1991 Atlanta Braves season

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1991 Atlanta Braves
1991 NL West Champions
1991 NL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 94–68 (.580)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television WTBS
TBS Superstation
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton)
SportSouth
(Ernie Johnson)
Local radio WSB
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Dave O'Brien)
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In 1991, the Atlanta Braves became the first team in the National League to go from last place one year to first place the next. This feat was also accomplished by the 1991 Minnesota Twins. The last Major League Baseball team to accomplish this was the 1890 Louisville Colonels of the American Association.

The Braves had a last place finish in 1990 but managed to overtake the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West clinching the division on the next to the last day of the regular season.[1][2]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Atlanta Braves 94 68 -- .580
Los Angeles Dodgers 93 69 1.0 .574
San Diego Padres 84 78 10.0 .519
San Francisco Giants 75 87 19.0 .463
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 20.0 .457
Houston Astros 65 97 29.0 .401

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1991 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; Avg. = Batting Average; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Olson, GregGreg Olson 133 411 46 99 .241 6 44 1
1B Bream, SidSid Bream 91 265 32 67 .253 11 45 0
2B Treadway, JeffJeff Treadway 106 306 41 98 .320 3 32 2
3B Terry Pendleton 153 586 94 187 .319 22 86 10
SS Belliard, RafaelRafael Belliard 149 353 36 88 .249 0 27 3
LF Lonnie Smith 122 353 58 97 .275 7 44 9
CF Ron Gant 154 561 101 141 .251 32 105 34
RF Justice, DavidDavid Justice 109 396 67 109 .275 21 87 8

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Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Nixon, OtisOtis Nixon 124 401 81 119 .297 0 26 72
Blauser, JeffJeff Blauser 129 352 49 91 .259 11 54 5
Brian Hunter 97 271 32 68 .251 12 50 0
Mark Lemke 136 269 36 63 .234 2 23 1
Mike Heath 49 139 4 29 .209 1 12 0
Sanders, DeionDeion Sanders 54 110 16 21 .191 4 13 11
Tommy Gregg 72 107 13 20 .187 1 4 2
Cabrera, FranciscoFrancisco Cabrera 44 95 7 23 .242 4 23 1
Mitchell, KeithKeith Mitchell 48 66 11 21 .318 2 3 3
Bell, MikeMike Bell 17 30 4 4 .133 1 1 1
Jerry Willard 17 14 1 3 .214 1 4 0
Danny Heep 14 12 4 5 .417 0 3 0
Vinny Castilla 12 5 1 1 .200 0 0 0
Damon Berryhill 1 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Rico Rossy 5 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts; BB = Bases on Balls

Player G IP W L ERA SO BB
Glavine, TomTom Glavine 34 246.2 20 11 2.55 192 69
Leibrandt, CharlieCharlie Leibrandt 36 229.2 15 13 3.49 128 56
Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz 36 229.2 14 13 3.80 148 77
Avery, SteveSteve Avery 35 210.1 18 8 3.38 137 65
Pete Smith 14 48 1 3 5.06 29 22
Armando Reynoso 6 23.1 2 1 6.17 10 10

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Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts; BB = Bases on Balls

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB
Mahler, RickRick Mahler 13 28.2 1 1 0 5.65 16 12

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts; BB = Bases on Balls

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO BB
Berenguer, JuanJuan Berenguer 49 64.1 0 3 17 2.24 53 20
Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 74 78 5 5 7 2.88 54 21
Kent Mercker 50 73.1 5 3 6 2.58 62 35
Marvin Freeman 34 48 1 0 1 3.00 34 13
Jim Clancy 24 34.2 2 3 3 5.71 17 14
St. Claire, RandyRandy St. Claire 19 28.2 0 0 0 4.08 30 9
Dan Petry 10 24.1 0 0 5.55 9 14
Jeff Parrett 18 21.1 1 2 1 6.33 14 12
Mark Wohlers 17 19.2 3 1 2 3.20 13 13
Peña, AlejandroAlejandro Peña 15 19.1 2 0 11 1.40 13 3
Doug Sisk 14 14.1 2 1 0 5.02 5 8
Castillo, TonyTony Castillo 7 8.2 1 1 0 7.27 8 5
Mike Bielecki 2 1.2 0 0 0 0.00 3 2

National League Championship Series[edit]

Avery's amazing season continued with one of the greatest postseason performances of all-time. He shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for 16.2 innings over two games and accumulated two 1-0 wins. His performance earned him MVP honors for the 1991 NLCS.

Game 1[edit]

October 9: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Pittsburgh 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 X 5 8 1
W: Doug Drabek (1-0)   L: Tom Glavine (0-1)   S: Bob Walk (1)
HR: ATLDavid Justice (1)  PITAndy Van Slyke (1)
Pitchers: ATL – Glavine (6), Wohlers (1), Stanton (1)  PIT – Drabek (6), Walk (3)
Attendance: 57,347  Time: 2:51

Game 2[edit]

October 10: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
W: Steve Avery (1-0)   L: Zane Smith (0-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (1)
HR: ATL – None   PIT – None
Pitchers: ATL – Avery (813), Pena (2/3)  PIT – Z. Smith (7), Mason (1), Belinda (1)
Attendance: 57,533  Time: 2:46

Game 3[edit]

October 12: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 10 2
Atlanta 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 X 10 11 0
W: John Smoltz (1-0)   L: John Smiley (0-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (2)
HR: PIT – None  ATLGreg Olson (1), Ron Gant (1), Sid Bream (1)
Pitchers: PIT – Smiley (2), Landrum (1), Patterson (2), Kipper (2), Rodriguez (1)  ATL – Smoltz (613), Stanton (2/3), Wohlers (1/3), Pena (123)
Attendance: 50,905  Time: 3:21

Game 4[edit]

October 13: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 1
Atlanta 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
W: Stan Belinda (1-0)   L: Kent Mercker (0-1)   S: None
HR: PIT – None  ATL – None
Pitchers: PIT – Tomlin (6), Walk (2), Belinda (2)  ATL – Leibrant (623), Clancy (1/3), Stanton (2), Mercker (2/3), Wohlers (1/3)
Attendance: 51,109  Time: 3:43

Game 5[edit]

October 14: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
W: Zane Smith (1-1)   L: Tom Glavine (0-2)   S: Roger Mason (1)
HR: PIT – None  ATL – None
Pitchers: PIT – Z. Smith (723), Mason (113)  ATL – Glavine (8), Pena (1)
Attendance: 51,109  Time: 2:51

Game 6[edit]

October 16: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
W: Steve Avery (2-0)   L: Doug Drabek (1-1)   S: Alejandro Peña (3)
HR: ATL – None  PIT – None
Pitchers: ATL – Avery (8), Pena (1)  PIT – Drabek (9)
Attendance: 54,508  Time: 3:09

Game 7[edit]

October 17: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
W: John Smoltz (2-0)   L: John Smiley (0-2)   S: None
HR: ATLBrian Hunter (1)  PIT – None
Pitchers: ATL – Smoltz (9)  PIT – Smiley (2/3), Walk (413), Mason (2), Belinda (2)
Attendance: 46,932  Time: 3:04

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1991 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 19, 1991 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 X 5 9 1
W: Jack Morris (1-0)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (1)
HR: MINGreg Gagne (1), Kent Hrbek (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 20, 1991 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 4 1
W: Kevin Tapani (1-0)   L: Tom Glavine (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (2)
HR: MINChili Davis (1), Scott Leius (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 22, 1991 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 2
W: Jim Clancy (1-0)   L: Rick Aguilera (0-1)  
HR: MINChili Davis (2), Kirby Puckett (1)  ATLDavid Justice (1), Lonnie Smith (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 23, 1991 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 0
W: Mike Stanton (1-0)   L: Mark Guthrie (0-1)  
HR: MINMike Pagliarulo (1)  ATLTerry Pendleton (1), Lonnie Smith (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 24, 1991 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 7 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 4 1 0 6 3 X 14 17 1
W: Tom Glavine (1-1)   L: Kevin Tapani (1-1)  
HR: ATLDavid Justice (2), Lonnie Smith (3), Brian Hunter (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 26, 1991 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
W: Rick Aguilera (1-1)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-2)  
HR: ATLTerry Pendleton (2)  MINKirby Puckett (2)

Game 7[edit]

October 27, 1991 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 0
W: Jack Morris (2-0)   L: Alejandro Peña (0-1)  

For the first time since 1962, a seventh game of the World Series ended with a 1-0 verdict.[16] It was also the second time in five that the home team won all seven games of a World Series.

Award winners[edit]

1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Tom Glavine, Pitcher, Starter

Team leaders[edit]

  • Home Runs - Ron Gant (32)
  • Runs Batted In - Ron Gant (105)
  • Batting Average - Terry Pendleton (.319)
  • Hits - Terry Pendleton (187)
  • Stolen Bases - Otis Nixon (72)
  • Walks - Otis Nixon (71)
  • Wins - Tom Glavine (20)
  • Earned Run Average - Juan Berenguer (2.24)
  • Strikeouts - Tom Glavine (192)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Phil Niekro
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Chris Chambliss
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Grady Little
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Roy Majtyka
Rookie Pulaski Braves Appalachian League Randy Ingle
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Jim Saul
Rookie Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League Steve Curry

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Pulaski[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martinez, Michael (October 6, 1991). "For the Dodgers, 4 Days Gone Wrong". New York Times. p. S1. 
  2. ^ Chass, Murray (October 6, 1991). "Miracle Is Now Official: The Braves Win It!". New York Times. p. S1. 
  3. ^ Terry Pendleton page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Sid Bream page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jerry Willard page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Deion Sanders page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Jim Vatcher page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Randy St. Claire page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Otis Nixon page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ a b Danny Heep page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ a b Rick Mahler page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Damon Berryhill page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Mike Kelly page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Jason Schmidt page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ATL/1991.shtml
  16. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.367, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  17. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

“ ”* 1991 Atlanta Braves team page at Baseball Reference

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