postseason to a major league-best of 0.70. Although he was sharp in the eighth, this game would end in the third ninth-inning comeback of the Series.

Mark Grace led off the inning with a single to center on a 1–0 pitch. The real turning point was Rivera's errant throw to second base on a bunt attempt by Damian Miller on an 0–1 pitch, putting runners on first and second. Derek Jeter tried to reach for the ball, but got tangled in the legs of pinch-runner David Dellucci, who was sliding in an attempt to break up the double play. Rivera appeared to regain control when he fielded Jay Bell's bunt and threw out Dellucci at third base, but third baseman Scott Brosius decided to hold the ball instead of throwing to first to attempt to complete the double play. Midre Cummings was sent in to pinch-run for Damien Miller. With Cummings at second and Bell at first, the next batter, Tony Womack, drove a double down the right-field line on a 2–2 pitch that evened the score and blew the save. Bell went to third and the Yankees pulled the infield and the outfield in as the potential winning run stood at third with less than two outs. After Rivera hit Craig Counsell with an 0–1 pitch, the bases were loaded. The winning run would be batted in with a gentle tap over the drawn-in infield. On an 0–1 pitch, Luis Gonzalez lofted a soft single over Derek Jeter that barely reached the outfield grass, plating Jay Bell with the winning run. This ended New York's bid for a fourth consecutive title and brought Arizona its first championship in just its fourth year of existence, making the Diamondbacks the fastest expansion team to win a World Series. It also marked the first time since 1991 that the home team won all seven games of a World Series.

Composite box

2001 World Series (4–3): Arizona Diamondbacks (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 4 12 9 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 37 65 3
New York Yankees 1 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 4 1 0 1 14 42 8
Total attendance: 366,289   Average attendance: 52,327
Winning player’s share: $279,260   Losing player’s share: $201,014[8]

Media coverage

For the second consecutive year, Fox carried the World Series over its network with its top broadcast team, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. This was the first year of Fox's exclusive rights to the World Series, which it has held ever since (this particular contract also had given Fox exclusive rights to the entire baseball postseason, which aired over its family of networks; the contract was modified following Disney's purchase of Fox Family Channel shortly after the World Series ended, as ESPN regained their postseason rights following a year of postseason games on ABC Family, Fox Family's successor). ESPN Radio provided national radio coverage for the fourth consecutive year, with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan calling the action.

Locally, the Series was carried over KTAR in the Phoenix area and WABC in New York. Greg Schulte called play-by-play for the Diamondbacks while John Sterling and Michael Kay alternated duties on the Yankees coverage. This would be Sterling and Kay's last World Series working together, and Game 7 would be the last Yankee broadcast on WABC. Kay moved to television and the new YES Network the following season and WCBS picked up radio rights to the Yankees.

Series quotes

Mystique and Aura? Those are dancers at a nightclub.
Curt Schilling when asked before the Series if the Diamondbacks (only in the league since 1998) would have any trouble when faced with the tradition-rich Yankees.
Mystique and Aura: Appearing Nightly
Sign inside Yankee Stadium during 2001 World Series.
Mystique and Aura Are Dancing In New York, This is Arizona
Sign inside Bank One Ballpark during Game 6.
Swung on and drilled to right field, going back Sanders, on the track, at the wall...See ya! See ya! See ya! A home run for Derek Jeter! He is Mr. November! Oh what a home run by Derek Jeter!
Michael Kay calling Derek Jeter's walk-off home run in Game 4 after noticing a sign that says, "Mr. November."
Jeter hits it into right...back at the wall...game over! Yankees win and the Series is tied!
Joe Buck on Derek Jeter's walk-off home run in Game 4.
It borders on the surreal here in the Bronx.
Joe Buck after Scott Brosius' game-tying home run in Game 5.
Now, Kim...deals 1–0...swung on and—hit in the air to deep left! That ball is high; it is far; it is gone! I don't believe it! Once again, deja vu! A two-out, two-run, bottom of the ninth, game-tying home run by Brosius! Probably the most unbelievable feat in World Series history!
John Sterling calls Scott Brosius' game-tying homer in Game 5.
Why not Gonzalez? It's been him all season. And the 0–1 delivery ...a little blooper, base hit! Diamondbacks win! They're the World Champions! Gonzalez did it! The Diamondbacks have unseated the New York Yankees as the World Champions! This Series has been unbelievable! Folks, it doesn't get any better than that. Honk your horns, stomp your feet...celebrate in Arizona!
Greg Schulte calls Luis Gonzalez' game winning hit.
Floater, CENTERFIELD!! THE DIAMONDBACKS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!
Joe Buck calling on Gonzalez' Series winning RBI.
That one hit in the air to center field. IT'S OVER! THE DIAMONDBACKS, ON THE GONZALEZ SINGLE, ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!

DVD

On October 11, 2005 A&E Home Video released the New York Yankees Fall Classic Collectors Edition (1996–2001) DVD set. Game 4 of the 2001 World Series is included in the set. On April 29, 2008 The Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series DVD set was released. All seven games are included.

Notes

References

External links

2001 Major League Baseball Postseason
2001 World Series
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series
Arizona Diamondbacks | St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves | Houston Astros
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
New York Yankees | Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners | Cleveland Indians
2001 Major League Baseball season
American League | National League







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