2001 American League Championship Series

The 2001 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a rematch of the 2000 ALCS between the New York Yankees, who had come off a dramatic comeback against the Oakland Athletics in the Division Series after being down two games to zero, and the Seattle Mariners, who had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in five games. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001 (the series was played in late October due to Major League Baseball temporarily shutting down in the wake of the attacks). The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.

Though the Mariners had won an American League record 116 regular season games (tying the major league record established by the 1906 Chicago Cubs), and had home field advantage, the Yankees won the first two games in Seattle. The Mariners' manager, former Yankee player and manager Lou Piniella, guaranteed after Game 2 that the Mariners would win at least two of the next three games in New York to return the series to Seattle. But the Yankees closed out the series in New York, beating the Mariners four games to one. The series ended with a 12–3 Yankees victory in Game 5.

2001 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 95–65, .594, GA: 13½
Seattle Mariners (1) Lou Piniella 116–46, .716, GA: 14
DatesOctober 17–22
MVPAndy Pettitte (New York)
UmpiresEd Montague, Wally Bell, Gary Cederstrom, Charlie Reliford, John Shulock, Tim Welke
TV announcersThom Brennaman and Steve Lyons (Games 1–2)
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Games 3–5)
Radio announcersJon Miller and Joe Morgan


Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees

New York won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 New York Yankees – 4, Seattle Mariners – 2 Safeco Field 3:06 47,644[1] 
2 October 18 New York Yankees – 3, Seattle Mariners – 2 Safeco Field 3:25 47,791[2] 
3 October 20 Seattle Mariners – 14, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:49 56,517[3] 
4 October 21 Seattle Mariners – 1, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:24 56,375[4] 
5 October 22 Seattle Mariners – 3, New York Yankees – 12 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:18 56,370[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Paul O'Neill (1)
SEA: None

Game 1's starting date was the latest ever for a League Championship series. The Yankees took a 1–0 lead on a Chuck Knoblauch single that scored Jorge Posada in the second off of Aaron Sele, then increased it to 3–0 on a Paul O'Neill two-run home run in the fourth. The Mariners got on the board on a John Olerud groundout that scored Edgar Martínez in the fifth off of Andy Pettitte. The score remained 3–1 until the ninth when the Yankees increased their lead to 4–1 off of Jose Paniagua on a David Justice single that scored Alfonso Soriano, who singled and stole second. The Mariners got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Mariano Rivera threw a wild pitch to Bret Boone that scored Ichiro Suzuki, who doubled with one-out and went to third on another wild pitch, but Rivera retired Boone and the next batter, Edgar Martínez, to end the game.

Game 2

Thursday, October 18, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Seattle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
WP: Mike Mussina (1–0)   LP: Freddy García (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: None
SEA: Stan Javier (1)

In Game 2, the Yankees took a 2–0 lead in the second against Freddy García on a Scott Brosius double that scored Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada, who singled and walked, respectively. Brosius would then score on a Chuck Knoblauch single two batters later to make it 3–0 Yankees. The Mariners responded in the fourth on a two-run home run from Stan Javier off of Mike Mussina after Mike Cameron was hit by a pitch to make it a one-run game. But neither team scored thereafter and the Yankees took a 2–0 series lead to New York City.

This remains the last MLB post-season game played in Seattle as of 2018.

Game 3

Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 1 2 14 15 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 2
WP: Jamie Moyer (1–0)   LP: Orlando Hernández (0–1)
Home runs:
SEA: John Olerud (1), Bret Boone (1), Jay Buhner (1)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)

The Yankees jumped to a 2–0 lead in the first on a Bernie Williams two-run home run off of Jamie Moyer after David Justice walked. But they did not score again until the eighth on a David Justice RBI single off of Jose Paniagua. Orlando Hernández pitched four shutout innings before letting the Mariners load the bases on two walks and a single in the fifth. Bret Boone's single scored two to tie the game. Next inning, John Olerud's lead off home run put the Mariners up 3−2, their first lead in the series. After allowing a single and walk, Hernández was relieved by Mike Stanton. An error allowed another run to score and put runners on second and third. After David Bell flied out, Ichiro Suzuki was intentionally walked to load the bases and Mark McLemore cleared them with a triple. Mark Wohlers relieved Stanton and gave up a two-run home run to Boone to make it 9−2. Next inning, with runners on first and third on a walk and error, Bell's single scored Cameron. Jay Witasick relieved Wohlers and, after getting two outs, allowed an RBI single to Boone. Next inning, Stan Javier hit a leadoff single, moved to third on two ground outs, and scored on Bell's single off of Witasick. In the ninth, Witasick allowed a one-out home run to Jay Buhner, then a triple to Al Martin, who scored on Olerud's single. John Halama retired the Yankees in order in the bottom of the inning as the Mariners cruised to a 14–3 win and a guaranteed Game 5.

Game 4

Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)   LP: Kazuhiro Sasaki (0–1)
Home runs:
SEA: Bret Boone (2)
NYY: Bernie Williams (2), Alfonso Soriano (1)

Game 4 remained scoreless until Bret Boone hit a home run off Yankees reliever Ramiro Mendoza in the top of the eighth to give the Mariners a 1–0 lead, but the Yankees responded in the bottom of the inning with a Bernie Williams home run off Arthur Rhodes to tie the game. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth and the Yankees won the game 3–1 in the bottom of the inning on an Alfonso Soriano two-run home run after Scott Brosius singled off Kazuhiro Sasaki to take a 3–1 series lead. Before the eighth, each team only had one hit in the game, John Olerud's leadoff single in the fourth off of Roger Clemens for the Mariners and Tino Martinez's ground-rule double off of Norm Charlton in the sixth for the Yankees. The Mariners issued 10 walks while the Yankees issued five.

Game 5

Monday, October 22, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 9 1
New York 0 0 4 1 0 4 0 3 X 12 13 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (2–0)   LP: Aaron Sele (0–2)
Home runs:
SEA: None
NYY: Bernie Williams (3), Paul O'Neill (2), Tino Martinez (1)

In the bottom of the third inning of Game 5, an error by Mariner third baseman David Bell allowed Scott Brosius to reach base. Alfonso Soriano then singled and both men advanced a base on Chuck Knoblauch's sacrifice bunt. Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly and David Justice's double scored a run each, then Bernie Williams capped the scoring with a two-run home run off Aaron Sele, all four runs unearned. Paul O'Neill homered in the fourth to put the Yankees on top 5–0. In the sixth, Mariners reliever John Halama allowed three straight leadoff singles to load the bases. Joel Piñeiro relieved him and struck out Brosius, but then threw a wild pitch to Soriano to let one run score. Soriano walked to reload the bases before Knoblauch's single, Jeter's walk, and Justice's single scored a run each. The Mariners got their only three runs of the game in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three singles with one out, then a single by Bell scored two followed by a single by Ichiro Suzuki scoring another off of Andy Pettitte. In the bottom of the eighth, Tino Martinez hit a three-run home run off of José Paniagua and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth as the Yankees cruised to a 12–3 win to advance to the World Series for the fourth straight year.

Composite linescore

2001 ALCS (4–1): New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 4 4 3 0 4 0 5 3 25 42 4
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0 2 3 7 5 2 3 22 36 1
Total attendance: 264,697   Average attendance: 52,939

Series quotes

Soriano into deep right, Ichiro back, at the wall...Yankees win!

— FOX Sports Joe Buck calling Alfonso Soriano's dramatic walk-off home run in Game 4.

Before you guys start asking questions let me start by saying We're gonna be back here (Seattle) for Game 6, I told the people out there the same thing, I guarantee you we will be back here for Game 6.

— Mariners manager Lou Piniella in a press conference after their Game 2 loss.


The Yankees' streak of consecutive World Series wins ended at three, as they fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series in seven games. They made the World Series again in 2003, but lost to the underdog Florida Marlins. The Yankees did not win another World Series until 2009.

The Mariners' 116 wins in the regular season remain the most of an American League team and tied with the 1906 Cubs as the most in the MLB. Despite their success, they have not made the postseason since 2001, which is the longest active drought in all of the four major North American professional sports.


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External links

2001 Major League Baseball season

The 2001 Major League Baseball season, the first of the 21st century, finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in seven games, for the World Series championship. The September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. pushed the end of the regular-season from September 30 to October 7. Because of the attack, the World Series was not completed until November 4. The 2001 World Series was the first World Series to end in November.

This season was memorable for the Seattle Mariners equaling the Major League regular season record of 116 wins, Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, and baseball's patriotic return after a week's worth of games being postponed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Andy Pettitte

Andrew Eugene Pettitte (; born June 15, 1972) is an American former baseball starting pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the New York Yankees. He also pitched for the Houston Astros. Pettitte won five World Series championships with the Yankees and was a three-time All-Star. He ranks as MLB's all-time postseason wins leader with 19.Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees organization in 1990, and he signed with them roughly a year later. After debuting in the major leagues in 1995, Pettitte finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award. In 1996, he led the AL with 21 wins and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young Award, and two years later, he was named the Yankees' Opening Day starter. Pettitte established himself as one of the "Core Four" players who contributed to the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty that produced four championships. Pettitte won the 2001 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in helping his team win the pennant. After spending nine seasons with the Yankees—a stint in which he won at least 12 games each season—Pettitte signed with the Astros in 2004. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 and later that season admitted to using human growth hormone to recover from an elbow injury in 2002. Pettitte's second tenure with the team lasted six seasons, interrupted by a one-year retirement in 2011, and also produced a fifth World Series championship.

Pettitte's pitching repertoire included a four-seam and cut fastball and several off-speed pitches such as a slider, curveball, and changeup. A left-handed pitcher, he had an exceptional pickoff move to first base, which allowed him to record 98 career pickoffs. Among Yankees pitchers, Pettitte ranks first in strikeouts (2,020), third in wins (219), and tied for first in games started (438). He won the most games of any pitcher in the 2000s.

His number 46 was retired by the Yankees on August 23, 2015.

Core Four

The "Core Four" are former New York Yankees baseball players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. Each member of the Core Four was a key contributor to the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty that won four World Series championships in five years.

Jeter, Pettitte, Posada, and Rivera were drafted or signed as amateurs by the Yankees in the early 1990s. They played together in the minor leagues, and they each made their Yankee major league debuts in 1995. By 2007, they were the only remaining Yankees from the franchise's dynasty of the previous decade. All four players were on the Yankees' active roster in 2009 when the team won the 2009 World Series—its fifth championship in the previous 14 years.

Three members of the Core Four—Jeter, Rivera and Posada—played together for 17 consecutive years (1995–2011), longer than any other similar group in history of North American professional sports. Pettitte had a sojourn away from the team when he played for the Houston Astros for three seasons, but returned to the Yankees in 2007. He retired after the 2010 season, reducing the group to the so-called Key Three. Posada followed suit after 2011, ending his 17-year career with the Yankees. Pettitte came out of retirement prior to the 2012 season and played for two more years. Both Pettitte and Rivera retired after the 2013 season, and Jeter retired after the 2014 season.

Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher)

William Michael Stanton (born June 2, 1967) is a former left-handed specialist relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who enjoyed success over his career, most notably with the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Stanton currently hosts the pregame show for the Houston Astros on AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

Stan Javier

Stanley Julián Antonio Javier [hah-ve-ERR] (born January 9, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He is the son of long time St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Julián Javier, and was named after his father's teammate and close friend, Stan Musial.

A switch-hitter with good production from both sides of the plate, he also had a strong arm with the ability to play all three outfield positions exceptionally well.

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