The Seattle Mariners had a curious beginning as the team was created out a lawsuit. The Seattle Pilots were purchased in 1970 and moved to Milwaukee. Seattle sued the American League for breach of contract and was eventually awarded a new franchise. The city had already begun construction of the Kingdome by this time, a multi-use stadium that would also serve as the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
On April 6, 1977, the Seattle Mariners played their first Major League Baseball game to a sold-out crowd of 57,762 fans. The name “Mariners” comes from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. The franchise joined the American League when it officially became a member of Major League Baseball and has been a member of the AL West the entire time.
Success has been limited for the Mariners as the team has only qualified for the postseason on four occasions through the 2011 season, capturing three American League West division titles in 1995, 1997 and 2001, and a Wild Card berth in 2000. The team’s first winning season did not occur until 1991 and the Mariners are one of just two franchises to never play in the World Series. The other team is the Montreal Expos/Washington Senators.
The Seattle Mariners do hold one major record. The team won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season. Unfortunately the regular season success did not translate into postseason glory for the franchise.
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