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10/26/2003  1:32 AM ET 
World Series postgame notes
Game Six -- Saturday, October 23, 2003
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ALFONSO SORIANO, 3-19 in the 1st 5 games of this Series, was 2-3 tonight.

DEREK JETER was 0-4 tonight after hitting safely in 1st 5 games of the Series.

MARIANO RIVERA made just his 2nd appearance of the Series tongith...It was his 20th World Series appearance, tying MIKE STANTON for the 2nd most in Series history, 2 behind WHITEY FORD...Rivera lowered his career World Series ERA to 1.16 (4 ER/31 IP), 7th lowest in Series history among pitchers with 30 or more innings.

JOSH BECKETT WINS WORLD SERIES MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

JOSH BECKETT, who became 1st pitcher since JACK MORRIS in 1991 to pitch a complete game shutout in a deciding World Series game, has been selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 World Series.

Highlights of his performance tonight:

--Pitched the 1st complete game shutout in a World Series game since Arizona's RANDY JOHNSON, Oct. 28, 2001, Game 2, a 3-hit, 11-0 win at New York.
--Pitched the 19th complete game shutout in a deciding World Series game, the 1st since JACK MORRIS in 1991.
--Allowed the fewest hits in a deciding complete-game shutout since Baltimore's SCOTT MCGREGOR (5) IN 1983.
--Is the youngest pitcher to win a deciding World Series game (23 yrs., 5 mos., 10 days) since Kansas City's BRET SABERHAGEN (21 yrs. 6 mos., 16 days) in 1985, Game 7 vs. St. Louis.
--With 9 strikeouts tonight, had 47 in this post-season, tying the all-time record for a single post-season with RANDY JOHNSON in 2001.
--Fanned 19 batters in his 2 starts in the Series, one shy of the Series 6-game record, set by the A's CHIEF BENDER in 1911.
--Was 1-1, 1.10 (2 ER/16.1 IP) in his 2 starts in this World Series and was 2-2, 2.11 (10 ER/42.2 IP) in 6 games/5 starts in this post-season.

COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUTS IN WORLD SERIES DECIDING GAMES (19)

Date/Game Pitcher Team Opponent Score Hits
10/13/03, Game 8 Bill Dineen Boston (AL) Pittsburgh 3-0 4
10/14/05, Game 5 Christy Mathewson New York (NL) Philadelphia 2-0 6
10/12/07, Game 5 Mordecai Brown Chicago (NL) Detroit 2-0 7
10/14/08, Game 5 Orval Overall Chicago (NL) Detroit 2-0 3
10/16/09, Game 7 Babe Adams Pittsburgh Detroit 8-0 6
10/12/20, Game 7 Stan Coveleski Cleveland Brooklyn 3-0 5
10/13/21, Game 8 Art Nehf New York (NL) New York (AL) 1-0 4
10/9/34, Game 7 Dizzy Dean St. Louis (NL) Detroit 11-0 6
10/11/43, Game 5 Spud Chandler New York (AL) St. Louis 2-0 10
10/4/55, Game 7 Johnny Podres Brooklyn New York 2-0 8
10/10/56, Game 7 Johnny Kucks New York (AL) Brooklyn 9-0 3
10/10/57, Game 7 Lew Burdette Milwaukee New York 5-0 7
10/16/62, Game 7 Ralph Terry New York (AL) San Francisco 1-0 4
10/14/65, Game 7 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Minnesota 2-0 3
10/9/66, Game 4 Dave McNally Baltimore Los Angeles 1-0 4
10/16/83, Game 5 Scott McGregor Baltimore Philadelphia 5-0 5
10/27/85, Game 7 Bret Saberhagen Kansas City St. Louis 11-0 7
10/27/91, Game 7 Jack Morris Minnesota Atlanta 1-0 (10) 10
10/25/03, Game 6 JOSH BECKETT Florida New York 2-0 5

MORE ON SHUTOUTS: This was the 1st shutout in a World Series game since Arizona defeated New York, 4-0 on Oct. 28, 2001, Game 2 at New York...It was the 1st shutout in a deciding game since New York defeated San Diego, 3-0, on Oct. 21, 1998, Game 4 at San Diego. Overall, it was the 21st shutout in a deciding World Series game.

THE FLORIDA MARLINS won their 2nd World Championship in as many trips to the World Series tonight...With their 2nd crown in their 11 years of existence, Florida has won 2 World Series faster than any team in the post-expansion era...Florida is the 3rd Wild Card team to win the Series, with the Marlins owning 2 of those...The Marlins won the final 3 games of each their 3 post-season series in 2003...Overall, Florida is 6-0 lifetime in postseason Series, the 1st team to ever win 6 consecutive postseason series to start a team's playoff history.

JACK McKEON, the oldest manager to ever win a World Series, becomes just the 2nd manager in history to lead a team to world title after taking over as manager during the season. The other was the Yankees' BOB LEMON in 1978.

THE NEW YORK YANKEES have lost consecutive World Series appearances (2001 and 2003) for the 1st time since 3 straight defeats in 1963, 1964 and 1976...This is the 1st time that the Yankees have lost a postseason Series at Yankee Stadium since the 1981 World Series, when Los Angeles defeated New York in the 6th and deciding game.

WINNING ON THE ROAD: Florida is just the 3rd team in the last 18 World Series to win the Series without a home field advantage...The Marlins are the 1st team to win the Series on the road since the Yankees at Shea Stadium in 2000.

THE MARLINS hit just 2 home runs in this Series, fewest in a Series of 6 or more games since St. Louis (2) in 7 games in 1987...Is the fewest for a winning team in a Series of 6 or more games since Kansas City (2) in 1985.

THE YANKEES had a 2.13 ERA in this Series, the lowest ERA for a losing team in the World Series since the St. Louis Browns (1.49) in a 6-game series vs. the Cardinals in 1944.

AARON BOONE had 3 errors in the series, tying the Series record for a 3rd baseman in a 6-game series with GLENN ELLIOT of the Boston Braves in 1948.

THE MARLINS scored just 17 runs in the 6 games, fewest for a winning team since Toronto had 17 in a 6-game victory over Atlanta in 1992.

JOSH BECKETT is the youngest World Series MVP since Florida's LIVAN HERNANDEZ was 22 in 1997.



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