"2001 World Series Champions"
The Diamondbacks' first major league game was played against the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 1998, at Chase Field (then known as Bank One Ballpark). Travis Lee was the first player to hit, score, homer and drive in a run. A hometown crowd of over 50,000 fans were in attendance. Rob Arra captured that event in "First Pitch".
In their first five seasons of existence, the Diamondbacks won three division titles (1999, 2001, & 2002) and the 2001 World Series.
In 2001, the team was led by two of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Arizona won postseason victories over the St. Louis Cardinals (3-2 in the NLDS) and the Atlanta Braves (4-1 in the NLCS) to advance to the World Series where they beat the reigning champions, the New York Yankees, four games to three. In their fourth season of play, the Diamondbacks became the youngest expansion franchise to win the World Series championship.
Construction on the park began in 1996, and was finished in 1998, just before the Diamondbacks' first season began. It was the second MLB stadium to have a retractable roof (after Toronto's SkyDome; others are now in Houston, Milwaukee, and Seattle), and it was the first ballpark to feature natural grass in a retractable roof stadium. The park also features a dirt strip between home plate and the pitcher's mound, one of only two current ballparks to do so (Comerica Park in Detroit is the other).
Bank One Ballpark hosted Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks won all four games at home and clinched the world championship that year in dramatic fashion. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning of game seven, Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez sent a single over the head of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to score the game winning run from third base. The Diamondbacks overcame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, arguably one of the greatest postseason closers of all time, to claim the state of Arizona's first major league professional championship. Join with Rob Arra as the Diamondbacks celebrate on-field, in "2001 World Series Champions".