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23 years ago: Cleveland Indians fall to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series

On Oct. 26, 1997, the Tribe fell in Game 7 of the World Series to the Marlins on Édgar Rentería's 11th-inning walk-off single.
Florida Marlins runner Gary Sheffield slides under Cleveland Indians shorstop Omar Vizquel in an attempt to break up a double play during Game 7 of the 1997 World Series at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.

CLEVELAND — It's a painful memory for Tribe fans. 

Twenty-three years ago, on Oct. 26, 1997, the Florida Marlins stunned the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series.

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Edgar Renteria delivered the game-winning base hit off of Charles Nagy with two outs and the bases loaded scoring Craig Counsell to win the franchise's first-ever World Series title.

The Marlins would go on to win the World Series again in 2003 against the New York Yankees.

Meanwhile, the Tribe returned back to the World Series in 2016 against the Chicago Cubs, falling in seven games again continuing a title drought of 68 years -- now 72 years the longest currently in MLB.

In Game 7 of the 1997 fall classic, Tony Fernandez gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run single. The lead was cut to 2-1 on a Bobby Bonilla solo-home run in the seventh inning. The Marlins eventually tied the game at 2-2 on a Counsell sac-fly RBI.

The Indians were considered favorites to win the 1997 World Series and it marked the first time since 1988 that NBC televised the fall classic in its entirety.