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MARLINS HISTORY
The Road to the 1997 World Series


1997 DIVISION SERIES


Devon White's 6th-inning grand slam clinched a sweep in the Marlins' first ever playoff series.

The 1997 Florida Marlins clinched their first ever postseason berth with a 92-70 mark and were crowned as Wild Card champs. Using ninth-inning, game-winning singles by Edgar Renteria and Moises Alou in Games One and Two, and a Devon White sixth-inning grand slam in Game Three, the Marlins completed a sweep of the National League West Champion San Francisco Giants.

Game 1 - September 30, 1997

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WP - Cook (1-0) LP - Tavarez (0-1) SV - None 2B - Bonds, Sheffield 3B - None HR - CJohnson, Mueller SB - None E - None
Time - 2:48 Att - 42,167

Game 2 - October 1, 1997

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WP - Nen (1-0) LP - RHernandez (0-1) SV - None 2B - Javier, Conine, Bonds, Vizcaino 3B - None HR - Bonilla, BJohnson, Sheffield SB - Sheffield, Bonds E - Conine, Counsell
Time - 3:12 Att - 41,283

Game 3 - October 3, 1997

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WP - Fernandez (1-0) LP - Alvarez (0-1) SV - None 2B - Alou, CJohnson, Counsell 3B - None HR - Kent(2), White SB - None E - Renteria (2)
Time - 3:22 Att - 57,188


1997 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES


Livan Hernandez reacts after finishing off the Braves in Game 5 with his 15th strikeout.

Florida won the pennant against an Atlanta squad that had claimed four of the last five National League titles. Livan Hernandez's LCS-record 15 strikeouts in Game Five, in front of a home crowd of 51,982, earned him the Series MVP Award, while Kevin Brown, who battled a stomach ailment throughout the series, went the distance in Game Six at Turner Field to lead Florida into the World Series.

 

Game 1 - October 7, 1997

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WP - Brown (1-0) LP - Maddux (0-1) SV - Nen(1) 2B - Alou, CJohnson, Lockhart 3B - None HR - Klesko, CJones SB - Renteria E - McGriff, Lofton
Time - 3:04 Att - 49,244

Game 2 - October 8, 1997

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WP - Glavine (1-0) LP - Fernandez (0-1) SV - None 2B - Lopez, Abbott, Grafanino, White 3B - Lockhart HR - Klesko, CJones SB - None E - CJohnson
Time - 2:51 Att - 48,933

Game 3 - October 10, 1997

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WP - Hernandez (1-0) LP - Smoltz (0-1) SV - Nen (2) 2B - Renteria, Daulton, CJohnson 3B - None HR - Sheffield SB - None E - Lofton, Counsell
Time - 2:59 Att - 53,857

Game 4 - October 11, 1997

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WP - Neagle (1-0) LP - Leiter (0-1) SV - None 2B - CJones, McGriff 3B - None HR - Blauser SB - None E - None
Time - 2:48 Att - 54,890

Game 5 - October 12, 1997

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WP - Hernandez (2-0) LP - Maddux (0-2) SV - None 2B - Bonilla 3B - Lofton HR - Tucker SB - White E - None
Time - 2:27 Att - 51,982

Game 6 - October 14, 1997

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WP - Brown (2-0) LP - Glavine (1-1) SV - None 2B - None 3B - None HR - None SB - Lofton E - CJohnson, Blauser
Time - 3:10 Att - 50,446


1997 WORLD SERIES


The Marlins celebrate as Craig Counsell crosses the plate with the World Series-winning run.

The Marlins became the first Wild Card team ever to win a World Series, as they came from behind to claim eight of their 11 postseason victories. But none was more exciting than Edgar Renteria's 11th inning, two-out single in Game Seven, his second game-ender of the postseason and Florida's 29th win of the season in their final at-bat. It marked just the third Game Seven in Series history to go extra innings.

Charles Johnson led the Marlins with 10 hits including a pair of three-hit games, while Livan Hernandez became the second rookie to win the Series MVP award (Larry Sherry, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1959 was the first) and the first rookie pitcher in 50 years to win two World Series starts. In Game Three, Florida became just the second team in Series history to score seven runs in the ninth inning. In Game Four, the Marlins faced a 15-degree wind chill in the coldest World Series game ever played.

The Pro Player Stadium crowd of 67,498 in Game Six was the largest to see a World Series game since 1954. The 403,617 fans that attended the Series was the second-highest total ever, while Florida became the first team ever to draw over 500,000 in a single postseason.

Game 1 - October 18, 1997

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WP - Hernandez (1-0) LP - Hershiser (0-1) SV - Nen(1) 2B - Roberts (2), Counsell, Giles, Grissom 3B - None HR - Alou, CJohnson, MRamirez, Thome SB - None E - Sheffield
Time - 3:19 Att - 67,245

Game 2 - October 19, 1997

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WP - Ogea (1-0) LP - Brown (0-1) SV - None 2B - TFernandez, Vizquel, White, Renteria, Alou(2) 3B - None HR - Alomar SB - None E - None
Time - 2:40 Att - 67,025

Game 3 - October 21, 1997

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WP - Cook (1-0) LP - Plunk (0-1) SV - None 2B - Sheffield, Roberts 3B - None HR - Thome, Daulton, Sheffield, Eisenreich SB - None E - Leiter, Bonilla(2), Grissom, Thome, TFernandez
Time - 4:12 Att - 44,880

Game 4 - October 22, 1997

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WP - Wright (1-0) LP - Saunders (0-1) SV - None 2B - Daulton, Roberts, Alomar 3B - None HR - Alou, MRamirez, MWilliams SB - Counsell, Vizquel E - Saunders, Renteria
Time - 3:15 Att - 44,877

Game 5 - October 23, 1997

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WP - Hernandez (2-0) LP - Hershiser (0-2) SV - Nen(2) 2B - White(2), Bonilla, Daulton 3B - Thome HR - Alou, Alomar SB - Alou, Daulton E - Hernandez, Counsell
Time - 3:39 Att - 44,888

Game 6 - October 25, 1997

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WP - Ogea (2-0) LP - Brown (0-2) SV - Mesa (1) 2B - Vizquel, Williams, Grissom 3B - White HR - None SB - Vizquel(2), White E - None
Time - 3:15 Att - 67,498

Game 7 - October 26, 1997

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WP - Powell (1-0) LP - Nagy (0-1) SV - None 2B - Renteria 3B - None HR - Bonilla SB - Vizquel(2) E - MRamirez, TFernandez
Time - 4:10 Att - 67,204