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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Page updated at 06:23 p.m.

Looking back at the 2001 Mariners

The 2001 Mariners: Magic and memories

It's been 10 years since the Mariners tied the major-league record for wins in a season. A team that had lost three superstars in successive seasons won 116 games behind role players like Mark McLemore and Stan Javier and a rookie sensation named Ichiro. We look back at the stories from some of the biggest games that year.


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The Mariners celebrate after winning their MLB record-tying 116th game. More photos from the Mariners' magical season

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2001 Mariners still amazing after 10 years | Steve Kelley: Memories of 2001 Mariners haven't faded

How Ichiro proved to Lou Piniella he belonged | Magical Mariners ride hit a Yankees roadblock in playoffs

Mariners Extra: One for the ages — The Seattle Times 2001 special section commemorating the season

The 2001 season featured many highs (and a few lows), as this end-of-season round-up shows, and The Seattle Times was there for them all. Here are our stories from some key dates:

Opening Night at Safeco Field: Ichiro translates to win
April 2: The Mariners opened the season with a win over Oakland. Ichiro had his first major-league hit and also beat out his first infield single.

Mariners suffer colossal collapse
Aug. 5: The Cleveland Indians tied a major-league record by coming back from a 12-run deficit to beat the Mariners, 15-14, in 11 innings.

Sele delivers shutout vs. A's as club nears best opening
April 11: Ichiro gunned down Oakland's Terrence Long trying to advance to third base, and the play was immediately dubbed "The Throw." Times writer Bob Finnigan described it as "a 200-foot lightning bolt that was never more than 10 feet off the ground."

M's find another gem in their jewel box for late heroics
Aug. 25: The Mariners beat Cleveland, 3-2, in 11 innings, but the story of this game was Arthur Rhodes' earrings. Former Mariner Omar Vizquel had a problem with the sun reflecting off Rhodes' diamond studs and his objection led to a bizarre argument and delay.

Mariners win to spoil A-Rod's first game back
April 16: Ex-Mariner shortstop Alex Rodriguez returned for the first time as a Texas Ranger and was booed long and loud for showing up again in Seattle.

Offense breaks out of slump, lifts M's to historical win
Sept. 5: The Mariners became the 81st team since 1900 to reach the century mark after beating Tampa Bay for win No. 100.

M's ask, what about Bell?
July 2: Four Mariners were named starters at the All-Star Game that would be held at Safeco Field, and four teammates would join the starters to form Seattle's All-Star contingent.

M's win West, grab home edge in playoffs
Sept. 19: The Mariners clinched the AL West division title, and the on-field celebration, coming just a week and a day after Sept. 11, was centered on Old Glory and a minute of silence.

Ripken's storybook blast keys fifth straight AL win
July 10: Safeco Field hosted the All-Star Game, with the Mariners' Freddy Garcia getting the win and Kazu Sasaki earning the save, and Cal Ripken Jr. starred in his last appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic.

116! Mariners pull even with best ever
Oct. 6: Win No. 116 came with a 1-0 decision over Texas, as the Mariners matched the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the most wins in a single season.

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