1992 World Series

Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs Atlanta Braves (2)

Once again, the Atlanta Braves reclaimed their title as National League champions and were anxious to make amends for their devastating Game 7 loss to the Minnesota Twins in the previous Series. The Braves were almost put out of the running, but recaptured the pennant with a three run, ninth-inning rally against the Pittsburgh Pirates to advance to the finals.

The Toronto Blue Jays represented the first Canadian franchise ever to appear in a Fall Classic (after beating the Oakland A's in the American League playoffs) and held a benefit that had been an "Achilles heel" for the Braves in the '91 affair, an indoor stadium. Atlanta had been winless against the Twins at the Metrodome and the Jays' Skydome offered the same opportunity for home field advantage.

Game 1 belonged to Atlanta's Tom Glavine, (who tossed a four hitter) with Damon Berryhill coming up huge with a clutch, three run homer for the 3-1 opening victory. Toronto evened the score the following day with a 5-4 comeback of their own thanks to utility man Ed Sprague's pinch, two run homer off baseball's all-time saves leader, Jeff Reardon in the ninth.

As Game 3 moved across the border (for the first Canadian Classic) the question still remained of the Blue Jays' ballpark benefit. Both teams went head-to-head for eight innings and held a 2-2 tie going into the ninth. Candy Maldonado put the home team ahead with a bases loaded one out walk-off single off Reardon (again) who was retired for the remainder of the contest despite his career record of three-hundred fifty-seven saves. Devon White was the standout in the 2-3 event by making a sensational backhanded grab (against the 400-foot sign) off a David Justice blast with Deion Sanders and Terry Pendleton on base. The snag nearly resulted in a triple play as Pendleton passed Sanders on the base paths for an automatic out and Sanders just missed being tagged out in a rundown by Kelly Gruber.

Toronto continued its winning streak to three games in Game 4 as lefthander Jimmy Key and relievers Duane Ward and Tom Henke held the Braves to five hits in a 2-1 triumph that also featured a bases-empty homer by Blue Jays catcher Pat Borders (Series MVP) and an RBI single by White. Down as they had been throughout the playoffs, the ever-resilient National League champs bounced back in Game 5 for the crucial 7-2 victory as Lonnie Smith (who had made the costly base-running error in Game 7 of the '91 affair) erased the memory with a spectacular bases-loaded home run off Jack Morris. Atlanta was grateful for the extension as the Series shifted back home (to the outdoor settings) at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The change of scenery proved meaningless though as the Braves entered the ninth inning down 2-1. Henke (with thirty-four saves) was brought in to maintain the Toronto bullpen's scoreless streak of 15 1/3 innings, but stumbled against the first three batters he faced. First, Jeff Blauser led off with a single and Berryhill advanced him to second with a textbook bunt. Then, pinch-hitter Smith followed with a walk, putting the potential winning run on base.

Francisco Cabrera (another pinch-hitter) sent a scorching line drive to left field. Candy Maldonado (whose leadoff homer in the fourth had broken the 1-1 tie) hastily retreated toward the wall and made a spectacular, extended grab for the second out of the inning. Otis Nixon (who fell behind at 0-2) managed to connect for a clutch double that scored Blauser and moved Smith to third. With the game winning (and Series-tying) run just 90 feet from home plate, Ron Gant flied out to White.

Things continued to look grim for Atlanta as Charlie Leibrandt surrendered a single to Roberto Alomar in the eleventh, moving White (who had been hit) to second with "batman" Dave Winfield stepping up to the plate. The versatile utility infielder / designated hitter followed with a sharply hit grounder down the left-field line that went for a two run double and the Toronto lead. Now down 4-2, Atlanta led off the frame with another Blauser single and Berryhill reached base on shortstop Alfredo Griffin's misplay of a ground ball. After Rafael Belliard's sacrifice left runners on second and third, Brian Hunter came through with a run-scoring groundout. Clinging to the 4-3 advantage, the Blue Jays brought in their seventh pitcher of the night, Mike Timlin who induced Nixon to bunt with the potential tying run at third. The quick-reflexed, right-handed reliever charged the blooper and made the throw to first ending the game and the Series.

In the end, it was an anti-climatic finale to a very climatic Classic. The '92 title was the first championship crown ever won by a Canadian franchise and not surprisingly, it wouldn't be the last.

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1992 World Series

1992 World Series Program

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1991 | Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs Atlanta Braves (2) | 1993

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Jimmy Carter (39th U.S. President)
Attendance
51,763
National Anthem
Billy Ray Cyrus (Country Music Singer)
Canadian Anthem
Michael Burgess (Canadian Actor and Tenor)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance
51,763
National Anthem
Peabo Bryson (Singer / Songwriter / Dancer / Musician / Producer)
Canadian Anthem
Tom Cochrane (Canadian Musician / Humanitarian)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Skydome
Attendance
51,813
National Anthem
Jon Secada (Pop / Latin Pop Singer-Songwriter)
Canadian Anthem
Anne Murray (Grammy Award Winning Singer)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Skydome
Attendance
52,090
National Anthem
Wynonna Judd (Country Music Artist / Actress / Author)
Canadian Anthem
Michelle Wright (Canadian Country Music Artist)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Skydome
Attendance
52,268
National Anthem
Lyle Lovett (Country Music Artist / Singer-Songwriter / Actor)
Canadian Anthem
Prairie Oyster (Canadian Country Music Group)
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance
51,763
National Anthem
Harry Connick, Jr. (Singer / Actor)
Canadian Anthem
The Nylons (Singing Group)
1992 World Series Fast Facts

1992 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 x 3 4 0
Jack Morris (L)
Todd Stottlemyre (7 th )
David Wells (8 th )
Tom Glavine (W)
-
-
Joe Carter (4 th ) Damon Berryhill (6 th )

1992 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 9 2
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 1
David Cone
David Wells (5 th )
Todd Stottlemyre (7 th )
Duane Ward (W, 8 th )
Tom Henke (S, 9 th )
John Smoltz
Mike Stanton (8 th )
Jeff Reardon (L, 8 th )
-
-
Ed Sprague (9 th ) None

1992 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 1
Steve Avery (L)
Mark Wohlers (9 th )
Mike Stanton (9 th )
Jeff Reardon (9 th )
Juan Guzman
Duane Ward (W, 9 th )
-
-
None
-
Joe Carter (4 th )
Kelly Gruber (8 th )

1992 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 x 2 6 0
Tom Glavine (L)
-
-
Jimmy Key (W)
Duane Ward (8 th )
Tom Henke (S, 9 th )
None Pat Borders (3 rd )

1992 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Toronto 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
John Smoltz (W)
Mike Stanton (S, 7 th )
-
-
-
Jack Morris (L)
David Wells (5 th )
Mike Timlin (7 th )
Mark Eichhorn (8 th )
Todd Stottlemyre (9 th )
David Justice (4 th )
Lonnie Smith (5 th )
None
-

1992 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 1
David Cone
Todd Stottlemyre (7 th )
David Wells (7 th )
Duane Ward (8 th )
Tom Henke (9 th )
Jimmy Key (W, 10 th )
Mike Timlin (S, 11 th )
Steve Avery
Pete Smith (5 th )
Mike Stanton (8 th )
Mark Wohlers (9 th )
Charlie Leibrandt (L, 10 th )
-
-
Candy Maldonado (4 th ) None

1992 World Series

Toronto Blue Jays

Composite Hitting Statistics

2b
ph
c
of-4
p
p
ss
3b
p
p
p
ss
of-5
p
1b
1b-1
p
ph
p
p
p
of
of-3,dh-3
6
2
6
6
2
1
2
6
1
3
2
6
6
2
4
3
4
2
2
4
4
6
6
24
1
20
22
4
0
0
19
0
0
1
19
19
2
13
2
0
2
0
0
0
26
22
5
0
9
6
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
3
0
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
6
5
1
0
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
2
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
3
3
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
.208
.000
.450
.273
.500
.000
.000
.105
.000
.000
.000
.105
.158
.000
.308
.500
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.231
.227
3
1
2
3
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
0
1
2
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
2
5
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
3
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Totals
196
45
8
0
6
17
17
.230
18
33
6

1992 World Series

Atlanta Braves

Composite Hitting Statistics

p
ss-3,2b-1
c
ss
1b
ph
of-3
p
1b-3
of
p
2b
of
3b
p
of
dh-3
p
p
p
ph
p
2
4
6
6
5
1
4
2
4
6
1
6
6
6
2
4
5
1
3
4
1
2
1
0
22
24
15
1
8
2
5
19
0
19
27
25
0
15
12
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
2
6
3
0
1
0
1
3
0
4
8
6
0
8
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
2
0
0
4
0
0
3
2
0
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
0
2
1
2
0
1
5
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.000
.091
.250
.200
.000
.125
.000
.200
.158
.000
.211
.296
.240
.000
.533
.167
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
0
0
1
1
4
0
1
1
0
6
0
1
1
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
11
9
0
0
2
0
1
5
0
3
3
5
0
1
4
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
5
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
200
44
6
0
3
20
19
.220
20
48
15

1992 World Series

Toronto Blue Jays

Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
3
2
2
4
2
4
4
2
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10.1
1.0
8.0
3.1
9.0
10.2
3.2
1.1
3.1
4.1
3.48
0.00
1.13
2.70
1.00
8.44
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
9
0
8
2
6
13
4
0
1
1
8
1
7
1
6
12
4
0
6
3
4
0
1
1
1
10
0
0
0
0
8
1
7
1
6
12
4
0
6
3
Totals
4
2
27
6
0
3
0
55.0
2.78
44
48
17
20

1992 World Series

Atlanta Braves

Composite Pitching Statistics

0
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
2
1
2
4
2
2
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12.0
17.0
2.0
1.1
3.0
13.1
5.0
0.2
3.75
1.59
9.00
13.50
0.00
2.70
0.00
0.00
11
10
3
2
3
13
3
0
11
8
0
1
0
12
1
0
5
3
2
2
0
4
0
0
3
4
0
1
0
7
2
1
Totals
2
4
23
6
2
1
1
54.1
2.65
45
33
16
18
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Did you know that this was the first World Championship by a Canadian team in the history of Major League Baseball?

Dave Winfield won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award thanks in part to his eleventh inning tie breaking two run double into left field during Game 6 ; however, The Sporting News MVP Award went to Pat Borders for his series .450 batting average.

Deion Sanders could have easily won the Most Valuable Player had the Atlanta Braves won the 1992 World Series. His stats are truly outstanding, but the Braves failed to win their second consecutive attempt at a World Championship.

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