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The Florida Marlins won their first championship during the coldest World Series

Thursday, October 21st 2021, 4:37 am - On this day in weather history, it was a very cold World Series.

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.


In 1997, the Florida Marlins made it to the World Series for the first time. On Oct. 21, the relatively new team entered Game 3 against a seasoned Cleveland squad.

Cleveland had experience playing in all sorts of conditions, but playing in the freezing cold and snow was another first for the Marlins.

During batting practice, the temperature dropped to 3 C (37 F) and it only got worse during the game. Despite the unfavourable conditions, the Marlins proved victorious with a 14-13 win.

Unfortunately, the conditions of Game 4 weren't any better. It was snowing on the teams during batting practice and ice patches formed on the infield during the game. At first pitch, the temperature was 3.3 C (38 F) with a wind chill of -7.7 C (18 F), officially making it the coldest World Series game on record. Major League Baseball didn't track weather records until the 1970s so it's possible there were colder games in prior seasons.

In Game 7, the Marlins won in extra innings, winning their first World Series championship.

To learn more about these record-breaking games, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."

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