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Wrapping Up 2001
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FEBRUARY 2001


Eddie Mathews, shown in this 1957 photo, who hit 512 home runs in a Hall of Fame career and was the only person to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001. He was 69.
February 1 -- In the 2001 season preview for the Minnesota Twins, MLB.com's Matthew Leach wonders if the youth movement will pay off. The Twins go 85-77 and finish in second place in the AL Central Division.

February 2 -- A true baseball story -- that of high school teacher Jim Morris' improbable rise to the Major Leagues at age 35 -- is going to be made into a feature film starring Dennis Quaid.

February 6 -- Mo Vaughn of the California Angels will miss the 2001 season after surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm.

February 11 -- Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium -- home of baseball's Pirates and football's Steelers -- imploded before thousands of cheering onlookers, and the torch was passed in the city's sports landscape. Lanny Frattare, 52, the voice of the Pirates for more than two decades, share some memories.

February 11 -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and the Yankees finalize an $189 million, 10-year contract.

February 16 -- Bob Buhl, who helped pitch the Milwaukee Braves to the 1957 World Series title and later set a Major League record for futility at the plate, dies at 72.

February 18 -- Eddie Mathews, one of only 16 players in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 500 home runs, dies in his sleep at Scripps La Jolla Hospital near San Diego, his wife, Judy, said. He was 69.

February 28 -- Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire agrees to a $30-million, two-year extension with the St. Louis Cardinals that runs through 2003, the season McGwire could be approaching Hank Aaron's home-run record of 755. McGwire later forfeits that money by retiring following his worst season in the Majors.


 


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Boys to Men: Players who showed extraordinary growth in 2001
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By the Numbers: Figures that stood out in 2001
2001 Retirees: Players who ended their careers
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