The Belle years

March 10, 2001


June 2: Selected in the second round of the draft out of LSU by the Indians.

July 15: Called up to the Indians after hitting 20 homers and driving in 69 runs at Double-A Canton-Akron. Got his first major-league hit in his first at-bat, with a single off Nolan Ryan.

July 19: Hits his first major-league homer, off the Twins' Randy St. Claire.


May 7: Optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after beginning season with the Indians.


May 11: Throws ball into stands. Suspended for seven days.

June 6: Optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

June 26: Recalled to the Indians.

July 23: Homers for a fourth straight game.

Sept. 28: Suffers a hairline fracture of the jaw after a home-plate crash with the Yankees' Matt Nokes. Missed the final nine games of the season.


May 4: Charges mound after the Royals' Neal Heaton threw behind his back. Subsequently suspended for three games.

May 31: Hits seven homers in a nine-game stretch.

Sept. 4: Hits three homers against the Mariners.


May 13: Charges the mound after being hit by a pitch from the Royals' Hipolito Pichardo. Subsequently suspended for three games.

June 22: Becomes the first AL player of the season to reach 20 homers.

July 13: Plays in his first All-Star Game, at Camden Yards.


June: Named AL Player of the Month after hitting .364 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs.

July 15: His bat is confiscated at the request of White Sox manager Gene Lamont. Subsequently suspended for 10 days -- later reduced to seven days -- for using a corked bat.

Aug. 8: Returns from suspension and finished the shortened season by hitting .367 with 10 homers and 23 RBIs in his last 20 games.


August: Named AL Player of the Month after hitting .381 with 14 homers and 30 RBIs.

Sept. 19: Hits three home runs in Chicago, tying a major-league record with five homers in consecutive games.

October: Becomes the first player to total 50 homers and 50 doubles in a season.

Oct. 24: Curses at NBC's Hannah Storm, telling her to leave the dugout before Game 3 of the World Series.

Nov. 16: Finishes second to the Red Sox's Mo Vaughn in MVP voting, 308-300.

Nov. 28: In Lyndhurst, Ohio, found guilty and fined $100 for driving across private property while chasing youths who had egged his house on Halloween night.


April 6: Throws ball that hits a photographer who is shooting pictures of Belle before a game. Subsequently ordered by the league to undergo counseling and perform community service.

May 21: Compiles a 21-game hitting streak.

May 31: Nails Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a forearm on a tag play. Suspended for three games.

June 27: Threatens a television reporter who was standing near the cage during batting practice in Chicago.

July 25: Hits 227th career home run, at Camden Yards, becoming the Indians' all-time homer leader.

Oct. 4: Hits a grand slam against the Orioles in the Division Series.

Nov. 19: Signs with the White Sox as a free agent for $55 million over five years, baseball's biggest contract.


May 24: Hits his 250th homer, becoming sixth-fastest to the mark in major-league history.

June 1: Compiles a 27-game hitting streak.


July 1: Becomes the 12th player to hit a ball into the upper deck of the Astrodome.

July: Named AL Player of the Month after batting .406 with 16 homers and 32 RBIs. Set an AL record for most homers in July. Also named Player of the Month for September.

October: Sets White Sox season records for home runs (49), RBIs (152) and doubles (49).

Dec. 1: Signs five-year, $65 million contract with Orioles as a free agent.


June 11: Benched by manager Ray Miller two days after a confrontation in the dugout, ending major-league-leading consecutive-game streak at 392.

July 25: Hits three homers against Anaheim at Camden Yards.

Aug. 29: Hits four doubles in Detroit, matching the major-league record for one game.

September: Named AL Player of the Month after batting .381 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. The RBIs tied Eddie Murray's club record for September.

Sept. 23: Hits four doubles in one game against Oakland at Camden Yards.


June 17: Homers in fourth straight game.

June 30: Finishes the month with 37 RBIs, breaking the club record for June by five.

Aug. 12: Hits two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to beat Kansas City, 12-11.

Aug. 22: Orioles owner Peter Angelos is quoted in The Sun as saying that Belle's signing "may have been a mistake, a serious mistake."

Aug. 27: Benched for second game as an Oriole, while mired in slump.

Sept. 4: Removed from the lineup with severe pain in his hip.

Sept. 26: Returns to the lineup.


March 8: Orioles announce Belle is "totally disabled" because of an arthritic right hip and will be placed on the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his career with the team.

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