Marlins, Indians Get Underway
Oct. 23, 1997
CLEVELAND (AP) _ On one of the coldest nights ever for a World Series game, the Florida Marlins tried to take a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians.
Snow flurries fell at Jacobs Field throughout Wednesday and had just about stopped when the game began. The gametime temperature of 38 was the lowest since World Series temperature records began in 1975. The previous low was 41 for the 1979 opener, when Pittsburgh played at Baltimore a day after snow postponed the Series start.
With a wind of 15 mph from the west there was a 18 degree wind chill at the start.
In only the sixth matchup of rookie starters in a Series game, Jaret Wright pitched for Cleveland against Tony Saunders.
Florida, in only its fifth season, was just two wins from the World Series title following a wild 14-11 victory in Game 3. The Marlins overcame a 7-3 deficit, broke a 7-all tie with seven runs in the ninth, then gave up four runs in the bottom half.
Both teams stayed with the same starting lineups they used in Game 3.
Florida had Devon White leading off and playing center field, followed by shortstop Edgar Renteria, right fielder Gary Sheffield, third baseman Bobby Bonilla, first baseman Darren Daulton, left fielder Moises Alou, designated hitter Jim Eisenreich, catcher Charles Johnson and second baseman Craig Counsell.
Cleveland had Bip Roberts leading off and playing left field, followed by shortstop Omar Vizquel, right fielder Manny Ramirez, designated hitter David Justice, third baseman Matt Williams, catcher Sandy Alomar, first baseman Jim Thome, second baseman Tony Fernandez and center fielder Marquis Grissom.