This Day In Sports History (October 6th) – Seattle Mariners
It was on this day in 2001 that the Seattle Mariners won their 116th game of the regular season. The Mariners tied the all-time wins mark, which was first established by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
The 1906 Cubs went 116-36 (.763 winning pct.) during a time when teams played only 152 games per season compared to the 162 they currently play. The Mariners’ record of 116-46 (.716 winning pct.) is the most wins and highest winning percentage in American League modern history. Seattle was not only a great hitting team (leading the majors in runs scored), but also had very solid pitching and defense, as they led the league with the fewest runs allowed. They were led by Ichiro Suzuki, who came over from Japan for his first Major League season. He would end up winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards, and led the league in both batting average and stolen bases.
Despite their great regular season, the Mariners ultimately fell short of their World Series aspirations. After beating the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, Seattle was outclassed by the Yankees, losing to them in the ALCS in five games.
Here is a commercial from the Mariners.
Ruben Sierra, MLB – Born October 6th 1965 (age 46) in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Daniel Briere, NHL – Born October 6th 1977 (age 34) in Gatineau, Quebec
Richard Seymour, NFL – Born October 6th 1979 (age 32) in Gadsden, South Carolina