This Day In Sports History (October 24th) — Toronto Blue Jays
This Day In Sports History (October 25th) — Florida Marlins
It was on this day in 2003 that the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees played Game Six of the World Series. The Marlins went on to win the game 2-0 to capture the franchise’s second World Series title.
This marked the 100th anniversary of the first World Series ever played, although it was the 99th in history as the 1994 Series was canceled due to a players strike. Game six was a classic pitchers duel, as Josh Beckett took to the mound for the Marlins against veteran lefty Andy Pettitte of the Yankees. Pettitte pitched great but was outclassed by Beckett, who threw a complete game, five-hit shutout to earn World Series MVP honors. Beckett was also the tough luck loser in another pitchers duel in game three against Mike Mussina, as he threw seven innings and gave up just one run.
This turned out to be the final World Series game played in the original Yankee Stadium, which closed its doors after the 2008 season.
Here is a look at the Marlins celebrating their 2003 World Series victory from a fan’s view at Yankee Stadium.
Bobby Knight, NCAA – Born October 25th 1940 (age 73) in Massillon, Ohio
Dan Issel, NBA – Born October 25th 1948 (age 65) in Batavia, Illinois
Wendel Clark, NHL – Born October 25th 1966 (age 47) in Kelvington, Saskatchewan