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The Ultimate Underdog

The Diamondbacks upset the three-time defending champion Yankees to win the 2001 World Series, one of the most exciting Fall Classics in history, in only the franchise's fourth season of existence. Behind Series co-MVPs Curt Schilling (above) and Randy Johnson, Arizona prevailed despite dramatic, last-at-bat wins by New York in Games 4 and 5.

GREATEST ATHLETES
Jim Palmer, Scottsdale
Scottsdale High basketball and baseball star; eight-time 20-game winner and three-time Cy Young winner for Orioles.

Charlie Hickcox, Phoenix
Won three golds and a silver swimming at 1968 Olympics; set eight world records within 16 months in '67 and '68.
Curley Culp, Yuma
All-America defensive lineman and NCAA wrestling champion at Arizona State; six Pro Bowls in 14 NFL seasons.
See the complete list of Arizona's Greatest Athletes


FLASHBACK
2001: Desert Classic
In a scintillating World Series, marked by amazing comebacks, the Diamondbacks outdueled the Yankees to win their first championship
In the seventh inning of the seventh game of the 97th World Series a strange desert wind arose as gently as a whisper inside Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix and quickly grew in strength.
FULL STORY



SI COVERS
Classic SI cover Jinxed The Arizona football team was riding high following a 10-2 season in 1993, which the Wildcats capped with a 29-0 rout of Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Sports Illustrated named Arizona and its vaunted Desert Swarm defense as the nation's top team the following fall, but the Wildcats stumbled to an 8-4 campaign.

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THE SI POLL
Who do Arizonans root for? SI asked the Grand Canyon State residents to weigh in* on sports.
Favorite major league baseball team
Arizona D-Backs
60%
Chicago Cubs
6%


Favorite NFL team
Arizona Cardinals
10%
San Francisco 49ers
8%
Dallas Cowboys
8%
Green Bay Packers
8%
Denver Broncos
7%


Favorite NBA team
Phoenix Suns
42%
Los Angeles Lakers
7%
No favorite
27%


Favorite NHL team
Phoenix Coyotes
38%
No favorite
37%
Favorite pro team
Arizona D-Backs
40%
Phoenix Coyotes
6%


Favorite collegeto root for
Arizona State
29%
Arizona
21%


Greatest athlete who ever lived in or played for a team in your state
Randy Johnson
18%
Barry Bonds
12%
Charles Barkley
10%
Danny White
9%


State's biggest rival
California
72%
Texas
5%
More a fan of college or pro sports?
Pro
65%
College
14%
Equal
22%


Favorite sport to play
Golf
16%
Baseball/softball
13%
Hiking
13%
Basketball
10%


Favorite sports to watch on TV**
Football
70%
Baseball
66%
Basketball
48%
Winter Olympics
42%
Summer Olympics
40%
**Multiple responses allowed.
 
*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 403 Arizona residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of error +/- 5.0%.
SI 50th POLL
Which is your favorite team?






Sports Illustrated's 50th Anniversary
Praising Arizona


John McCain
To most people, the combination of "sports" and "Arizona" conjures images of either golf or spring training. Favorable conditions for year-round competition on the links helped turn the Grand Canyon State into a golfing mecca and the boisterous Phoenix Open into the most attended golf tournament in the world. But it was another sporting event that brought the people of Arizona together, says senior senator John McCain: the 2001 World Series. SI.com digs into the Sports Illustrated archives to find photos, Flashbacks and other significant moments in Arizona sports history.

• SI Sportstown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona's 50 greatest athletes
SI 50th Tour Information

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STATITUDES
4 Age, in years, of Arizona Diamondbacks franchise when it won the World Series.

35 Age, in years, of Phoenix Suns franchise, which has never won an NBA title.

1969 Year the Suns lost a coin flip to determine the top choice in the draft. They selected Neal Walk after the Bucks took Lew Alcindor.

June 4, 1976 Date of three-overtime Game 5 of NBA Finals between Suns and Celtics, considered by some the greatest game ever played. Boston won the game and the series.

15 Number of seasons the Cardinals have played in Arizona.

1 Number of winning seasons the Cardinals have had in Arizona.

7 Number of seasons the Coyotes have played in Arizona.

5 Number of winning seasons the Coyotes have had in Arizona.

ENEMY OF THE STATE
Bill Bidwill
The Cardinals' owner has pulled off quite a feat: He's the top Enemy in both the state from which he moved his NFL team (Missouri) and the state to which he moved it. Respondents' most hated opponent: the San Francisco Giants (20%).

Bill Bidwill
36%
Barry Bonds
18%
George Steinbrenner
7%
FAST FACTS
Admission to statehood: Feb. 14, 1912 (48th state)

Area: 114,006 square miles

Bird: Cactus wren

Capital: Phoenix

Economy: Agriculture -- Cattle, cotton, dairy products, lettuce, nursery stock, hay. Industry -- Copper and other mining, electric equipment, transportation equipment, machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, electronics, tourism.

 
Flower: Saguaro cactus blossom (Carnegiea gigantea)

Nickname: Grand Canyon State

Population: 5,130,632 (20th)

Pro sports teams: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Suns

Major college programs: Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks


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