2001 National League Championship Series

The 2001 National League Championship Series (NLCS) saw the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the National League pennant in the franchise's fourth year of existence. The Diamondbacks went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.

2001 National League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Arizona Diamondbacks (4) Bob Brenly 92–70, .568, GA: 2
Atlanta Braves (1) Bobby Cox 88–74, .543, GA: 2
DatesOctober 16–21
MVPCraig Counsell (Arizona)
UmpiresJerry Crawford, Jeff Kellogg, Angel Hernandez, Mike Reilly, Gerry Davis, Tim McClelland
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck and Tim McCarver (Games 1–2)
Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons (Games 3–5) (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
Radio announcersCharley Steiner and Dave Campbell


The Diamondbacks won their division with a 92–70 record. The strength of their team was clearly the pitching duo of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. The primary weapon for Arizona on offense was Luis Gonzalez, who belted 57 home runs during the season. The Diamondbacks had outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS to reach their first NLCS.

The Atlanta Braves won their tenth straight division title, but it had not been by a wide margin in 2001. They struggled to an 88–74 record, their worst since 1990. Greg Maddux had another big season for the Braves, winning seventeen games. Chipper Jones was the leader of the Atlanta offense, batting .330 during the season to go along with his 38 home runs. After their embarrassing defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2000 NLDS, the underdog Braves blitzed the Houston Astros in the 2001 NLDS, sweeping them in three games. To date, this is the Braves' most recent NLCS appearance.


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves

Arizona won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 16 Atlanta Braves – 0, Arizona Diamondbacks – 2 Bank One Ballpark 2:44 37,729[1] 
2 October 17 Atlanta Braves – 8, Arizona Diamondbacks – 1 Bank One Ballpark 2:54 49,334[2] 
3 October 19 Arizona Diamondbacks – 5, Atlanta Braves – 1 Turner Field 2:59 41,624[3] 
4 October 20 Arizona Diamondbacks – 11, Atlanta Braves – 4 Turner Field 3:47 42,291[4] 
5 October 21 Arizona Diamondbacks – 3, Atlanta Braves – 2 Turner Field 3:13 35,652[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Arizona 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2 8 0
WP: Randy Johnson (1–0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0–1)

The 2001 NLCS began with a pitching matchup of multiple-Cy Young Award winners Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux. Reggie Sanders plated a run in the first with a single to give Arizona a 1–0 lead. The Diamondbacks went ahead 2–0 after Luis Gonzalez drove in Craig Counsell, who doubled with two outs with a single in the fifth. Though Maddux went seven innings, Johnson pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout with eleven strikeouts.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 8 8 0
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Tom Glavine (1–0)   LP: Miguel Batista (0–1)
Home runs:
ATL: Marcus Giles (1), Javy López (1), B. J. Surhoff (1)
ARI: None

The Braves responded to Johnson's dominating performance with one of their own from Tom Glavine. Marcus Giles led the game off with a home run for the Braves off Miguel Batista. Glavine went seven innings, scattering five hits and giving up one run in the sixth when Reggie Sanders walked with two outs and scored two batters later on Matt Williams's single. In the top of the seventh, Andruw Jones walked two outs off of Batista before Javy López hit a two-run homer to make it 3–1. Atlanta scored five runs in the eighth with two outs to break the game open. Julio Franco singled and Chipper Jones walked off of Mike Morgan before both scored on Brian Jordan's double. Greg Swindell relieved Morgan and allowed a two-run home run to B. J. Surhoff. Bobby Witt relieved Swindell and allowed back-to-back singles to Jones and Lopez before Rey Sanchez's RBI single made it 8–1 Braves. Steve Karsay and John Smoltz pitched perfect eighth and ninth, respectively as the Braves' win tied the series 1–1 heading to Atlanta.

Game 3

Friday, October 19, 2001 at Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: Curt Schilling (1–0)   LP: John Burkett (0–1)

Curt Schilling, who earned an MVP award in the 1993 NLCS against the Braves, got the start in Game 3 in Atlanta. Braves starter John Burkett gave up two runs in the third when Steve Finley doubled with two on. That would be all Schilling would need, as he, much like Johnson, controlled the Braves lineup. Atlanta got a run in the fourth when Marcus Giles hit a leadoff double and scored on Chipper Jones's one-out single, but with the bases loaded with one out, Steve Reed relieved Burkett and a Chipper Jones error at third base on Matt Williams's groundball allowed two runs to score. Mike Remlinger relieved Reed and allowed an RBI single to Finley. Ahead 5–1, Schilling cruised the rest of the way, tossing a complete game and striking out twelve men.

Game 4

Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 4 11 12 0
Atlanta 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 13 4
WP: Brian Anderson (1–0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0–2)   Sv: Byung-Hyun Kim (1)
Home runs:
ARI: Luis Gonzalez (1)
ATL: Andruw Jones (1)

Looking to tie the series, Bobby Cox started Greg Maddux on short rest. For two innings, the move appeared to work. The Braves struck first off of Diamondback starter Albie Lopez when Marcus Giles walked to lead off the first and scored on RBI double by Chipper Jones. Next inning, a lead off homer by Andruw Jones made it 2–0 Braves. However, the wheels came off for Atlanta in the third when two errors, a single, and fielder's choice allowed Arizona to load the bases with two outs. Steve Finley's single scored two with Finley going to second on another error, then Matt Williams and Mark Grace hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Arizona up 4–2. Manager Bob Brenly went for the jugular in the fourth, pinch hitting David Dellucci for Lopez to lead off the inning. Dellucci singled, then Tony Womack singled before Craig Counsell hit a two-run double to left to make it 6–2. Brian Anderson, who picked up the win, pitched ​3 13. The Braves scored in the seventh off of Mike Morgan on Brian Jordan's RBI single with the run charged to Anderson, but in the eighth, Arizona got the run back off of Steve Karsay when Womack singled with one out and scored on Counsell's double. The Braves loaded the bases in the bottom half on three straight leadoff singles off of Jason Marquis, but Byung-Hyun Kim in relief allowed just one run on Javy López's double play. In the ninth, Jason Marquis struck out the first two men he faced, but a walk and error was followed by Counsell's RBI single. Luis Gonzalez's three-run homer broke the game open at 11–4 Arizona, all four runs unearned. Kim pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth as the win put Arizona firmly in control of the series, ahead three games to one with a rested Randy Johnson set to pitch.

Game 5

Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 1
WP: Randy Johnson (2–0)   LP: Tom Glavine (1–1)   Sv: Byung-Hyun Kim (2)
Home runs:
ARI: Erubiel Durazo (1)
ATL: Julio Franco (1)

Game 1 winner Randy Johnson and Game 2 winner Tom Glavine faced off as Arizona looked to advance to their first ever World Series appearance. Former Brave Danny Bautista broke a scoreless tie in the fourth by singling home Mark Grace. The Braves promptly tied the game when veteran Julio Franco led off the fourth with a home run, the first run Johnson had allowed the whole series. However, Arizona answered right back in the top of the fifth when Erubiel Durazo hit a two-out two-run blast off Glavine to make it 3–1, both runs unearned. In the seventh, Franco added another RBI with a single that made it 3–2. However, Byung-Hyun Kim came into the game and kept the Braves from getting any closer. He pitched two scoreless innings and Arizona won its first National League pennant.

Composite box

2001 NLCS (4–1): Arizona Diamondbacks over Atlanta Braves

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 6 3 6 1 0 1 4 22 40 3
Atlanta Braves 2 1 0 2 0 0 4 6 0 15 35 7
Total attendance: 206,630   Average attendance: 41,326

Media coverage

Fox carried the National League Division Series over its network with its top broadcast team, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, calling the action of Game 1 and Game 2, and Thom Brennaman (himself a Diamondbacks broadcaster) and Steve Lyons calling the action of Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5. Game 5 of the 2001 NLCS was played at the same time as Game 4 of the 2001 ALCS and was a split national broadcast on Fox and Fox Sports Net. ESPN Radio provided national radio coverage for the fourth consecutive year, with Charley Steiner and Dave Campbell calling the action.

Locally, the NLCS was called on KTAR-AM in Phoenix by Greg Schulte, Jeff Munn, Rod Allen and Jim Traber, and on WSB-AM in Atlanta by Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, and Joe Simpson.

Series quotes

In the air, left centerfield...and the Arizona Diamondbacks become the fastest expansion franchise to reach the World Series! In just their fourth year, they will move on to the Fall Classic.


  1. ^ "2001 NLCS Game 1 - Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "2001 NLCS Game 2 - Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "2001 NLCS Game 3 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "2001 NLCS Game 4 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "2001 NLCS Game 5 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.

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.

2001 World Series

The 2001 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2001 season. The 97th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Arizona Diamondbacks and the three-time defending World Series champions and American League (AL) champion New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees, four games to three to win the series. Considered one of the greatest World Series of all time, memorable aspects included two extra-inning games and three late-inning comebacks. Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were both named World Series Most Valuable Players.

The Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Oakland Athletics, three games to two, in the AL Division Series, and then the Seattle Mariners in the AL Championship Series, four games to one. It was the Yankees' fourth consecutive World Series appearance, after winning championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. The Diamondbacks advanced to the World Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, three games to two, in the NL Division Series, and then the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series, four games to one. It was the franchise's first appearance in a World Series.

The Series began later than usual as a result of a delay in the regular season after the September 11 attacks and was the first to extend into November. The Diamondbacks won the first two games at home, limiting the Yankees to just one run. The Yankees responded with a close win in game 3, at which US President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In games 4 and 5, the Yankees won in comeback fashion, hitting game-tying home runs off Diamondbacks closer Byung-hyun Kim with one out remaining in consecutive games, before winning in extra innings. The Diamondbacks won game 6 in blowout, forcing a decisive game 7. In the final game, the Yankees led in the ninth inning before the Diamondbacks staged a comeback against closer Mariano Rivera, capped off by a walk-off, bases-loaded bloop single by Luis Gonzalez to clinch Arizona's championship victory. This was the third World Series to end in a bases-loaded, walk-off hit, following 1991 and 1997.

Among several firsts, the 2001 World Series was: the first World Series championship for the Diamondbacks; the first World Series ever played in the state of Arizona and the Mountain Time Zone; the first championship for a Far West state other than California; the first major professional sports team from the state of Arizona to win a championship; and the earliest an MLB franchise had ever won a World Series (the Diamondbacks had only existed for four years). The home team won every game in the Series, which had only happened twice before, in 1987 and 1991. The Diamondbacks outscored the Yankees, 37–14, as a result of large margins of victory achieved by Arizona at Bank One Ballpark relative to the one-run margins the Yankees achieved at Yankee Stadium. Arizona's pitching held powerhouse New York to a .183 batting average, the lowest in a seven-game World Series. This and the 2002 World Series were the last two consecutive World Series to have game sevens until the World Series of 2016 and 2017. The 2001 World Series was the subject of an HBO documentary, Nine Innings from Ground Zero, in 2004.

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Craig Counsell

Craig John Counsell (born August 21, 1970) is an American former professional baseball player and current manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Counsell was an infielder who played sixteen seasons for five teams. Counsell is currently the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers of the National League, a position he has held since May 2015.

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