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1997 World Series

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The 1997 World Series was widely regarded as one of the most exciting Series in recent memory. It featured the Cleveland Indians, who were heading to their second World Series in three years. Their opponents were the Florida Marlins, who had set a record by reaching the Series in only their fifth season of operation. The Marlins were huge underdogs as they capped a stunning season by beating the Indians in seven games, four games to three. The final of Game 7 was decided in extra innings on an Edgar Rentería single.

Umpires: Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL), Joe West (NL), Greg Kosc (AL), Randy Marsh (NL), Ken Kaiser (AL)

Series MVP: Livan Hernandez


Contents

1 Trivia

Game 1

 October 18, 1997 at Joe Robbie Stadium (Florida Marlins)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cleveland Indians            1  0  0    0  1  1    0  1  0     4 11  0
   Florida Marlins              0  0  1    4  2  0    0  0  X     7  7  1
   PITCHERS: CLE - Hershiser, Juden (5), Plunk (6), Assenmacher (8)
             FLA - Hernandez, Cook (8), Nen (9)
              WP - Hernandez

LP - Hershiser

            SAVE - Nen
  HOME RUNS: CLE - Ramirez, Thome
             FLA - Alou, Johnson
 ATTENDANCE: 67,245



Game 2

 October 19, 1997 at Joe Robbie Stadium (Florida Marlins)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cleveland Indians            1  0  0    0  3  2    0  0  0     6 14  0
   Florida Marlins              1  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0     1  8  0
   PITCHERS: CLE - Ogea, Jackson (7), Mesa (9)
             FLA - Brown, Heredia (7), Alfonseca (8)
              WP - Ogea

LP - Brown

            SAVE - none
  HOME RUNS: CLE - Alomar
             FLA - none
 ATTENDANCE: 67,025



Game 3

 October 21, 1997 at Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Florida Marlins              1  0  1    1  0  2    2  0  7    14 16  3
   Cleveland Indians            2  0  0    3  2  0    0  0  4    11 10  3
   PITCHERS: FLA - Leiter, Heredia (5), Cook (8), Nen (9)
             CLE - Nagy, Anderson (7), Jackson (7), Assenmacher (8), Plunk (8), Morman (9), Mesa (9)
              WP - Cook

LP - Plunk

            SAVE - none
  HOME RUNS: FLA - Sheffield, Daulton, Eisenreich
             CLE - Thome
 ATTENDANCE: 44,880



Game 4

 October 22, 1997 at Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Florida Marlins              0  0  0    1  0  2    0  0  0     3  6  2
   Cleveland Indians            3  0  3    0  0  1    1  2  X    10 15  0
   PITCHERS: FLA - Saunders, Alfonseca (3), Vosberg (6), Powell (8)
             CLE - Wright, Anderson (7)
              WP - Wright

LP - Saunders

            SAVE - Anderson
  HOME RUNS: FLA - Alou
             CLE - Ramirez, Williams
 ATTENDANCE: 44,877



Game 5

 October 23, 1997 at Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Florida Marlins              0  2  0    0  0  4    0  1  1     8 15  2
   Cleveland Indians            0  1  3    0  0  0    0  0  3     7  9  0
   PITCHERS: FLA - Hernandez, Nen (9)
             CLE - Hershiser, Morman (6), Plunk (6), Juden (7), Assenmacher (8), Mesa (9)
              WP - Hernandez

LP - Hershiser

            SAVE - Nen
  HOME RUNS: FLA - Alou
             CLE - Alomar
 ATTENDANCE: 44,888



Game 6

 October 25, 1997 at Joe Robbie Stadium (Florida Marlins)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cleveland Indians            0  2  1    0  1  0    0  0  0     4  7  0
   Florida Marlins              0  0  0    0  1  0    0  0  0     1  8  0
   PITCHERS: CLE - Ogea, Jackson (6), Assenmacher (8), Mesa (9)
             FLA - Brown, Heredia (6), Powell (8), Vosberg (9)
              WP - Ogea

LP - Brown

            SAVE - Mesa
  HOME RUNS: CLE - none
             FLA - none
 ATTENDANCE: 67,498



Game 7 (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_97ws_gm7_clefla)

 October 26, 1997 at Joe Robbie Stadium (Florida Marlins)
                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9   10 11     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -     -  -  -
   Cleveland Indians            0  0  2    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0     2  6  2
   Florida Marlins              0  0  0    0  0  0    1  0  1    0  1     3  8  0
   PITCHERS: CLE - Wright, Assenmacher (7), Jackson (8), Anderson (8), Mesa (9), Nagy (10)
             FLA - Leiter, Cook (7), Alfonseca (8), Heredia (9), Nen (9), Powell (11)
              WP - Powell

LP - Nagy

            SAVE - none
  HOME RUNS: CLE - none
             FLA - Bonilla
 ATTENDANCE: 67,204



Trivia

  • This was third time in the 1990s that the World Series ended on the final at-bat (as was the case in 1991 & 1993 respectively).
  • NBC commentators made light of Indians outfielder Bip Roberts' bout with the flu during the course of the series.
  • Soon after Game 7 was complete, rumors on the internet started to spread that the 1989 (released four years before the Florida Marlins made their debut) film Back to the Future Part II accurately predicted their 1997 World Series victory.
  • Midway through one of the games in Miami, "surprise guest" Joe Dimaggio joined NBC's Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, and Bob Uecker in the television booth. Dimaggio joked that Morgan was a "Hall of Famer", Costas was a "Future Hall of Famer", yet didn't know what to think of when it came to Uecker. Ironically, several years later, Bob Uecker would be inducted in the broadcasters' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • NBC's West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer disturbed Major League Baseball when publically wished the World Series to end in a four game sweep so that it wouldn't derail NBC's fall entertainment schedule.
  • Many Marlins players wrote the #32 on their caps in support of pitcher Alex Fernandez, who tore his rotator cuff during the first round of the playoffs.
  • The Game 4 temperature in Cleveland, Ohio was fifteen degrees (15º fahrenheit) which was a new record for the coldest game in World Series history.
  • Game 7 of the 1997 World Series was the second longest game seven ever played in any World Series to date.
  • Livan Hernandez's mother was permitted to attend Game 7 on a visa before having to leave early for security reasons.
  • Even though Livan Hernandez was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1997 World Series, Moises Alou in retrospect, was the true star as he lead the Marlins by hitting .321 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

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