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1991 World Series - Minnesota Twins vs Atlanta Braves

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Minnesota Twins 4
Atlanta Braves 3

October 19 - October 27, 1991

The 1991 World Series is considered the greatest of All-Time. Five games were decided by one run and three went to extra innings. At 69 innings, it is the longest seven-game Series (some of the early Classics were nine-game Series).

In the opener, Minnesota's Jack Morris bested Charlie Leibrandt 5-2. Greg Gagne hammered a three-run blast and Kent Hrbek sent a solo shot into the upper decks.

In Game 2, Minnesota rookie Scott Leius hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth for a 3-2 win. But in the third, Atlanta's Ron Gant singled and was "muscled" off first by Hrbek who tagged him.

Game 3 went into the twelfth inning tied 4-4. Minnesota loaded the bases, but ran out of positional players. Reliever Rick Aguilera came up to pinch-hit and was retired on a high fly ball. Atlanta's David Justice singled, stole second, and scored on a two out single for a 5-4 thriller.

In Game 4, Atlanta's Mark Lemke tripled with one out in the ninth and the game tied 2-2. On a fly ball to right, he dashed home, just avoiding the tag at the plate for a 3-2 win.

Atlanta romped 14-5 in Game 5.

Minnesota staved off elimination with a 4-3 win in eleven innings on a homer by Kirby Puckett.

In Game 7, Braves' starter (Detroit native) John Smoltz dueled with his hometown hero, former Tiger Morris. The game was 0-0 going into the eighth. Atlanta put runners on second and third with no outs and Minnesota loaded the bases with one out, but both failed to score. In the tenth, Minnesota loaded the bases with one out and pinch-hitter Gene Larkin singled for a 1-0 triumph.

The 1991 World Series was Minnesota's second title in five years.

Around the World:

  • October 20 - 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die.
  • October 21 - U.S. hostage Jesse Turner released from 5 years in captivity in Beirut.
  • October 23 - Dr. Jack Kevorkian's suicide machine killed 2 women.
  • October 27:
    1. Turkmenistan achieved independence from U.S.S.R.
    2. First free parliamentary elections held in Poland.

1991 in Baseball:

  • January 6 - Ex-Padres Alan Wiggins, 32, first baseball player known to die of AIDS.
  • January 7 - Pete Rose released from Federal prison after serving a five-month sentence for tax evasion.
  • April 8 - MLB agreed to new four-year contract with Umpires' Association hours before the 1991 season's first pitch.
  • May 1:
    1. Nolan Ryan threw record seventh no-hitter.
    2. Rickey Henderson stole record 939th base.
  • July 6 - NL announced expansion teams for 1993: Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins.
  • September 4 - Statistical Accuracy Committee removed "asterisk" from Roger Maris' 61 home run season of 1961, ranking it ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 60 home run mark.
  • November 18 - Bobby Bonilla left Pirates for Mets, becoming first $5 million a year player.

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