|2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces #35, Joe Mauer|
A lot of fans with a soft spot for the Twins hearken back to when two worst-to-first teams faced off in the 1991 World Series, Minnesota and Atlanta. Several high points stand out, especially for fans of Kirby Puckett and Jack Morris.
- The home team won all seven games, given us a full-length series and maximum fan energy
- Five games decided by one run
- Jack Morris went ten innings and shut out Atlanta 1-0 to win game seven
- Kirby Puckett hitting extra-inning, walk-off homers
One of my favorite bits: game three went so late and swapped so many players (12 innings) that we almost saw an outfielder pitch in the World Series. Here's the late-innings summary from Wikipedia.
"At this point, the game got bizarre. Substitutions and double switches were used by both teams into the twelfth, when Minnesota manager Tom Kelly used up his entire bench and had to send reliever Aguilera to pinch-hit for the active pitcher, Mark Guthrie, who had never had an at bat in his major league career, with the bases loaded and two out (Aguilera flied to center and the ball was caught by center fielder Ron Gant). Kelly said in an interview that if the game had gone on longer, since he had used up all his relief pitchers, he would have put left fielder Dan Gladden on the mound and put Aguilera in the outfield."
|1986 Big League Chew #5, Harmon Killebrew|
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