On This Day: Seattle Mariners set American League record for wins in a season

On October 5, 2001, the Seattle Mariners become the winningest team in American League history for a regular season with a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers. The 115th win breaks a tie with the 1998 New York Yankees, who finished 114-48.

After the Mariners’ win, Yankees manager Joe Torre, who managed the 1998 powerhouse, told the Washington Post: “I said somebody would hit 80 homers before somebody would break the [114 wins] record.”

Leading Seattle to a victory that day was 38-year-old Jamie Moyer, who improved to 20-6 and became the oldest first-time, 20-game winner in Major League Baseball history. Bret Boone and John Olerud homered in the Mariners’ win.

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