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Wrapping Up 2001
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SEPTEMBER 2001


Members of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks meet in the center of the infield to hold the American flag during the singing of "God Bless America" and the national anthem to mark the first baseball game in Denver's Coors Field on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, since the terrorist attacks on the United States last Tuesday.
September 1 -- Sammy Sosa drew his 32nd intentional walk of the season, to tie Kevin Mitchell's Major League record, set in 1989, for the most by a right-handed hitter. Willie McCovey set the overall mark of 45 in 1969.

September 1 -- Rafael Palmeiro became the fourth player in Major League history to record seven straight seasons of at least 35 home runs and 100 RBI. The other three players to accomplish the feat were Jimmie Foxx (1932-40), Babe Ruth (1926-32) and Sammy Sosa (1995-2001), who did it earlier this season.

September 3 -- Jose Canseco stole his 200th career base to become the ninth player in baseball history to have at least that many steals and 400 home runs.

September 3 -- St. Louis left-hander Bud Smith became the 18th rookie since 1900 to throw a no-hitter, beating San Diego 4-0. The Padres were the first team since the 1996 Rockies to be no-hit twice in one season. Florida's A.J. Burnett no-hit San Diego on May 12.

September 4 -- Roy Oswalt won his 13th game, passing Jim Deshaies, to become the winningest rookie pitcher in Astros' history.

September 5 -- Roger Clemens set a Yankees mark with his 15th straight victory, leading New York over the Blue Jays. Clemens (19-1) also became just the second player in Major League history to win 19 of his first 20 decisions. Rube Marquard of the New York Giants did it in 1912.

September 6 -- Barry Bonds joined Babe Ruth (60 in 1927), Roger Maris (61 in 1961), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998; 65 in 1999) and Sammy Sosa (66 in 1998; 63 in 1999) in the 60-homer club with a home run against the Diamondbacks.

September 7 -- Anaheim's rookie shortstop David Eckstein was hit by a pitch for the 17th time to tie the AL rookie mark set by Heinie Manush for the Detroit Tigers in 1923.

September 7 -- Shawn Green homered twice to set a franchise record with 45 this season, knocking Duke Snider out of that spot in the Dodgers' record book.

September 7 -- Bret Boone set an AL record for home runs by a second baseman with his 34th of the season and 33rd home run while playing second base. He broke the mark of 32 set by Joe Gordon for Cleveland in 1948.

September 8 -- Ichiro Suzuki collected two hits to increase his season total to 217 and replaced Alex Rodriguez as the Seattle Mariners' single-season hits leader. Rodriguez collected 215 hits in 1996 for Seattle.


Clemens allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked four.
September 9 -- Barry Bonds hit three home runs, giving him 63 for the season to pass Roger Maris' once magical mark of 61.

September 11 -- After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and southwestern Pennsylvania, Commissioner Bud Selig postponed all Major League Baseball games "in the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy." Play would not resume for six days.

September 18 -- Albert Pujols set Cardinal rookie records for doubles and RBI in a season. He hit his 41st double of the season in a 9-4 victory over Milwaukee, to break Joe Medwick's franchise rookie record set in 1933, and drove in five runs, giving him 117 RBI, to pass Ray Jablonski, who drove in 114 runs in 1953.

September 18 -- Arizona's Crut Schilling collected his 2,000th career strikeout in the third inning of a 10-9 loss to Colorado..

September 19 -- Roger Clemens became the first pitcher in Major League history to go 20-1 as he pitched the Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the White Sox. The 39-year-old right-hander reached 20 wins for the sixth time in his career and became the oldest 20-game winner in the AL since Early Wynn did it in 1959, just shy of his 40th birthday.

September 19 -- The Mariners became the first team in the majors to clinch a division championship, winning the AL West by virtue of Oakland's 10-4 loss to Texas. The 2001 Mariners became the eighth team in baseball history to occupy first place for the entire season. The last team to do so was the 1997 Baltimore Orioles.

September 19 -- Albert Pujols set a National League rookie RBI record and Matt Morris recorded his first 20-win season in the Cardinals' 8-2 victory over Milwaukee. Pujols drove in three runs in his first two at-bats to give him an NL rookie-record 120 RBI, breaking the mark of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930 for the Boston Braves.


Barry Bonds launched homer No. 61, a 488-foot solo shot, off the Rockies' Scott Elarton in the first inning.
September 19 -- Alex Rodriguez scored his 125th run in Oakland to set a new Rangers' record. Rafeal Palmeiro had 124 runs scored in 1993. scored his 125th run in Oakland to set a new Rangers' record. Rafeal Palmeiro had 124 runs scored in 1993.

September 21 -- Albert Pujols hit his first grand slam, a go-ahead shot in the ninth that also gave him the NL record for extra base hits by a rookie. Brooklyn's Johnny Fredricks set the previous mark in 1929.

September 21 -- Milwaukee struck out 10 times against Cincinnati, breaking the Major League record for most strikeouts in a season with 1,272. The Tigers set the previous record of 1,268 in 1996.

September 22 -- Damian Miller's two singles gave him 100 hits,helping the Diamondbacks tie an NL record for most players (9) with at least 100 hits in the same season. The others were Luis Gonzalez (181), Mark Grace (133), Steve Finley (127), Craig Counsell (115), Reggie Sanders (105), Tony Womack (103), Matt Williams (100) and Jay Bell (100). Three teams have accomplished the feat, the last being St. Louis in 1979.

September 23 -- The Oakland Athletics rebounded from a slow start to earn the AL wild card with a dozen games to spare.The Athletics defeated Seattle, 7-5, to clinch their second straight playoff birth.

September 23 -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run against Anaheim, breaking Ernie Banks' Major League record for most in a season by a shortstop. Banks hit 47 homers in 1958 for the Cubs.

September 23 -- Sammy Sosa became the first player tohit three home runs in a game three times in a season.

September 23 -- Mariano Rivera recorded his Yankee team-record 47th save,breaking the mark set by Dave Righetti in 1986.

September 24 -- Craig A. Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates tied a Major League record with his seventh pinch-hit homer. Dave Hansen hit seven pinch homers for the Dodgers last season.

September 25 -- The New York Yankees celebrated another division championship.The Yankees played at home for the first time since the terrorist attacks on September 11th and clinched their fourth straight AL East title when Boston lost to Baltimore.

September 25 -- Cubs' pitchers struck out 10 against Pittsburgh, giving the Cubs a Major League record 1,250 for the season. Atlanta set the record with 1,245 in 1996.

September 25 -- The Mariners improved to 56-21 on the road, breaking the league mark of 55-25, set by the 1971 Oakland Athletics.

September 25 -- Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson became the first teammates to hit hit three home runs apiece in a game as Milwaukee topped the Diamondbacks 9-4.

September 27 -- Lance Berkman's second-inning double made him the first switch-hitter in Major League history to have at least 30 homers and 50 doubles in one season.

September 28 -- Sammy Sosa doubled in the third inning against the Houston Astros for his career-high 97th extra-base hit of the season, tying the club record set by Hack Wilson in 1930.

September 28 -- Mike Mussina's strikeout of Jerry Hairston to end the third inning gave the pitcher 200 strikeouts for the fourth time in his career. Roger Clemens also had at least 200 strikeouts giving the Yankees two pitchers with 200 or more strikeouts for the first time since 1904, when Jack Chesbro and Jack Powell did it.

September 28 -- Alex Rodriguez became the first shortstop in Major League history to hit 50 homers in a season as the Texas Rangers beat the Anaheim Angels 11-2.


St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Bud Smith, left, and first baseman Albert Pujols celebrate after the final out of Smith's no hitter against the San Diego Padres Monday Sept. 3, 2001 in San Diego.
September 28 -- Barry Bonds was walked twice, bringing his season total to 164 and breaking McGwire's previous NL record of 162, set in 1998.

September 29 -- Denny Neagle's grand slam was the 10th home run this year for the Colorado pitching staff, the most by a staff since 1969 when Oakland hit 10

September 30 -- The Cleveland Indians clinched their sixth Central Division crown in seven years with a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

September 30 -- Jeff Bagwell's first-inning walk made him the first player in Major League history to have at least 30 homers, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored and 100 walks in six straight seasons.

 


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