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[edit] Summary

Considered one of the most exciting Octobers in recent years, 2003 saw celebrated franchises falter in both league championship series.

In the division series, the Cubs beat the Braves in five games to secure a meeting with the Marlins in the NLCS. The Fish fell behind three games to one, but shocked the Cubs by beating aces Mark Prior and Kerry Wood at Wrigley Field. Steve Bartman became a household name in the roller coaster series.

In the American League, a fine baseball rivalry continued in the ALCS. The Red Sox and Yankees locked horns in an exciting seven game series that even featured a brawl. Game seven became legendary when Aaron Boone hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning against Tim Wakefield.

Marlins' youngster Josh Beckett was the hero of the World Series, tossing a complete game shutout on only three days rest.

[edit] Series Summaries

[edit] American League

[edit] ALDS:

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Main article: 2003 ALCS

[edit] National League

[edit] NLDS:

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Main article: 2003 NLCS

[edit] World Series:

Main article: 2003 World Series

[edit] NL Team Stats

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Braves 101-61 Bobby Cox .284 235 907 4.10 1.36 740
Giants 100-61 Felipe Alou .264 180 755 3.73 1.32 638
Cubs 88-74 Dusty Baker .259 172 724 3.83 1.32 683
Marlins 91-71 Jack McKeon .266 157 751 4.04 1.34 692

[edit] AL Team Stats

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Yankees 101-61 Joe Torre .271 230 877 4.02 1.29 716
Athletics 96-66 Ken Macha .254 176 768 3.63 1.27 643
Twins 90-72 Ron Gardenhire .277 155 801 4.41 1.32 758
Red Sox 95-67 Grady Little .289 238 961 4.48 1.36 809
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