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1997 World Series - Florida Marlins vs Cleveland Indians

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Florida Marlins 4
Cleveland Indians 3

October 18 - October 26, 1997

The 1997 World Series featured the expansion Marlins, who set a record by advancing to the Series in just their fifth season.

The Marlins jumped to prominence with a stable of highly-paid free agents who they would be unable to support in a few years.

Cleveland won its second AL pennant in three years and their fifth overall. The Indians entered the Series as heavy favorites.

At Florida's Pro Player Park, Livan Hernandez dueled with Indians ace Orel Hershiser. Hernandez won 7-4 despite surrendering eleven hits.

In Game 2, Cleveland rebounded with a 6-1 win.

Game 3 in Cleveland was a slugfest. Eleven pitchers appeared in a 14-11 Marlins victory. Florida's Al Leiter emerged the victor with home runs from Darren Daulton, Jim Eisenreich, and Gary Sheffield. Indian Jim Thome knocked his second Series homer.

In Game 4, Cleveland's Jaret Wright and Brian Anderson combined for a 10-3 win. Ramirez and Matt Williams provided 8? RBIs.

In Game 5, Hernandez topped Hershiser and five relievers in an 8-7 Florida triumph.

Back in Florida, Cleveland's Chad Ogea tied the Series with a clutch 4-1 win.

Game 7 was the most exciting and the second longest in Series history, going four hours and ten minutes. Tied 2-2 in the eleventh, Edgar Rentería singled home the winning and Series-clinching run.

Florida became the youngest franchise and the first Wild Card team to win a Series. The glow of the 1997 World Series faded the following season, though, as Florida finished fifth (54-108).

Around the World:

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  • October 20 - U.S. accused Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers.
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  • October 23 - Dow Jones dropped 186.88 pts.
  • October 25 - Denis Sassou-Nguesso proclaimed himself President of Congo following brief civil war.
  • October 26 - Basketball player Charles Barkley charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest after throwing Jorge Lugo through a plate glass window in an Orlando dance club.

1997 in Baseball:

  • January 6 - Phil Niekro voted into Hall of Fame.
  • April 15 - On fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game, Robinson's #42 retired from all MLB teams except for players currently wearing #42.
  • May 13 - Eddie Murray sixth player to play in 3000 games.
  • June 10 - Florida's Kevin Brown no-hit Giants 9-0, lost perfect game bid in ninth inning when hit Marvin Benard.
  • June 30 - Montreal beat Toronto 2-1, the first game between Canadian teams.
  • September 10 - Mark McGwire joined Babe Ruth as the only players with consecutive 50 HR seasons.
  • November 6 - Milwaukee Brewers switched to NL Central to keep leagues evenly numbered with 1998 additions of Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (AL).

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