It takes 12 innings, but the first-ever World Series game in Atlanta goes to the Braves. Mark Lemke singles in David Justice for the 5-4 win over the Twins. This was the first of 4 games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later.
1998 Dennis Martinez of the Braves records his 244th career victory, surpassing Juan Marichal as the winningest Latin American pitcher. Ironically, Martinez’s 7-5 win comes against the Giants, Marichal’s former team.
1976 Ted Turner completes his purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. Using superstation WTBS to make Braves games available in nearly every home in North America, Turner made the team well-known even before their incredible run of titles in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Catfish Hunter of the Oakland Athletics is named the AL Cy Young Award winner. He led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA. On December 31st, he will sign as a free agent with the New York Yankees.
In a Game 7 for the ages, the Braves and Twins go scoreless through nine innings. Gene Larkin’s single and RBI in the 10th is the difference in the first extra-inning World Series Game 7 in 67 years. Jack Morris pitches the complete game 1-0 shutout, and is named Series MVP.
Future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine of the Braves becomes the first National League pitcher in twenty years to win twenty games in three consecutive years. Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs (and also in the Hall of Fame) was the last to do the trick.
For the first time since 1938, when the Waner brothers pulled the trick, brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron homer in the same inning. Both were hit in the last of the ninth, and Hank’s grand slam provides the winning margin in a 8-6 Atlanta Braves win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Clete Boyer, involved in a dispute with Atlanta Braves owner Paul Richards and manager Lum Harris over alleged silly rules and mismanagement, gets his release and retires. Boyer had hit safely in the last nine games of his career, including five home runs and 14 RBI.