One of my best memories of baseball is from the 1992 NLCS. I had long cheered on my Braves during the lean years of the 1980s. In 1991, they finally made it to the World Series and it looked like things would really turn around. Going from worst to first that year was very exciting. The ’91 Series went to 7 games and was one of the most memorable Series in recent history. If not for Lonnie “Skates” Smith’s running error in the top of the 8th of Game 7, the Braves might have brought home the title.
The next season brought a lot of hope for the Braves after coming so close to winning it all in ’91. The Braves once again won the West (still strange to think they were in the West at one point) and faced off with the Pittsburgh Pirates once again in the NLCS. Game 6 was a hard one for the Braves as they lost 13-4 and faced a do-or-die Game 7. Through eight and a half innings, the score stood Pirates 2, Braves 0. It looked as though they would fall short once again. Then magic struck. Terry Pendleton led off the bottom of the 9th with a double. David Justice followed it up by reaching on an error from normally sure handed second baseman Jose Lind. Sid Bream walked and all of a sudden the bases were loaded. The Pirates finally took out starter Doug Drabek and brought in Stan Belinda.
Ron Gant quickly greeted Belinda with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1. Damon Berryhill then walked to reload the bases. With one out, pinch-hitter Brian Hunter popped out to shortstop Jay Bell and it looked like the Pirates might escape with the win. Then Bobby Cox sent up Francisco Cabrera, the last man on the Braves bench. And Skip Caray took it from there…..
“A lotta room in right-center, if he hits one there we can dance in the streets. The 2-1. Swung, line drive left field! One run is in! Here comes Bream! Here’s the throw to the plate! He is…safe! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!…Braves win! They may have to hospitalize Sid Bream; he’s down at the bottom of a huge pile at the plate. They help him to his feet. Frank Cabrera got the game winner! The Atlanta Braves are National League champions again! This crowd is going berserk, listen!”
If you want to see the play, and hear this famous call, the link below will take you to MLB.com where the video is hosted.
That is my favorite baseball memory. I can still remember sitting at the end of my bed barely able to watch. I would peak through my hands as they covered my face while I nervously watched. So what is your favorite baseball memory? Leave a message and let me know.