C $16.27. Twins catcher Brian Harper then lifted a fly ball to left field that was caught for the second out. Despite his earlier struggles, Peña induced a ground ball double play from Mack to record the first two outs. The ground ball retired Pendleton, but the speedy Gant beat the relay to first and Lemke scored the tying run, charged to Erickson. The 1991 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 15th season of Major League Baseball.It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. While he was running, Gagne and Knoblauch tried to fake Smith out by pretending to start a 6–4–3 double play. Hunter singled to score Gant and put two on with nobody out and an 8–3 Braves lead. The other time this happened was in 1987, which was also won by the Twins over the St. Louis Cardinals. Way back! 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. Larkin had a .167 postseason average and was nursing an injured knee, but had one hit in three pinch-hit at-bats in Games 3–5 (the hit in Game 3). After the pitch, the Twins' Al Newman returned the ball to Palermo and the series umpires jogged to the mound to exchange well wishes. Puckett deposited his pitch over the wall for a game ending home run and brought the series to a decisive seventh game. Avery was relieved after the inning. It was the last run scored, as the Twins won 5–2 with Aguilera picking up the four-out save. It was the sixth game-tying homer in World Series history by a No. 4) World Series ball Fun facts: In Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, Twins ace Jack Morris took the mound and refused to come out of the game, pitching all 10 innings in the Twins’ 1-0 victory over the Braves. After Pendleton reached with one out, Gant drove a pitch deep to left field. NLCS. As such, the ball never touched Lemke and by rule, he was safe. Rawlings 1987 World Series Official MLB Game Baseball Minnesota Twins - Boxed. Touch 'em all, Kirby Puckett!! Justice blasted a homer and drove in five runs and Lonnie Smith and Brian Hunter also homered as the Braves toasted the Twins 14-5. But by Game 7 -- what was to become one of the most memorable title clinchers in the history of the sport -- it had simply become one of the greatest World Series ever played. As Puckett went back to field it, Smith stopped between the bases to see if Puckett had a chance to catch it. The Braves did not reach base again for the rest of the game. But in this case, the next batter was Hrbek, who, though normally a power threat, had not had a hit since Game 3, and whom Stanton had struck out three times in a row (a reason the Braves used Stanton, a left-handed specialist). Game 7 reinforced that point. The game continued with no score. The move backfired as Braves got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Smith made up for his baserunning gaffe and homered off Twins reliever Carl Willis to tie the game. After the 1991 Series, the Twins did not play in Atlanta again until 2011 for two preseason exhibition games at Turner Field. The 1991 World Series was notable for several grueling contests, with five of its games decided by one run and three in extra innings (including the third game, a 12-inning marathon that saw Twins manager Tom Kelly run out of hitters). The Twins are selling a set of bobblehead dolls commemorating the 1991 World Series championship team. Lemke, the hero of Games 3 and 4, drilled a triple that scored Olson, and then scored on a double by Belliard. 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. Sorrento was used as a pinch hitter in the tenth inning, and Newman entered the game in the 11th to replace Mike Pagliarulo at third base. About logos . 1991 Major League Baseball championship series, Hubert H. 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With 69 innings in total, the 1991 World Series shares the record for longest seven-game World Series ever, in terms of innings, with 1924 (some early series were best-of-nine contests or contained tie games; 1912 logged the most innings ever, at 75). Both aces were in peak form and held a 0-0 tie going into the eighth. Refusing to come out of the game, Morris pitched the top of the tenth. In addition to the suspense of the outcome of many of its games, the Series had other highlights. [27] This led to one of the more memorable quotes of the Series and arguably of any deciding game in World Series history: confronted with Morris's insistence on pitching the 10th, Kelly is purported to have said, "Oh hell. Cox called for a hit and run with Pendleton at the plate. But the ball hit Bream's leg, resulting in Bream being called out for runner interference and Olson safe at first. About logos . 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. 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. At the same time, Larkin was mobbed at first base. 1990 Season 1992 Season. Knoblauch reached on a one-out walk and then went to third on a single by Puckett. With two outs, Gant ripped a single to left. 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. Smith claimed he did not fall for the decoy, but instead was watching to see if Gladden or Puckett would make the catch. 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[13]), and pitched ten complete games. Kent Mercker came on to get out of the jam and got the last two outs with one additional run scoring. 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. The Braves tied it in the third when Pendl… With two out, leadoff hitter Dan Gladden walked and then stole second. Anxious to finish the affair Dan Gladden started the Twins' half of the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by Knoblauch. 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. 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. Going into the three games in Atlanta, Kelly said that managing without the designated-hitter rule was "right up there with rocket science". Randy St. Claire gave up a run when Gladden tripled (the fifth triple of the game) and scored on a fielder's choice by Junior Ortiz, but the game ended in a 14–5 Braves rout, the Series' only lopsided game. Puckett, giving chase, tracked the ball down and then leaped to snare it before it could hit the 13-foot Plexiglas barrier over the left field wall. But the next batter, Davis, homered off Glavine and gave the Twins an early 2–0 lead. Lemke singled to center, knocking Erickson out of the game, and went to second on a wild pitch by reliever Guthrie. or Best Offer. As of 2016, no subsequent World Series has approached either number in national TV ratings. The Braves appeared ready to take a lead in the fifth when Smith singled and stole second. As it turned out, the game was just beginning. Clancy took the win while Aguilera received the loss. Smith hit his third home run in three nights to give the Braves a 6–3 lead. It had started out as the Worst-to-First World Series: Twins vs. Braves, 1991. In 2002 the Braves finally experienced a Metrodome win by taking two games from the Twins in a three-game series;[33] the Twins swept a three-game series from the Braves at the Metrodome in 2007. The over confident skipper would regret his off-hand remark as he demonstrated his lack of both scientific and mathematical skills in Game 3. On the first pitch he saw, Larkin drove a single into deep left-center over the drawn-in outfield, scoring Gladden with the series-winning run and giving the Twins their second world championship since moving to Minnesota. Both managers emptied their benches to give playing time to non-starters. They called him safe! However, Gant proceeded to ground out to Hrbek, with Smith still holding. With one out, runners on the corners, and Puckett coming to the plate, Cox elected to remove Smoltz. 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. Avery went to the showers in favor of the Braves' regular-season closer, Alejandro Peña. After uncharacteristically taking a strike and two balls from Leibrandt, Puckett launched the next pitch into the left-center-field seats for a dramatic game-winning home run that tied the Series at three games apiece. Smith took third, but Gant was caught between bases trying to advance on the throw. 1991 Minnesota Twins Statistics. Controversy occurred the next inning when Lonnie Smith reached first on an error by Scott Leius. The runner tags at third, here's the throw from Shane Mack, here's Lemke... he is out.. safe, safe, safe!!! Manager: Tom Kelly (95-67) General Manager: … Bream followed up with a walk, and Olson then hit what appeared to be a double play grounder to second. In 1991, CBS used three field reporters, Jim Kaat (both teams as well as the trophy presentation), Lesley Visser (Twins' dugout) and Andrea Joyce (Braves' dugout). 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. Lemke tagged and broke for the plate as soon as Mack caught the ball. In the top half, Belliard got a leadoff hit on a bunt single, and after a sacrifice, Pendleton beat out an infield hit. Normally known as one of the friendliest and most cordial Braves, a despondent Leibrandt refused to answer questions from reporters after the game. With the score 4–1, the Braves looked to close it 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. Rookie second baseman Chuck Knoblauch then singled to drive him in, but was caught in a rundown in between first and second and tagged out to end the inning. Brand New. [1][2][3][4] In 2003, ESPN selected it as the "Greatest of All Time" in their "World Series 100th Anniversary" countdown, with five of its games decided by a single run, four decided in the final at-bat and three going into extra innings.[5]. Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. The second baseman was a respectable .234 hitter in the regular season, but had blown up as a .417 slugger in this Series. Morris returned to the mound for his third start of the Series while Smoltz made his second for the Braves. The home team did not win every game again until the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. It's only a game. With a lead and a bullpen that had allowed only one earned run in the entire post-season, the Twins opted to go for more runs by pinch hitting for Morris and removing him after six innings. 9 hitter and the first since Chili Davis in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series. Bream followed Gant's lead and slapped a weak grounder toward Hrbek who threw the ball home for a force-out, then took the return from Harper for a double play. [34] The Braves ultimately finished with an all-time record of 2–8 in the stadium before it closed as a baseball venue in 2009. Your Account; Logout; Login; Create Account; via Sports Logos.net. In a play reminiscent of Game 2, Gladden led off the game by reaching on a fielding mistake. Part of the Baseball Almanac Family. or Best Offer. The Twins kept their one-run lead into the seventh. Morris, the pitching hero of the series, signed with Toronto and returned to the World Series the next year. 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. The Twins kept their three-man rotation, with Erickson, who had been batted around in Game 3, getting the start for Minnesota. Morris used this ball during that extraordinary feat, … After a series of moves by both managers, former Brave Steve Bedrosian took the mound to face veteran minor leaguer Jerry Willard. Tim McCarver explained on the CBS broadcast the specific reason Lemke was called safe. The "marathon man" Morris continued to dominate the Braves going into the tenth and retired the side with no incidents. Tapani, backing up the play, fielded Gladden's throw and threw back to first. He lifted a fly ball toward right-center field where Justice and Gant both went to catch it, but neither called for the ball and it dropped between them. Atlanta wins and they're going to say that Harper did not tag him! Charlie Leibrandt was given the start for the Braves in Game 1, but fell 5-2 thanks to a strong seventh inning effort by Jack Morris. Mack fired to Harper, who caught the throw and had the ball as Lemke reached the plate. About logos . 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. Cox brought in Jim Clancy to pitch and called for an intentional walk with the pitcher's spot due next, loading the bases and forcing Kelly's hand. As Atlanta's Ron Gant attempted to retreat back to first (after knocking a third inning single) Hrbek caught the throw from pitcher Kevin Tapani and proceeded to "muscle" Gant off the bag while applying the tag. 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