Game 1

Saturday, October 27, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Arizona 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 X 9 10 0
WP: Curt Schilling (1–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
ARI: Craig Counsell (1), Luis Gonzalez (1)

Arizona showed no fear and chased Yankees starter Mike Mussina after just three innings. The Yankees gave up five unearned runs and the Diamondbacks rode Curt Schilling's seven strong innings to a 9–1 rout. Craig Counsell homered off Mussina in the first and Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the third and scored twice. Although the Yankees scored one run on one hit in the first, they were only able to get two more hits after that and held hitless after the fourth inning.

Game 2

Sunday, October 28, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Arizona 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 4 5 0
WP: Randy Johnson (1–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
ARI: Matt Williams (1)

Arizona continued to take control of the Series behind the arm of Randy Johnson. The Big Unit pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only four baserunners and three hits while striking out eleven Yankees. Matt Williams hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Yankee starter Andy Pettitte as Arizona won 4–0 and took a commanding two games to none lead as the Series headed to New York City.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 7 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)   LP: Brian Anderson (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
ARI: None
NYY: Jorge Posada (1)

The game was opened in New York by President George W. Bush, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a strike to Yankees backup catcher Todd Greene. Bush became the first sitting President to throw out a World Series first pitch since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He also threw it from the mound where the pitcher would stand (unlike most ceremonial first pitches which are from in front of the mound) and threw it for a strike. Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" rang throughout Yankee Stadium. Yankees starter Roger Clemens allowed only three hits and struck out nine in seven innings of work. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitched two innings for the save. Scott Brosius broke a sixth inning tie with an RBI single to left.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)   LP: Byung-Hyun Kim (0–1)
Home runs:
ARI: Mark Grace (1)
NYY: Shane Spencer (1), Tino Martinez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

Arizona manager Bob Brenly took a gamble and started Curt Schilling on three days' rest. It worked as Schilling pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run, Shane Spencer's solo homer in the third, and three hits. Yankees' Orlando Hernandez pitched 6 13 solid innings, but gave up a game-tying home run to Mark Grace in the fourth. The Diamondbacks took a 3–1 lead in the top of the eighth on an Erubiel Durazo double and a fielder's choice, which prompted Brenly to bring in closer Byung-Hyun Kim for a two inning save. Kim, at 22, became the first Korean-born player to play in the World Series. Kim struck out the side in the eighth, but the Yankees began their comeback in the ninth. First, Jeter tried bunting, but was out by one step. Then Paul O'Neill lined an opposite-field single in front of left fielder Luis Gonzalez. After Bernie Williams struck out, Tino Martinez hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw from Kim over the right-center field wall, tying the game 3–3. Brenly stuck with his closer as the game headed into extra innings. When the scoreboard clock in Yankee Stadium passed midnight, World Series play in November began, with the message on the scoreboard "Welcome to November Baseball". Derek Jeter hit an opposite field walk-off home run on a 3–2 pitch count from Kim. This walk-off home run gave the Yankees a 4–3 victory and tied the Series at two, making Jeter the first player to hit a November home run and earning him the tongue-in-cheek nickname of "Mr. November".

Game 5

Thursday, November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1
WP: Sterling Hitchcock (1–0)   LP: Albie Lopez (0–1)
Home runs:
ARI: Steve Finley (1), Rod Barajas (1)
NYY: Scott Brosius (1)

For Game 5, Brenly started Miguel Batista, who pitched a strong 7 23 scoreless innings. Mussina bounced back from his poor Game 1 start, but allowed solo home runs to Steve Finley and Rod Barajas in the fifth. With the Diamondbacks leading 2–0 in the ninth, Brenly again went to his closer, and for the second night in a row Byung-Hyun Kim failed to hold the lead. Jorge Posada doubled to open the inning, but Kim retired the next two batters. Then, with two outs in the ninth Scott Brosius hit a 1–0 pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at two. Yankee Stadium erupted after the Brosius home run. For the second straight night, the game went into extra innings following a ninth inning home run and the Yankees won it in the twelfth when Alfonso Soriano knocked in Chuck Knoblauch with a base hit off Albie Lopez. New York went ahead three games to two in the series as the teams headed back to Arizona. In the top of the ninth inning, with the Yankees down 2–0, Paul O'Neill (retiring after the series) was serenaded by Yankees fans chanting his name in unison.

Game 6

Saturday, November 3, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
Arizona 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 X 15 22 0
WP: Randy Johnson (2–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–2)

With Arizona in a must-win situation, the Diamondbacks provided Randy Johnson all the offense he would ever need. Johnson struck out seven in seven innings of work, giving up just two runs. The Diamondbacks rocked Yankees starter Andy Pettitte for six runs after two innings and nine more runs against reliever Jay Witasick in one and a third innings before Randy Choate and Mike Stanton kept them scoreless for the rest of the game. They hit six doubles and Danny Bautista went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. They set a World Series record with 22 hits and handed New York its most lopsided loss in 293 postseason games. The 15–2 win evened the series at three games apiece and set up a Game 7 for the ages between Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, again pitching on three days' rest.

Game 7

Sunday, November 4, 2001 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 3
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 11 0
WP: Randy Johnson (3–0)   LP: Mariano Rivera (1–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Alfonso Soriano (1)
ARI: None

It was a matchup of two twenty-game winners in the Series finale that would crown a new champion. Clemens at 39 years old became the oldest Game 7 starter ever. Schilling had already started two games of the Series and pitched his 300th inning of the season on just three days' rest. The two aces matched each other inning by inning and after seven full, the game was tied at 1–1. The Diamondbacks scored first in the sixth inning with a Steve Finley single and a Danny Bautista double (Bautista would be called out at third base). The Yankees responded with an RBI single from Tino Martinez, which drove in Derek Jeter. Brenly stayed with Schilling into the eighth, and the move backfired as Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run on an 0–2 pitch. After Schilling got one out, he gave up a single to David Justice, and he left the game trailing 2–1. Brenly brought in Miguel Batista to get out Derek Jeter and then in an unconventional move, brought in the previous night's starter Randy Johnson, who had thrown 104 pitches, in relief to keep it a one-run game. It proved to be a smart move, as Johnson retired all four Yankees he faced.

With the Yankees ahead 2–1 in the bottom of the eighth, manager Joe Torre turned the game over to his ace closer Mariano Rivera for a two-inning save. Rivera was one of the strongest closers in the game, and had pitched brilliantly throughout the postseason up to that point. Rivera struck out the side in the eighth, including Arizona's sluggers Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, and Danny Bautista, which lowered his ERA in the postseason to a major league-best of 0.70. Although he was sharp in the eighth, this game would end in the third ninth-inning comeback of the Series.

Mark Grace led off the inning with a single to center on a 1–0 pitch. The real turning point was Rivera's errant throw to second base on a bunt attempt by Damian Miller on an 0–1 pitch, putting runners on first and second. Derek Jeter tried to reach for the ball, but got tangled in the legs of pinch-runner David Dellucci, who was sliding in an attempt to break up the double play. Rivera appeared to regain control when he fielded Jay Bell's bunt and threw out Dellucci at third base, but third baseman Scott Brosius decided to hold the ball instead of throwing to first to attempt to complete the double play. Midre Cummings was sent in to pinch-run for Damien Miller. With Cummings at second and Bell at first, the next batter, Tony Womack, drove a double down the right-field line on a 2–2 pitch that evened the score and blew the save. Bell went to third and the Yankees pulled the infield and the outfield in as the potential winning run stood at third with less than two outs. After Rivera hit Craig Counsell with an 0–1 pitch, the bases were loaded. On an 0–1 pitch, Luis Gonzalez lofted a soft single over the drawn-in Derek Jeter that barely reached the outfield grass, plating Jay Bell with the winning run. This ended New York's bid for a fourth consecutive title and brought Arizona its first championship in just its fourth year of existence, making the Diamondbacks the fastest expansion team to win a World Series, as well as first major professional sports championship for the state of Arizona. This was the first time since 1991 that the home team won in all seven games of a World Series.

In 2009, Game 7 was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the Best Postseason Game of the Decade (2000–2009).

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