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Wrapping Up 2001
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OCTOBER 2001


San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds celebrates his 70th home run of the season during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros Thurssday, Oct. 4, 2001, in Houston, as his son Nikolai, 11, runs to greet him. Bonds tied the record held by Mark McGwire at 70.
October 2 -- Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 and set the National League rookie record with 353 total bases. Pujols broke the old mark set by Philadelphia's Richie Allen in 1964.

October 2 -- Deivi Cruz collected his 100th hit, making the Tigers the only American League team with nine players with 100 or more hits this season.

October 2 -- Chicago's Sammy Sosa became the first player with three 60-home run seasons when he homered off of Cincinnati left-hander Lance Davis in a 5-4 loss to the Reds. The homer also gave Sosa 98 extra-base hits, breaking Hack Wilson's club record set in 1930.

October 3 -- Jason Giambi hit two home runs to give the left-handed slugger 38 homers for the season, 27 of which have come in the Coliseum, breaking the Oakland record of 26 set by Reggie Jackson in 1969.

October 3 -- Barry Bonds broke Babe Ruth's all-time single season walk mark of 170, collecting three walks to give him 172 on the year in a win over Houston.

October 4 -- Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run of the season to match Mark McGwire's single-season Major League record. Bonds slammed a mammoth shot into the upper deck in right-center at Enron Field off Houston left-hander Wilfredo Rodriguez.


Tony Gwynn congratulates Rickey Henderson, who scored his 2,246th career run to break Ty Cobb's record.
October 4 -- Cliff Floyd set a Marlins' single-season record with his 119th run scored of the year. The previous mark was 118 by Gary Sheffield in 1996.

October 4 -- Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's all-time runs record by recording his 2,246th run of his career. Henderson slide feet first into home plate after hitting a third inning homer to break the record in a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

October 5 -- Barry Bonds set a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting his 71st and 72nd against Los Angeles at Pac Bell Park. Mark McGwire had set the mark with 70 home runs in 1998.

October 5 -- Jeff Shaw recorded his 128th career save to move him into first place on the Los Angeles Dodgers' all-time save list. He passed Todd Worrell, who had 127 saves from 1993-97.

October 5 -- The Athletics beat the Angels, 6-2, becoming the first team in Major League history to win 100 games after being 10 games under .500 in the same season. With the win Oakland also joined Seattle as one of two clubs with 100 wins in the AL West. It marked only the third time since divisional play began in 1969 that two teams from the same division have won 100 games. The Yankees won the AL East with in 1980 with 103, three more than Baltimore; and Atlanta won the NL West in 1993 with 104 wins, one more than San Francisco.

October 5 -- Minnesota's Corey Koskie stole his 25th base this season and became the first AL third baseman in history with at least 25 steals, 25 homers and 100 RBI. He is also the first Twins player to hit 25 homers, score 100 runs and drive in 100 since Harmon Killebrew in 1969.

October 5 -- Cal Ripken Jr. became the seventh player to play in 3,000 career games.

October 5 -- The Braves became the first pro sports team to win 10 division titles in row (1991-2001). The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) captured nine straight in the NBA.

October 5 -- Arizona beat Milwaukee 5-0 and San Francisco lost to Los Angeles 11-10 to give the Diamondbacks the the NL West Division title.


Barry Bonds watches his record-breaking 71st home run of the season leave the yard Friday.
October 6 -- The Mariners tied the Major League record for with their 116th win, a 1-0 victory over the Rangers. The mark was previously set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

October 6 -- Lenny Harris of the New York Mets became baseball's career leader in pinch hits with his 151st career pinch hit, passing Manny Mota for the most all-time.

October 6 -- Baltimore's Cal Ripken went 0-for-4 against the Boston Red Sox in his final Major League game. Ripken, one of seven players with more than 3,000 hits and 400 home runs, retired as the Orioles' all-time leader in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases and RBI.

October 7 -- The Braves became the first team in baseball history to make the postseason with a losing record at home (40-41).

October 7 -- Richie Sexson of the Milwaukee Brewers hit his 45th homer tying a team record set by Gorman Thomas in 1979.

October 7 -- Anaheim's Troy Glaus hit 41 home runs this season despite batting only .250. Just four of the other 49 players in AL history who have hit at least 40 homers in a season did it with a lower batting average than Glaus. Gorman Thomas (.244 in 1979), Jay Buhner (.243 in 1997), Jose Canseco (.237 in 1998) and Harmon Killebrew (.242 in 1959 and .243 in 1962) were the others to do so.

October 7 -- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 and finished at .350 to add an AL batting title to the seven he won in Japan. He was only the second rookie to win the AL batting crown, joining Tony Oliva of Minnesota in 1964. Suzuki ended the season with a 13-game hitting streak and 242 hits, the most in the majors since Bill Terry's 254 in 1930.

October 7 -- Ichiro Suzuki's first-inning double gave him 135 games with at least one hit. That matched four others for the Major League record. Rogers Hornsby (1922), Chuck Klein (1930), Wade Boggs (1985) and Derek Jeter (1999) were the other players to accomplish the feat.

October 7 -- Sammy Sosa has 1,621 total bases over a four-year period, breaking Chuck Klein's 69-year-old Major League record of 1,616.

October 7 -- Cubs pitchers finished the season with a Major League record 1,344 strikeouts.

October 7 -- Barry Bonds finished the season with a .328 batting average, a career-high 137 RBI and a slugging percentage of .863, surpassing the Major League mark of .847 set by Babe Ruth in 1920.

October 7 -- Rickey Henderson became the 25th member of the 3,000 hit club with a double to right in San Diego's 14-5 loss to Colorado.

October 7 -- San Diego's Tony Gwynn played in his final Major League baseball game, a 14-5 loss to Colorado.Gwynn leaves the game with eight NL batting titles, a .338 lifetime average and 3,141 hits, good for 17th on the all-time list.

October 7 -- The Houston Astros clinched their fourth NL Central Division title in five years on the last day of the season with a 9-2 win over St. Louis. With the loss, the Cardinals became the NL's Wild Card qualifier.


Rickey Henderson didn't wait long to autograph his Hall-of-Fame resume. He hit John Thomson's first pitch for a bloop double.
October 9 -- The Atlanta Braves take Game 1 of their Division Series opener, a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros at Enron Field. Chipper Jones' eighth-inning three-run homer off Astros' closer Billy Wagner was the crushing blow.

October 9 -- Bartolo Colon whiffs 10 Mariners to give the Cleveland Indians to a 5-0 victory over Seattle and win the opening game of their American League Division Series.

October 9 -- Curt Schilling of Arizona shuts down the Cardinals lineup in a classic 1-0 victory over St. Louis in Game One of their NLDS.

October 10 -- Tom Glavine allows six hits -- all singles -- walks two and strikes out three as the Braves win 1-0 to take a two games to none lead over the Astros in the NLDS.

October 10 -- Woody Williams tosses seven strong innings and rookie Albert Pujols homers as the Cards even their NLDS against Arizona.

October 10 -- Mark Mulder wins his first career postseason start, giving Oakland a 5-3 victory in Game One of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

October 11 -- Jamie Moyer shuts down Cleveland over six-plus innings to lead the Mariners to a 5-1 victory Thursday over the Indians and even the best-of-five American League Division Series at one win apiece. Meanwhile, Oakland's Tim Hudson shuts out New York and Ron Gant homers to give the Athletics a 2-0 win and a 2-0 lead in their ALDS.

October 12 -- Tom Kelly steps down as Twins manager. The Braves finish off the Astros, sweeping their NLDS with a 6-2 win at Turner Field. Darryl Kile whiffs an NLDS five consecutive batters, but Arizona's Miguel Batista beats the Cards in Game 3, 5-3.

October 13 -- Cleveland thumps Seattle 17-2, while the Yanks can thank Mike Mussina and Derek Jeter's flip to avoid elimination at Oakland. St. Louis evens their NLDS with Arizona to force a Game 5.

October 14 -- Seattle and the Yankees avoid elimination to extend both ALDS to five games. The Diamondbacks clinch an NLCS berth with a 2-1 win over Cardinals, as Tony Womack gets the walk-off game-winning single.

October 15 -- Seattle and the Yankees advance to the ALCS with home victories over Cleveland and Oakland respectively.

October 16 -- Randy Johnson three-hits Atlanta in Game One of the NLCS.

October 17 -- New York wins the ALCS opener at Seattle 4-2, while the Braves even the NLCS at a game apiece.

October 21 -- Randy Johnson wins in Atlanta to clinch Arizona's first-ever World Series berth, while Alfonso Soriano's game-winning homer puts the Yankees on the brink of another AL championship.

October 22 -- The Yankees romp their way to a 12-3 win over Seattle to return to the World Series.

October 27 -- Arizona blasts Mike Mussina as they top the Yankees 9-1 in Game One of the World Series at Bank One Ballpark.

October 28 -- Randy Johnson shuts out the Yankees to win Game 2 of the World Series 4-0.

October 31 -- Roger Clemens tames the Diamondbacks' lineup as New York trims the Arizona lead to two games to one.

 


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