Baseball’s Greatest Games: 1991 World Series Game 7

| September 4, 2011

Major League Baseball carries the designation of “America’s Pastime”. It was given this moniker for a number of reasons. During The Great Depression, baseball was there to take a struggling nation’s mind off of its financial woes. During World War II, baseball was there to keep the focus away from possible global annihilation. And after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, baseball was there to help heal and unify people all across America. On any given day between April and October, baseball brings the prospect of a magical occurrence. One such day was October 27, 1991.
Game 7 of the 1991 World Series was voted by MLB Network as the second greatest baseball game of the last 50 years. The 1991 World Series as a whole was voted by ESPN to be the greatest of all time. Some of the reasons for this are as follows:
1. Three of the seven went into extra innings
2. Four of the games were decided by one run
3. The home team won every game
4. Both teams involved, the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins, finished dead last in their respective divisions the previous year.
5. Game 7 featured a pitching match up of the ages. Literally.
The starting pitchers for Game 7 were different in every way. The Braves had 24-year-old John Smoltz, who was in only his third full Major League season, and his first post-season. Meanwhile, the Twins went with 36-year-old Jack Morris. Morris was pitching in his first season with the Twins, but not in the majors. Morris had been in the league since 1977, debuting with the Detroit Tigers, where he also won a World Series (in 1984).
To say Morris had an experience edge in big games would be an understatement. These two warriors put everything they had into this do-or-die Game 7. Smoltz pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing 0 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. A terrific performance by anyone’s standards, yet not as good as his opponent. Morris pitched one of the greatest games in World Series history. His final line: 10 innings (!), 0 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts. With the entire World Series on the line, Morris gave everything he had, and then some. But Morris couldn’t win the game by himself. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Twins sent up oft-injured pinch hitter Gene Larkin. Larkin had been hobbled by a knee injury most of the season. All he needed here was to hit the baseball where no Braves players were located. And that’s exactly what he did, hitting a single to centerfield that drove in the winning run and also drove the sellout crowd at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodrome into a state of hysterics.
This wonderful DVD, Baseball’ Greatest Games: Game 7 1991 World Series, is brought to us in a joint venture of A&E and Major League Baseball. There are no superfluous extras to be found on the DVD. The DVD is the entire game as it was originally broadcast on October 27, 1991, minus the commercials. The only extra is the opportunity to watch the game with the radio broadcast instead of the televised CBS broadcast announcers. But who needs extras when you have one of the greatest games not only in World Series history but MLB history. And this is coming from a Chicago Cubs fan, whose team isn’t even represented here.

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Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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