Atlanta fielders Justice and Mark Lemke miscommunicated and collided, and the ball fell from Lemke's glove. In his first season with his hometown team, the future Hall of Famer won 18 games, recorded a 3.43 ERA (16th best in the American League), and pitched ten complete games. It was also the first World Series game played in Georgia. "Most people believe Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player ever. Before joining the Braves in 1990, Leibrandt was a member of the Kansas City Royals for six seasons and had won 17 games for their 1985 World Series champion squad. Only one other World Series game went longer without a run, Game 6 of the 1956 World Series, which went to two outs in the bottom of the 10th before the winning run scored. Puckett deposited his pitch over the wall for a game ending home run and brought the series to a decisive seventh game. The Braves tied it in the third when Pendl… AL Minnesota Twins (4) vs. NL Atlanta Braves (3). Another critical play occurred in the fifth when Belliard kept the Twins from completing a double play with a fierce slide. C $10.84. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. As a result, the relay reached Harper before Smith got to the plate. Postseason History; More Postseason Pages. He had been effective, allowing only the one run, but had a high pitch count. or Best Offer. After finishing last in the 1990 season, the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves both rebounded to the top of their respective leagues for a trip to the Fall Classic. Can you name the 1991 World Series Game 7 Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup? Into deep left center, for Mitchell -- and we'll see you tomorrow night! Gladden responded with a walk and a steal of second. At the same time, Larkin was mobbed at first base. In addition, the Braves' Terry Pendleton also played in the 1987 Series, as a Cardinal. I know he couldn't hit it." The trendy, but unpopular indoor stadium was notorious for deafening crowd noise as well as the inability to carry a long ball and most teams dreaded playing there. … The game entered the bottom of the ninth still tied at two. It's only a game. After Game 7, CBS Sports analyst Tim McCarver consoled Atlanta fans by stating that this was an excellent team and that he expected they would "be around" for some time to come. The Braves scored just under half their total runs for the series in these eight innings. The capstone to what many consider to be the greatest World Series ever played, the Twins' 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings in that Game 7, on Oct. 27, 1991, marked the third extra-innings game and fifth one-run victory over the course of the seven-game Series. Ty Cobb? Morris's win was his third World Series win in as many starts, as he won Games 1 and 4 of the 1984 Series. A walk to Davis loaded the bases, and Glavine suddenly had difficulty finding the strike zone. C $50.03. Pinch-hitter Gene Larkin finally sealed the 1-0 victory with a long-drive over Atlanta's infield that crowned the Twins as World Series Champions for the second time in five years. The "marathon man" Morris continued to dominate the Braves going into the tenth and retired the side with no incidents. In Game 5, Glavine faced Tapani in a Game 2 rematch. Mack hit a broken-bat single to score Puckett. On the pitch before, with a 1–2 count, Pendleton appeared to swing and miss for strike three (as Morris believed). Touch 'em all, Kirby Puckett!! The Twins kept their one-run lead into the seventh. The Braves tied it in the third when Pendleton hit his first postseason home run. Coble said in an interview conducted for the home video recap of the series that, in his view, Gant was not in control of his body when he returned to the base, that his own momentum caused him to get entangled with Hrbek, and that he fell off the base. It was the first of four games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later. Record: 91-71, Finished 1st in AL_East (Schedule and Results) Postseason: Lost AL Championship Series (4-1) to Minnesota Twins. The Atlanta 5-4 victory was the first of four games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later. And it has every player plus manager Tom … Minnesota Twins beat Atlanta Braves (1-0). Morris got out of the jam by striking out Sid Bream to end the inning, and the Twins added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning as Hrbek homered off Clancy. The same thing happened in the 1997 World Series, when the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians in the 11th inning of Game 7. See results from the World Series rosters (1991) Quiz on Sporcle, the best trivia site on the internet! Gladden reached third on a fly ball by Kirby Puckett for the first out, and after Knoblauch stole second Chili Davis was put on intentionally. The second baseman was a respectable .234 hitter in the regular season, but had blown up as a .417 slugger in this Series. Cox sent Leibrandt to the mound to face Puckett, who recalled telling Davis that he planned to bunt for a base hit, to which Davis responded, "Bunt my ass. As Puckett went back to field it, Smith stopped between the bases to see if Puckett had a chance to catch it. The Twins, on the verge of elimination, managed to force a seventh outing in Game 6 after Kirby Puckett drilled an eleventh inning home run off Charlie Leibrandt, who had just entered the game back at the Metrodome. With two out, leadoff hitter Dan Gladden walked and then stole second. At this point, the Braves led 4–0, their biggest lead in any game in the Series. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. He then gave Pagliarulo an intentional walk and struck out pinch hitter Paul Sorrento (batting for Gagne) to send the game into extra innings. They called him safe! On the fourth pitch of the at bat, with Knoblauch running to avoid a potential double play, Hrbek struck out looking. After Pendleton reached with one out, Gant drove a pitch deep to left field. 1991 Major League Baseball championship series, Hubert H. 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Touch 'em all, Kirby Puckett!! After squaring it up with their 3-2 victory, the Braves went out and played hardball in Game 5. From United States +C $33.29 shipping. Record: 74-88, Finished 5th in NL_West (Schedule and Results) Manager: Lou Piniella (74-88) General Manager: Bob Quinn Sr. The hit drove in Lonnie Smith from third base, and the run was charged to Morris. This time, Stanton got Hrbek to hit a relatively soft line drive to Lemke, who then stepped on second to double-up Knoblauch. Game 4 matched up Morris against Atlanta starter John Smoltz, a former Detroit prospect and Michigan native who idolized Morris as a youngster. The game entered the seventh with the Braves leading 5–3. It was Smith's third home run in as many nights and the veteran substitute (in place Otis Nixon who was suspended with drug problems) showed he still had what it took to play in the major leagues. Team Canada stats, scoring leaders and demographics breakdown at U20 World … It's a base hit, it's a one-nothing...ten inning victory!!! The Braves made three more trips to the World Series before the decade ended, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 1995 and losing in 1996 and 1999 to the Yankees. They now had their first lead in Series games, three to two. I've seen his swing. Going into the three games in Atlanta, Kelly said that managing without the designated-hitter rule was "right up there with rocket science". Chili Davis singled and Harper threatened to score in the ninth as he pushed a bunt past Stanton and first baseman Bream for a hit. Record: 95-67, Finished 1st in AL_West (Schedule and Results) Postseason: Won World Series (4-3) over Atlanta Braves Won AL Championship Series (4-1) over Toronto Blue Jays. This was the last World Series that Fay Vincent presided over as commissioner, as the owners forced him to resign near the end of the 1992 season. C $59.16. Although they were winless on the road they remained unbeaten in the Metrodome, which had evolved into the "tenth player" on the team. Justice grounded out to the pitcher, scoring Gant, and Hunter then ended the Braves' offensive barrage with a home run. Willis was charged with a blown save, but he pitched two more scoreless innings, the eighth and ninth. Kent Mercker came on to get out of the jam and got the last two outs with one additional run scoring. 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The Braves put a runner into scoring position with one out in the top of the fifth, as Lemke reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Belliard and a bunt single by Smith. In 1992 CBS replaced him in the role of lead play-by-play man with Sean McDonough and he returned to his role as the lead broadcaster for the Cardinals. Morris, the pitching hero of the series, signed with Toronto and returned to the World Series the next year. The 1991 World Series was the second of five seasons in which the home team won all seven games in the Series. The ground ball retired Pendleton, but the speedy Gant beat the relay to first and Lemke scored the tying run, charged to Erickson. In the top of the third, the Braves hit Erickson hard, but failed to score. Aguilera took the decision for the Twins after pitching the 10th and 11th innings, while Leibrandt earned his second loss of the series. With one out and Guthrie pitching, Lemke drilled a triple off the left-center field wall. The Twins are selling a set of bobblehead dolls commemorating the 1991 World Series championship team. Game 1, October 19: Atlanta … In the fourth, the Twins appeared ready to increase their lead, putting runners at second and third with one out. The runner tags at third, here's the throw from Shane Mack, here's Lemke... he is out.. safe, safe, safe!!! Minnesota rookie Scott Leius was the hero in Game 2 after a clutch, tie-breaking homer in the eighth, but the most memorable play of the outing came on a controversial call by umpire Drew Coble. Rick Aguilera earned the save for the Twins, and the Series headed to Atlanta with the Twins leading two games to none.  Kelly said that Gant would not have had a problem if he had slid into the bag. After the run that resulted from the first-inning misplay between Gant and Justice, Avery had been perfect for five innings, recording 15 consecutive outs. The Twins defeated the Braves four games to three to win the championship. Hrbek's production began falling due to injuries that kept him off the field for much of the next two seasons, and he retired in 1994. The 1991 Toronto Blue Jays team roster seen on this page includes every player who … He took it hard. The Series telecast drew an overall national Nielsen rating of 24.0 and a 39 share for CBS; Game 7 drew a 32.2 rating and 49 share. After Mark Wohlers retired Randy Bush to lead off the top of inning, Gladden singled. Leibrandt's poor performance resulted in his being removed from the rotation, although he did pitch in Game 6, facing just one batter and giving up the game-winning home run to Puckett. Was: Previous Price C … Pendleton and Gant walked, Justice singled to score Pendleton, and West was again taken out without retiring a batter; in this game, he was charged with four earned runs without retiring a batter, for an infinite ERA (West retired his first World Series hitter in the 1993 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies). The Braves got a run back in the top of the second when Justice singled, was doubled to third by Bream, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Hunter. In the bottom of the eighth, Randy Bush pinch-hit for Gagne to lead off for the Twins, and singled off Smoltz, then was removed in favor of the faster Al Newman to pinch-run. The 1991 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1991 season. 1991 Cincinnati Reds Statistics. Your Account; Logout; Login; Create Account; via Sports Logos.net. Hrbek, who had not gotten a hit in his last 16 at-bats dating back to his single in the eighth inning of Game 3, was next up, and Brown would be scheduled after Hrbek since Brown had pinch-run for the power-hitting Davis. " Puckett replied that he would take a few pitches first--a rare move for him, as he was known as a free swinger who often went after the first pitch. In a play reminiscent of Game 2, Gladden led off the game by reaching on a fielding mistake. Smith claimed he did not fall for the decoy, but instead was watching to see if Gladden or Puckett would make the catch. Kirby Puckett had other plans in the eleventh inning and the Braves did too — they made a call to the bullpen for reliever Charlie Leibrandt. The Twins traded away both Erickson and Tapani (neither ever regained his 1991 form) in 1995, and Puckett retired due to a loss of vision in his right eye caused by glaucoma. Bream followed up with a walk, and Olson then hit what appeared to be a double play grounder to second. He successfully rebuffed several attempts by Kelly to remove him during the game, and was supported by pitching coach Dick Such. Way back! Morris used this ball during that extraordinary feat, … After the reshuffling of the Braves' rotation following Game 1, Avery started for Atlanta on three days' rest. Jeff Blauser was walked intentionally to set up a possible double play to force extra innings. Tickets. Kelly said in an interview that if the game had gone on longer, since he had used up all his relief pitchers, he would have put left fielder Gladden (who had previously made emergency pitching appearances on at least two occasions) on the mound and Aguilera in the outfield. As such, the ball never touched Lemke and by rule, he was safe. After the pitch, the Twins' Al Newman returned the ball to Palermo and the series umpires jogged to the mound to exchange well wishes. Gant hit what seemed to be a sure double play ground ball off Willis. As was the custom in the first three games, the Twins scored first. Intentional walks to Puckett and Hrbek followed, loading the bases with one out in the 0-0 standoff. With the bases loaded, Hrbek tapped a soft line drive up the middle, but Lemke snared the ball and stepped on second to double up Chuck Knoblauch. Despite his earlier struggles, Peña induced a ground ball double play from Mack to record the first two outs. In the second inning, Harper scored on Mike Pagliarulo's double. Almost gone. Morris returned to the mound for his third start of the Series while Smoltz made his second for the Braves. 27,439 Ballpark: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Won League Championship Series National League Championship Series - Defeated Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 World Series - Lost to Minnesota Twins 4-3 Manager: Bobby Cox (94-68) Location: Atlanta, Georgia. After Jarvis Brown came in to run for Davis, Harper attempted to move him over with a bunt down the first base line. But Puckett misjudged the ball and it nicked the top of his glove and fell behind him.  Smoltz later said that if he had had the experience Morris had at the time, he might also have tried to argue his way out of being removed from the game when he got in trouble in the 8th, but as a young and fairly inexperienced pitcher, he didn't feel he had the standing to argue with Cox the way Morris did with Kelly. It is a comprehensive team roster and player names are sorted by the fielding position where the most number of games were played during the regular season. Anxious to finish the affair Dan Gladden started the Twins' half of the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by Knoblauch. That decision filled the bases and sent Sid Bream up to the plate. The 1991 Atlanta Braves season was the 26th in Atlanta and the 121st overall. 1990 Season 1992 Season. 1991 World Series; ALCS; NLCS ; Series Scores. Pendleton appealed to home plate umpire Don Denkinger, saying he had foul-tipped the pitch at the plate. Thus he was also the only Braves starter who had previously faced several members of the Twins lineup, including Dan Gladden, Kirby Puckett, and Kent Hrbek. After walking the first two batters to lead off the eighth, Morris was pulled from the game in favor of Mark Guthrie, who induced a double play off the bat of Terry Pendleton. Lemke was on the front page again after Game 4 when he tripled with one out in the ninth and then broke through the 2-2 tie after beating the tag at the plate by Brian Harper on a Jerry Willard fly ball to right. The Braves went down in order in the top of the ninth, as Morris retired Hunter, Olson, and Lemke. Smith hit his third home run in three nights to give the Braves a 6–3 lead. In 1991, Leibrandt was 15–13 with a 3.49 ERA. Smith’s only recourse was to try to dislodge the ball from Harper by plowing into him, but Harper held on despite the violent collision and recorded the first out. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series, a hobbled Gene Larkin came to the plate as a pinch-hitter for the Minnesota Twins against Atlanta Braves pitcher Alejandro Peña. The Braves, realizing that their opponents were fresh out of fresh players, ended the struggle with Mark Lemke delivering a two out single to score David Justice, who had singled and stolen second. After a strikeout, Smith walked and Pendleton reached on an infield single. Hit it out and let's go home! In the bottom of the first, Knoblauch singled with one out and the Puckett strode to the plate looking to break out of the slump he had been in for most of the series. The Braves' twenty-four year-old prodigy idolized his pitching opponent and the two would come together for one of the most intense battles ever witnessed on a World Series diamond. Pendleton responded by lacing a double into the left-center field gap, but Smith made his second base-running mistake of the series. Brand New. Hunter singled to score Gant and put two on with nobody out and an 8–3 Braves lead. As he'd done in the eighth, Cox called for an intentional walk to the resurgent Puckett. For three innings, the pitchers matched zeroes, but in the fourth, Gant singled to left and Justice homered off the top of the left-field wall for a 2–0 Braves lead.  It was also the first World Series-deciding game to go into extra innings since Game 4 of the 1939 Series. Both clubs were filled with soon-to-be familiar names and were evenly matched on both sides of the ball. This feat was also accomplished by the 1991 Minnesota Twins.The last Major League Baseball team to accomplish this was the 1890 Louisville Colonels of the American Association. The team's paid attendance of 4,001,527 led the major leagues, as the Jays became the first team in MLB history to draw four million fans in a season. As Mercker came into the game, Tim McCarver theorized on the CBS broadcast that the Twins might be forced to use one of their pitchers as a pinch hitter if the inning continued. Your Account; Logout; Login; Create Account; via Sports Logos.net. Game 7 reinforced that point. 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