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2003 World Series
2003 World Series Logo
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Florida Marlins (4) Jack McKeon 91–71, .562, GB: 10
New York Yankees (2) Joe Torre 101–61, .623, GA: 6
Dates: October 18–October 25
MVP: Josh Beckett (Florida)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Umpires: Randy Marsh, Tim Welke, Larry Young, Ed Rapuano, Jeff Kellogg, Gary Darling
ALCS: New York Yankees over Boston Red Sox (4–3)
NLCS: Florida Marlins over Chicago Cubs (4–3)
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The 2003 World Series marked the 99th baseball World Series event. The Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees in six games, 4–2.



The 2003 World Series featured the New York Yankees in their sixth Series appearance in eight years. Opposing them were the wild card Florida Marlins, appearing in their second World Series in their eleven-year franchise history. The Marlins became the second straight wild card team to win the World Series; the Anaheim Angels won in 2002. The Boston Red Sox won the Wild Card and World Series a year later as well. The series was, however, somewhat overshadowed by the League Championship Series that year, when the Chicago Cubs and the Red Sox, both widely believed to be cursed, both went down to dramatic defeats, each in seven games. However, Marlins manager Jack McKeon disagreed, and having lived in South Amboy, New Jersey and attending Yankee games when a child,[1] said that he wanted to play the Yankees in his first World Series.[1][2]

It was the 100th anniversary of the World Series, and advertised as such. However, it was only the 99th event due to a strike cancelling the 1994 World Series and the boycott of the 1904 World Series by the National League.

The Marlins started the season 19–29 when they fired manager Jeff Torborg and hired McKeon, who had been retired from baseball for over two years. They went 75–49 under McKeon to win the wild card. At 72, McKeon would become the oldest manager to ever win a World Series. They lost the first game of the NLDS to the San Francisco Giants, but came back to win the final three. After going down three games to one to the Cubs in the NLCS, they rallied to win the final three games. In the World Series, the Marlins put up their young roster with a $54 million payroll up against the storied Yankees and their $164 million payroll. By facing the Marlins, the Yankees have faced every team in the National League that has won a pennant with the exception of the 2005 Houston Astros and the 2007 Colorado Rockies.


The Yankees had been awarded home-field advantage for this World Series, because the AL won the 2003 All-Star game. MLB had alternated home-field advantage for the World Series between the two leagues prior to this, and the NL would have been due for home-field in 2003 before the change.

NL Florida Marlins (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 18 Florida Marlins – 3, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:43 55,769[3]
2 October 19 Florida Marlins – 1, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:56 55,750[4] 
3 October 21 New York Yankees – 6, Florida Marlins – 1 Pro Player Stadium 3:21 65,731[5] 
4 October 22 New York Yankees – 3, Florida Marlins – 4 (12 innings) Pro Player Stadium 4:03 65,934[6] 
5 October 23 New York Yankees – 4, Florida Marlins – 6 Pro Player Stadium 3:05 65,975[7] 
6 October 25 Florida Marlins – 2, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:57 55,773[8]


Game 1

Saturday, October 18, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Brad Penny (1–0)  LP: David Wells (0–1)  SV: Ugueth Urbina (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Bernie Williams (1)

A trio of Marlins pitchers managed to keep the Yankees in check. Brad Penny, Dontrelle Willis, and Ugueth Urbina held New York to two runs. Juan Pierre scored Florida's first run and drove in the other two. The Yankees scored their runs on a single by Derek Jeter and a solo home run by Bernie Williams, the eighteenth postseason home run of his career, tying a mark shared by Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle.

Urbina ran into immediate trouble in the ninth, walking Jason Giambi to lead off the inning and, one out later, walking pinch-hitter Rubén Sierra to put pinch-runner David Dellucci in scoring position. However, Alfonso Soriano was called out looking on a 3–2 pitch and Nick Johnson flied out to center to end the game.

David Wells pitched seven solid innings for New York in a losing effort. The defeat marked the first Yankees loss of a home World Series contest since Game 2 of the 1996 World Series.

Game 2

Sunday, October 19, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)  LP: Mark Redman (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Hideki Matsui (1), Alfonso Soriano (1)

The Yankees bounced back behind the arm of Andy Pettitte who allowed only six hits and one walk in 8+23 innings. He allowed only one unearned run on a single by Derrek Lee. The Yankees' Hideki Matsui hit a three-run home run in the first inning on a 3–0 pitch, becoming the first Japanese player to hit a home run in a World Series, and also became the second Japanese player to play a World Series game. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run shot off reliever Rick Helling in the fourth. Florida's starter Mark Redman lasted only 2+13 innings while allowing four runs.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

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

WP: Mike Mussina (1–0)  LP: Josh Beckett (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Aaron Boone (1), Bernie Williams (2)

Game 3 was a close pitcher's duel for the first seven innings. Florida starter Josh Beckett held the Yankees to one run through seven innings, the lone run coming on a bases-loaded walk after two consecutive borderline pitches that were called balls. The Marlins struck early off New York starter Mike Mussina with Miguel Cabrera singling in Juan Pierre in the bottom of the first. Mussina settled down and did not allow another run to the Marlins in seven strong innings. Beckett pitched strong into the eighth until he started to tire. He left with one out in the eighth having recorded ten strikeouts for the night.

Reliever Dontrelle Willis entered the 1–1 game and got one out, but gave up an opposite-field single to Hideki Matsui to give the Yankees their first lead of the night. Chad Fox relieved Willis and struck out Rubén Sierra to end the inning. The Yankees offense would return in the ninth. Aaron Boone led off the inning with a home run to left, and after walking Alfonso Soriano and hitting Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams hit a three-run shot to center to give the Yankees a 6–1 lead. Williams' home run was the his nineteenth in the postseason, a new Major League record. His 65 RBIs were also the most in postseason history. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitched the final two innings for his record 30th career postseason save. Mussina received his fifth postseason win. The game was interrupted in the seventh by a rain delay lasting 39 minutes. It was the first weather-related delay of a World Series game since Game 1 of the 1996 World Series, which also involved the Yankees.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

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

WP: Braden Looper (1–0)  LP: Jeff Weaver (0–1)  
HRs:  FLA – Miguel Cabrera (1), Álex González (1)

The Marlins jumped out to an early lead against Yankees starter Roger Clemens. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first and Derrek Lee hit an RBI single. Clemens settled down and held the Marlins scoreless in the next six innings. When Clemens struck out Luis Castillo to end the seventh, it was then thought to have marked the end of his Major League career. With flashbulbs lighting up the stadium, the crowd gave him a standing ovation; the Marlins even paused to applaud in recognition of Clemens' hall-of-fame career. (As it turned out, Clemens would put off his retirement to sign with the Houston Astros for 2004.) Meanwhile, the Yankees scored their first run on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Boone in the second inning. Marlins starter Carl Pavano held the Yankees to that lone run through eight strong innings.

Clemens was set to get the loss until the Yankees rallied in the ninth against Ugueth Urbina. Bernie Williams singled with one out, Hideki Matsui walked and Jorge Posada grounded into a force play. Pinch-hitter Rubén Sierra fouled off two full-count pitches before tripling into the right-field corner to tie the ball game. The game headed to extra innings. The Yankees threatened to score in the top of the eleventh when they loaded the bases with one out off Chad Fox. Braden Looper relieved Fox and struck out Boone, and replacement catcher John Flaherty popped out to third. The Marlins won the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the twelfth when Álex González led off the inning with a home run off Jeff Weaver that just cleared the fence in left to help the Marlins win 4–3.

Game 5

Thursday, October 23, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 12 1
Florida 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 X 6 9 1

WP: Brad Penny (2–0)  LP: José Contreras (0–1)  SV: Ugueth Urbina (2)  
HRs:  NYY – Jason Giambi (1)

Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 1's starters, Florida's Brad Penny versus New York's David Wells. Before a sellout crowd of 65,975, the Yankees did not appear very sharp, botching a rundown play in the fifth inning that led to two Marlin runs. Slumping Alfonso Soriano was benched and first baseman Jason Giambi nursed a leg injury. Wells left the game after pitching just one inning due to back spasms. His replacement, José Contreras pitched three shaky innings, allowing three walks and four runs. The Yankees drew first blood with a sacrifice fly from Bernie Williams in the first. In the second, the Marlins scored on an RBI double by Álex González and Brad Penny helped his own cause by singling in two more runs. They scored again on a Juan Pierre double in the fourth and a two-run single by Mike Lowell in the fifth, to give the Marlins a 6–1 lead.

The Yankees began clawing away at that lead with a Derek Jeter RBI-single in the seventh. Dontrelle Willis relieved Penny by pitching a scoreless eighth. In the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a pinch-hit home run to right field off reliever Braden Looper. That made it 6–3 Marlins. After a Jeter single, Enrique Wilson double him home to cut the Marlins' lead to 6–4. Ugueth Urbina relieved Looper and retired Bernie Williams on a fly ball near the outfield wall which was caught by Juan Encarnación just inches away from a home run and Hideki Matsui on a ground ball to first base to preserve the Marlins win.

Game 6

Saturday, October 25, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Josh Beckett (1–1)  LP: Andy Pettitte (1–1)  

The series headed back to New York for Game 6, marking the 100th World Series game ever played at Yankee Stadium. Marlins manager Jack McKeon decided to start 23-year-old Josh Beckett on three days' rest. Beckett made the move seem brilliant—his complete game shutout in the final game of the World Series made him the first to accomplish the feat since Jack Morris of the Minnesota Twins in 1991. With the victory, the Marlins became the first National League team since the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series without having home field advantage. They are just the fourth team overall to do it since 1984, following the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1999 New York Yankees. The 2006 St. Louis Cardinals have recently accomplished the same feat, as did the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. The championship gave the Marlins more World titles (2) than division titles (0). The Atlanta Braves had won the NL East every year since 1995 going into this World Series, a strike ended the 1994 season without division winners, and the Philadelphia Phillies won the Marlins' division in 1993. The Marlins also became the first team since the creation of the Division Series to win the World Series without ever having home-field advantage during their entire post-season. The Marlins became the first opposing team to win a Series championship on the field at Yankee Stadium since the 1981 World Series, when the Los Angeles Dodgers did it. The Marlins won the Series despite scoring fewer runs (17) than the Yankees (21). With the closure of the original Yankee Stadium after the 2008 season, this was the last World Series game held in the original Yankee Stadium.

Composite box

2003 World Series (4–2): Florida Marlins (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Florida Marlins 5 3 0 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 17 47 2
New York Yankees 4 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 8 0 0 0 21 54 5
Total attendance: 364,932   Average attendance: 60,822
Winning player’s share: $306,150   Losing player’s share: $180,890[9]

Series quotes

Both quotes are by Joe Buck, Fox Sports.

Down the left field line, that ball is trouble. It is gone! And the Marlins have won Game 4, 4–3 final as González goes deep, his first home run of the postseason!
Álex González's walk-off home run to end Game 4.
Trying to win it all again. Posada, slow roller right side. Beckett picks it up, tags Posada, and the Florida Marlins are World Champions! The Marlins have stunned the Yankees, shocked New York, and this improbable team, improbable ride. They end up on top, winning in six games over the Yankees.
Final out of Game 6.


  1. ^ a b Bodley, Hal (October 27, 2003). "Reality of title beats McKeon's wildest dreams". USA Today: p. 4C. "I wanted to have my first World Series in Yankee Stadium."  
  2. ^ Caldwell, Dave (October 26, 2003). "BASEBALL; While Fans Headed Out, Steinbrenner Lingered". New York Times: p. 8.3. Retrieved 2009-09-16. "Win or lose, I wanted to play the World Series in Yankee Stadium."  
  3. ^ "2003 World Series Game 1 - Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  4. ^ "2003 World Series Game 2 - Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  5. ^ "2003 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  6. ^ "2003 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  7. ^ "2003 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  8. ^ "2003 World Series Game 6 - Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  9. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  

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