1993 World Series

The 1993 World Series was the 90th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series and the conclusion of the 1993 Major League Baseball season. A best-of-seven playoff series, it pitted the defending champions and American League (AL) champion Toronto Blue Jays against the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies. With Toronto ahead three games to two in the Series, but trailing Game 6 by a score of 6-5 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, with runners on first and second base and a count of two balls and two strikes, Joe Carter hit a game-winning three-run home run to win Game 6 by a score of 8-6 and the series four-games-to-two for Toronto, its second consecutive championship (the first team to repeat as champions since the 197778 Yankees). This was only the second Series concluded by such a home run (the first was in the 1960 World Series on a Bill Mazeroski home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates), and the first such occasion where a come-from-behind walk-off home run won a World Series. This was the last major North American professional sports championship won by a Canadian team until the Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals.

Larry Andersen was the only member of the 1993 Phillies to also play for them in the 1983 World Series, although Darren Daulton was a late season call-up in 1983, but only served as the bullpen catcher in the World Series. Fittingly, in Daulton's first ever MLB game, he was a catcher for Larry Andersen.[1]

1993 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Toronto Blue Jays (4) Cito Gaston 95–67, .586, GA: 7
Philadelphia Phillies (2) Jim Fregosi 97–65, .599, GA: 3
DatesOctober 16–23
MVPPaul Molitor (Toronto)
UmpiresDave Phillips (AL, crew chief), Paul Runge (NL), Tim McClelland (AL), Charlie Williams (NL), Mark Johnson (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL)
Hall of FamersBlue Jays: Pat Gillick (GM), Roberto Alomar, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris (dnp)
Phillies: none
ALCSToronto Blue Jays defeated Chicago White Sox, 4–2
NLCSPhiladelphia Phillies defeated Atlanta Braves, 4–2
Broadcast
TelevisionCBS, simulcast in Canada on CTV
TV announcersSean McDonough and Tim McCarver
RadioCBS
CJCL (Toronto)
WOGL (Philadelphia)
Radio announcersVin Scully and Johnny Bench on CBS
Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth on CJCL
Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Chris Wheeler, Andy Musser, and Garry Maddox on WOGL
World Series

Summary

AL Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 16 Philadelphia Phillies – 5, Toronto Blue Jays – 8 SkyDome 3:27 52,011[2] 
2 October 17 Philadelphia Phillies – 6, Toronto Blue Jays – 4 SkyDome 3:35 52,062[3] 
3 October 19 Toronto Blue Jays – 10, Philadelphia Phillies – 3 Veterans Stadium 3:16 62,689[4] 
4 October 20 Toronto Blue Jays – 15, Philadelphia Phillies – 14 Veterans Stadium 4:14 62,731[5] 
5 October 21 Toronto Blue Jays – 0, Philadelphia Phillies – 2 Veterans Stadium 2:53 62,706[6] 
6 October 23 Philadelphia Phillies – 6, Toronto Blue Jays – 8 SkyDome 3:27 52,195[7]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 16, 1993 8:29 pm (EDT) at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 11 1
Toronto 0 2 1 0 1 1 3 0 X 8 10 3
WP: Al Leiter (1–0)   LP: Curt Schilling (0–1)   Sv: Duane Ward (1)
Home runs:
PHI: None
TOR: Devon White (1), John Olerud (1)

The Series' first game sent two staff aces—Curt Schilling for Philadelphia and Juan Guzman for Toronto—against one another. The result was less than a pitcher's duel, however, as both teams scored early and often. The Philles struck first in the top of the first on RBI singles by John Kruk and Darren Daulton aided by two walks. In the bottom of the second, after two singles and a wild pitch, Paul Molitor's single and Tony Fernandez's groundout scored a run each to tie the game. The Phillies took a 3–2 lead in the third when Mariano Duncan hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Kruk's single, but the Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half when Devon White reached third on left fielder's Milt Thompson's error and scored on Joe Carter's sacrifice fly. The Phillies retook the lead in the fifth inning when Duncan tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch, but White hit a home run to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. The next inning, John Olerud hit a home run of his own to put Toronto on top 5–4. In the seventh, after two one-out singles, Schilling was relieved by David West, who allowed an RBI double to White and two-run double to Roberto Alomar to pad Toronto's lead to 8–4. The Phillies got a run in the ninth when Kruk hit a leadoff single, moved to second on an error and scored on Jim Eisenreich's two-out single, but Duane Ward got Ricky Jordan to fly out to end the game as Toronto won 8–5. Al Leiter pitched ​2 23 innings—in relief of an erratic Juan Guzman, who walked four in just five innings—for his first World Series win. Kruk had three hits for Philadelphia. Alomar made an amazing diving catch on a Lenny Dykstra looper behind first in the top of the fifth.

Game 2

Sunday, October 17, 1993 8:29 pm (EDT) at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 12 0
Toronto 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 8 0
WP: Terry Mulholland (1–0)   LP: Dave Stewart (0–1)   Sv: Mitch Williams (1)
Home runs:
PHI: Jim Eisenreich (1), Lenny Dykstra (1)
TOR: Joe Carter (1)

In the second game of the Series, ALCS MVP Dave Stewart was on the mound for Toronto and Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead: in the third inning, After two walks, John Kruk and Dave Hollins hit back-to-back RBI singles, then Jim Eisenreich followed with a three-run home run to deep right-center to put them up 5–0. Toronto got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning courtesy of a Joe Carter two-run home run to left, then cut the Phillies' lead to 5–3 in the sixth when Roberto Alomar singled with two outs and scored on Tony Fernandez's double, but the Phillies got that run back in the seventh on Lenny Dykstra's home run off of Tony Castillo. Toronto cut the lead to 6–4 in the eighth when Paul Molitor hit a leadoff double off of Roger Mason, stole third and scored on John Olerud's sacrifice fly off of Mitch Williams. Alomar then walked and stole second, but was caught stealing third to end the inning. Williams then pitched a scoreless ninth as the Phillies won to tie the series. Mulholland pitched ​5 23 innings, allowing three earned runs, for the win.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 19, 1993 8:12 pm (EDT) at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 10 13 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 9 0
WP: Pat Hentgen (1–0)   LP: Danny Jackson (0–1)
Home runs:
TOR: Paul Molitor (1)
PHI: Milt Thompson (1)

For Toronto, Pat Hentgen faced off against Philadelphia starter Danny Jackson, who had pitched in the 1985 and 1990 World Series, in Game 3. Hentgen pitched a strong six innings, allowing just a single run, and the Toronto offense took care of the rest. In Jackson's previous postseason start against the Blue Jays, he had recorded a shutout (in the 1985 American League Championship Series), but he was not nearly as effective in this game. After a leadoff single and walk in the first, Paul Molitor's two-run triple and Joe Carter's sacrifice fly put Toronto up 3–0. Molitor's two-out home run in the third made it 4–0 Blue Jays, who then loaded the bases on three straight singles, but Jackson struck out Ed Sprague to end the inning without further damage. In the sixth, Roberto Alomar hit a leadoff single off of Ben Rivera, stole second and third and scored on Tony Fernandez's sacrifice fly. The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the inning on Jim Eisenreich's RBI single with two on via two walks. In the top of the seventh, Rickey Henderson hit a leadoff double, then scored on Devon White's triple. After a walk and strikeout, Alomar's RBI single made it 7–1 Toronto. Bobby Thigpen relieved Rivera and walked Fernandez before Sprague's sacrifice fly made it 8–1 Blue Jays. Three straight one-out singles by Milt Thompson, Lenny Dykstra and Mariano Duncan off of Danny Cox in the bottom of the inning made it 8–2 Blue Jays. Molitor hit a leadoff single in the ninth off of Larry Andersen before Alomar's triple and Fernandez's single scored a run each to make it 10–2 Blue Jays. Duane Ward allowed a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning to Thompson before retiring the next three hitters to end the game and give the Blue Jays a 2–1 series lead.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston was once again faced with an unusual and difficult decision prior to game time. As the Series switched to the National League ballpark, Gaston could not use his designated hitter, Paul Molitor, unless he played him in the field. This was not unfamiliar to Gaston, as he had to do the same thing one year prior to keep Dave Winfield in his lineup. Molitor's hitting kept him in the lineup over John Olerud for the games in Philadelphia, where he would play first base. The decision was potentially controversial as Olerud had led the American League in batting over the season with a .363 average; moreover, Molitor was the less sure-handed fielder. Molitor, however, put these concerns to rest, going 3-for-4, hitting a home run in the third inning and driving in three runs, while playing adequately at first base.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 20, 1993 8:12 pm (EDT) at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 3 0 4 0 0 2 0 6 0 15 18 0
Philadelphia 4 2 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 14 14 0
WP: Tony Castillo (1–0)   LP: Mitch Williams (0–1)   Sv: Duane Ward (2)
Home runs:
TOR: None
PHI: Lenny Dykstra 2 (3), Darren Daulton (1)

In the fourth game of the Series, Toronto sent Todd Stottlemyre to the mound while Philadelphia countered with Tommy Greene. It had been a rainy day in Philadelphia, which water-logged the aging turf at Veterans Stadium, making for particularly slippery conditions.

Toronto loaded the bases in the first on double, walk and single. Paul Molitor was walked to force in a run before Tony Fernandez's single scored two more. In the bottom half, three walks loaded the bases for the Phillies before Jim Eisenreich walked to force in a run, then Milt Thompson's three-run triple put the Phillies up 4–3. Lenny Dykstra's two-run home run next inning made it 6–3 Phillies. In the top of the third, after a one-out walk and single, consecutive RBI singles by Tony Fernandez and Pat Borders cut the lead to 6–5. Roger Mason relieved Greene and after a groundout and walk, Devon White's two-run single put Toronto up 7–6, but the Phillies tied the game in the fourth when Dykstra doubled with two outs off of Al Leiter and scored on Mariano Duncan's single. Next inning, after a leadoff single, Darren Daulton's two-run home run put the Phillies up 9–7. After another single, Thompson's RBI double made it 10–7, then Dykstra's second home run of the game made it 12–7 Phillies.

In the sixth, White hit a leadoff double before scoring on Roberto Alomar's single off of David West. After a single and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Fernandez's RBI groundout cut the Phillies' lead to 12–9, but they added a run in the bottom half when Dave Hollins hit a leadoff double off of Tony Castillo and scored on Thompson's two-out single. Next inning, a hit-by-pitch to Dalton with the bases loaded made it 14–9 Phillies. In the eighth, though, after a one-out single and walk off of Larry Andersen, Molitor's RBI double made it 14–10 Phillies. Fernandez then hit an RBI single off of Mitch Williams. A walk loaded the bases, then after a strikeout, Rickey Henderson's single and White's triple scored two runs each to put Toronto ahead 15–14. Duane Ward earned the save, retiring the last four Phillies batters.

Three new World Series records were set, including the longest game (4:14), most total runs scored in a single game (29), and most runs scored by a losing team (14). Also, Charlie Williams became the first African American to serve as the home plate umpire for a World Series game.

Two death threats directed towards Mitch Williams were phoned into Veterans Stadium as soon as it became evident that Williams was going to be the losing pitcher of Game 4. Williams was not aware of the death threats until after Game 5.

Game 5

Thursday, October 21, 1993 8:12 pm (EDT) at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Philadelphia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 1
WP: Curt Schilling (1–1)   LP: Juan Guzmán (0–1)

The offenses were due for an off-day, and it came in Game 5 courtesy of a Curt Schilling (Philadelphia) and Juan Guzman (Toronto) pitching duel. Schilling shut down the previously unstoppable Toronto offense, limiting the team to just five hits, no extra-base hits (although catcher Pat Borders had two hits) and no runs in a complete-game shutout. It was only the second time all season that Toronto had been shut out. Guzman pitched well in a losing effort, allowing only two runs and five hits in seven innings of work.

The two runs scored as a result of scrappy baserunning play from the Philadelphia offense. In the first inning, Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second, moved to third on a Pat Borders throwing error, and scored on a John Kruk ground out. In the second inning, Darren Daulton opened with a double, took third on a ground out, and scored on a Kevin Stocker single.

As it turned out, it was the final postseason baseball game in Veterans Stadium. It was demolished after the 2003 season.

Game 6

Saturday, October 23, 1993 8:12 pm (EDT) at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 6 7 0
Toronto 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 8 10 2
WP: Duane Ward (1–0)   LP: Mitch Williams (0–2)
Home runs:
PHI: Lenny Dykstra (4)
TOR: Paul Molitor (2), Joe Carter (2)

The sixth game in the Series was a rematch between Game 2 starters Terry Mulholland and Dave Stewart, who would have similar results. Toronto scored in the bottom of the first with a run-scoring Paul Molitor triple after a walk, Joe Carter sacrifice fly to score Molitor, and Roberto Alomar RBI single after a double. The Phillies got on the board in the fourth when Darren Daulton doubled with two outs and scored on Jim Eisenreich's single, but the Blue Jays got that run back in the bottom of the inning on when Alomar hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Ed Sprague's sacrifice fly. Paul Molitor added a home run in the fifth inning while the Toronto fans were chanting "MVP" for Paul, bringing the score to 5–1 for Toronto. Molitor became the first player in World Series history to have at least two home runs, two doubles, and two triples.

In the seventh inning, Philadelphia fought back with five runs. After a walk and single, Lenny Dykstra hit a three-run home run to knock Stewart out of the game. Mariano Duncan singled off reliever Danny Cox, stole second, and scored on Dave Hollins's RBI single to tie the game. A walk and single loaded the bases before Pete Incaviglia hit a sacrifice fly to put the Phillies up 6–5.

Philadelphia closer Mitch Williams came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth with his team clinging to a 6–5 lead. After beginning the inning by walking Rickey Henderson, Williams tried to counter Henderson's speed by using a slide-step style of pitching delivery. Prior to the game, Williams had never used the slide-step delivery in his career, and this may have cut back on his velocity. The walk to Henderson was followed by a Devon White fly out and a single by Paul Molitor that moved Henderson to second.

Blue Jays Win the 1993 World Series
Fireworks in the SkyDome after Carter's home run.

Joe Carter came up next and, with the count 2–2, he hit a three-run home run to win the game and the World Series. Just before the fifth and final pitch to Joe Carter, CBS Sports announcer Tim McCarver commented that Carter (relatively unproductive in the Series to date) looked awkward and uncomfortable at the plate. The same pitch allowed Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek the opportunity to utter his famous "Touch 'em all, Joe" quote, when Joe Carter clinched the series. Carter joined Bill Mazeroski as one of the only two players to win a World Series with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Carter was actively involved in the final play of the World Series for the second year in a row. In the previous year, Carter caught the final out as first baseman after relief pitcher Mike Timlin fielded Otis Nixon's bunt. Taking the 1993 ALCS into account (where he caught the final out in the outfield), he had been involved in the final play of three straight postseason series.

American League president Dr. Bobby Brown presented the World Series Trophy instead of the Commissioner of Baseball; this event also occurred in the year before.

Aftermath

The Blue Jays became the second expansion team to win two World Series championships, following the New York Mets in 1986. The Florida Marlins would win their second title in 2003, and the Kansas City Royals would accomplish the same feat in 2015. With the Montreal Canadiens winning the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals five months earlier, it marked the only time Canadian teams won multiple league championships among the four major North American team sports in a calendar year.

Mitch Williams would later place blame on himself for the Series loss:

Everybody saw what happened,. . . . I made a mistake, and he hit the mistake. I let my team down today. I'm not going to go home and commit suicide or anything....They did what they had to do to win this series. And I let us down in big situations. I carry that burden. No excuses. I didn't get the job done.
—Mitch Williams on his feelings about surrendering the home run to Joe Carter[8] Williams would be traded that off-season by the Phillies to the Astros.

Both teams would experience absences from the postseason; the Phillies did not return to the postseason until 2007, or appear in another World Series until their championship season of 2008, bringing the city of Philadelphia its first championship since the 76ers swept the 1983 NBA Finals.[9] The general manager of the Blue Jays, Pat Gillick, was general manager of the Phillies team that won the 2008 World Series. The Blue Jays did not qualify for the playoffs again until the 2015 season. This was the last time a team from Toronto made it to a championship round of one of the four major sports and the last professional sports championship in the four major sports for the city of Toronto until the Toronto Raptors made it to the NBA Finals 26 years later in 2019 and won.

By accumulating 45 runs over the course of the series, the Blue Jays scored the highest number of runs of any one series-winning team in World Series history. Only the series-losing 1960 New York Yankees accumulated more runs, 55, in a series. Coincidentally, that series also ended on a walk off home run.

Composite box

1993 World Series (4–2): Toronto Blue Jays (A.L.) over Philadelphia Phillies (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 9 2 6 3 2 5 6 7 5 45 64 7
Philadelphia Phillies 7 3 6 2 6 2 8 0 2 36 58 2
Total attendance: 344,394   Average attendance: 57,399
Winning player's share: $127,921   Losing player's share: $91,222[10]

Broadcasting

Game 6 (October 23) is to date, the last Major League Baseball game to be televised on CBS. Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Tim McCarver (color commentary and himself a former Phillies broadcaster) called the action for CBS. The following season, Major League Baseball entered into a revenue sharing joint venture with ABC and NBC called The Baseball Network, but that joint venture was cancelled after two seasons, and by 1996, Fox took over the broadcasting rights to MLB games. CBS' Andrea Joyce became the first woman to co-host (alongside Pat O'Brien) a World Series. Serving as field reporters for CBS were Lesley Visser (in the Blue Jays' dugout) and Jim Gray (in the Phillies' dugout)

The national radio broadcast was also provided by CBS, with Vin Scully and Johnny Bench on the call. Locally, the Series was called on WOGL-AM in Philadelphia by Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Chris Wheeler, Andy Musser, and Garry Maddox and on CJCL-AM in Toronto by Jerry Howarth and Tom Cheek. Cheek's famous call of the Carter home run ("Touch 'em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!") lives on in Blue Jays folklore.

The 1993 series was Richie Ashburn's last as a Phillies broadcaster, as he died in 1997. Andy Musser also called his last World Series as a member of the Phillies' broadcast team; he retired in 2001 and died eleven years later. Tom Cheek never called another postseason game in his role as voice of the Blue Jays, from which he retired in 2005 prior to his death from brain cancer. Game 6 also marked Johnny Bench's final broadcast for CBS Radio after nine years (he would be replaced on CBS Radio's World Series broadcasts by Jeff Torborg), while Harry Kalas would not call another World Series until 2008. Kalas later died in 2009 prior to a game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. Chris Wheeler continued to call games for the Phillies until being released in 2014 and Jerry Howarth continued to call Blue Jays games, moving into the primary play-by-play position following the death of Cheek, until his retirement before the 2018 season. Howarth would return to call postseason games when the Blue Jays qualified in 2015 and 2016, where they were eliminated in the ALCS both years.

The Joe Carter home run calls

Fastball is hit to left field, down the line, in the corner, home run! Joe Carter who took the 2 and 0 pitch for a strike right down the middle hits the 2 and 1 (sic) pitch over the left field wall and the Toronto Blue Jays come back with 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning to become the World Champions yet again. The final score: Toronto 8, Philadelphia 6.
Joe has had his moments. Trying to lay off that ball, low to the outside part of the plate, he just went after one. Two balls and two strikes on him. Here's the pitch on the way. A swing and a belt! Left field, way back, BLUE JAYS WIN IT! The Blue Jays are World Series Champions, as Joe Carter hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series Champions! Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!
The 2–2 pitch, line drive in deep left, this ball is outta here. Three-run home run, Joe Carter, and the Toronto Blue Jays are the world champions of baseball for the second straight year. A three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth by Joe Carter who's being mobbed at home plate.
Now the 2-2. Well-hit down the left-field line! Way back and GONE! Joe Carter with a three-run homer! The winners and still world champions, the Toronto Blue Jays!

Music

95 South Remixed their local hit "Whoot There It Is" turning into a special tribute to the Phillies. It is often confused with "Whoomp There It Is" by Tag Team; however, the songs are distinctly different.

Toronto rapper Choclair refers to Joe Carter's walk-off home run in his 1999 song, "Let's Ride".

On July 29, 2015, Toronto rapper Drake released a diss track against Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill entitled "Back to Back". The cover of the diss track features a picture of Joe Carter, just after hitting the series-clinching home run.

Other media

Roger Angell's review of the Series in the New Yorker was entitled "Oh, What A Lovely War".[11]

Notes

  1. ^ September 25, 1983 Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals Box Score and Play by Play Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "1993 World Series Game 1 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1993 World Series Game 2 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1993 World Series Game 3 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1993 World Series Game 4 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1993 World Series Game 5 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1993 World Series Game 6 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "WORLD SERIES; 'Wild Thing' One Time Too Often". October 24, 1993. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Sheridan, Phil (October 30, 2008). "WORLD CHAMPS!—28 years later, Phillies again are baseball's best". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  11. ^ Roger Angell, "Oh, What A Lovely War." New Yorker November 23, 1993.

See also

References

  • Forman, Sean L. "1993 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com – Major League Statistics and Information. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2007.

External links

See also

  • Angell, Roger (November 22, 1993). "Oh, What A Lovely War". New Yorker.
1993 American League Championship Series

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1993 World Series of Poker

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1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 67th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 1996, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. This marked the fifteenth and final all star game appearance of Ozzie Smith, who retired after the 1996 season. Smith entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. His first at-bat was greeted by chants of "Oz-zie, Oz-zie" from the Philadelphia crowd. Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the midst of his record-breaking run of consecutive games played, broke his nose during the pre-game AL team picture. However, he was ready to go at game time and started at SS.

During the pregame ceremonies, Kelsey Grammer of Frasier sang the American National Anthem and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan sang the Canadian National Anthem. U.S. Congressman Jim Bunning (who was elected to the baseball hall-of-fame in 1996) joined other Phillies' hall of fame alumni Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts in tossing the ceremonial first pitches.

Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays representative to the All-Star Game, received boos from the crowd for his home run that ended the 1993 World Series.The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 6–0. The National League would not win another All-Star Game until 2010.

Then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig presented the All-Star Game MVP Award to Mike Piazza. Bobby Brown had presented the MVP Award in 1993, while National League President Len Coleman had presented the award in 1994 and 1995. After presenting the MVP Award at the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Selig was officially named Commissioner of Baseball.

This is the only All-Star Game in which not a single pitcher walked a batter; appropriately, Braves closer Mark Wohlers was the final pitcher of the game.

Veterans Stadium also held the "distinction" of being the most recent host stadium to be closed down, a distinction it lost after Yankee Stadium closed at the conclusion of the 2008 season. This is also, as of the end of the 2019 MLB season, the last MLB All-Star Game to be played on artificial turf (there are now only two MLB stadiums with artificial turf, but both are of the next-generation variety).

Back to Back (Drake song)

"Back to Back" is a song by Canadian rapper Drake. It is the second diss track created by Drake and aimed at American rapper Meek Mill, following "Charged Up". At OVO Fest 2015, Drake performed "Charged Up" and his song live. The album's cover art is a still from Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, when former professional baseball player Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays famously hit a walk-off home run to win the series against the Philadelphia Phillies.The song saw critical and commercial success, peaking at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and being nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Dave Stewart (baseball)

David Keith Stewart (born February 19, 1957), nicknamed "Smoke", is an American professional baseball executive, pitching coach, sports agent, and retired starting pitcher, and also served as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Los Angeles Dodgers' 16th-round selection in the 1975 MLB draft, Stewart's MLB playing career spanned from 1978 through 1995, winning three World Series championships while compiling a career 3.95 earned run average (ERA) and a 168–129 won–lost record, including winning 20 games in four consecutive seasons. He pitched for the Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Stewart was an MLB All-Star and was known for his postseason performance – winning one World Series Most Valuable Player Award and two League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Awards – and for staring down batters when pitching to them. After his playing career, he served as a pitching coach for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Blue Jays and as an assistant GM. General managers he has worked under include: Sandy Alderson, Kevin Towers, Gord Ash, and Dean Taylor. He later became a sports agent based in San Diego until the Diamondbacks hired him as GM at the end of the 2014 season.

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After graduating from Memphis' Craigmont High School in 1983, West was drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round of the 1983 amateur draft and signed with the team on June 8, 1983. On July 31, 1989, West was traded by the New York Mets with a player to be named later, Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, and Kevin Tapani to the Minnesota Twins for Frank Viola. The Mets sent Jack Savage (October 16, 1989) to the Twins to complete the trade.

For the postseason of 1991, he had a time of ups and downs. In the 1991 American League Championship Series, he appeared in two games against the Toronto Blue Jays, pitching 5.2 innings while allowing just one hit and no runs. In the World Series that year, he appeared in two games, but he recorded no outs, allowing two hits, four runs, four walks in six total batters, having a ERA of infinity.

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Humberto Brenes

Humberto Brenes (Spanish pronunciation: [umˈbeɾto ˈβɾenes]; born May 8, 1951) is a Costa Rican professional poker player. Brenes currently resides in Miami Lakes, Florida with his wife (Patricia) and three children (José Humberto, Roberto, Jessica).Brenes began his gambling career playing baccarat, but later made his way into poker. He started to play tournaments in 1974 and became a regular tournament player in 1988.

In 1988, he made the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, finishing in fourth place and winning $83,050. He has collected two WSOP bracelets, cashed 72 times at the WSOP and made three World Poker Tour final tables.

Brenes's two bracelets came at the 1993 World Series of Poker in limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha. He tied with Phil Hellmuth, Jr. for highest number of money finishes (eight) in the 2006 WSOP. He also finished first, winning $502,460 at the Jack Binion 2002 World Poker Open, beating Erik Seidel heads up.

Brenes's unique dress makes him easy to spot at tournaments, as he tends to wear bright tracksuits, two pairs of glasses, one on top of the other, and a visor. He uses a toy shark as a card protector, the origin of his nickname. A relentless self-promoter, the bright tracksuit and toy shark are consistent with Brenes' ostentatious personality; he will often use the shark to belittle his opponents, thus gaining himself more time in front of the cameras. He is also known for singing during hands.

He also is a member of Team PokerStars. Brenes plays under the screen name "HumbertoB".Two of his brothers, Alex Brenes and Eric Brenes, have won World Poker Tour titles.In 2006, Brenes finished 36th in the WSOP Main Event in a field of 8,773 and then in 2007, Brenes cashed in the money again in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship, placing 83rd out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $82,476. Brenes was eliminated by Hevad Khan. In the hand Brenes with approximately 1,500,000 in chips had raised to 85,000, Khan then re-raised to 205,000, Brenes in dramatic fashion then went all-in holding A♥ K♥ and was instantly called by Khan who held pocket Aces, one of which was a spade. The board came 3♠ 5♠ K♠ 4♦ 10♠ giving Khan the ace high flush. However, with the 83rd-place finish, Brenes made WSOP history with the largest number of Main Event players outlasted in a two-year span with 15,012.

As of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,000,000. His 72 cashes in the WSOP account for $2,264,333 of those winnings, which he takes credit personally but also attributes greatly to his mentor and coach, Andrés "El Pemorado" Calderón.Humberto Brenes has been selected among the 10 finalists to enter the hall of fame of poker 2013.

Joe Carter

Joseph Chris Carter (born March 7, 1960) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and San Francisco Giants. Carter is best known for hitting a walk-off home run to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.

John Sullivan (1960s catcher)

John Peter Sullivan (born January 3, 1941, at Somerville, New Jersey) is a retired American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. A left-handed batter who threw right-handed, Sullivan stood 6' (183 cm) tall and weighed 195 pounds (89 kg) as an active player.

After graduating from Bernards High School, Sullivan signed with the Detroit Tigers in 1959 and made his debut with them in the waning days of the 1963 season. He played in five major league seasons with Detroit (1963–65), the New York Mets (1967) and Philadelphia Phillies (1968), appearing in 116 games, with 59 hits in 259 at bats, batting .228 with two home runs and 18 runs batted in. His only substantial terms of MLB service were as a reserve catcher for the 1965 Tigers and 1967 Mets, for whom he played his only full season in MLB. He played eight years at the Triple-A level.

Sullivan began managing in minor league baseball in 1973 in the Kansas City Royals' farm system. During six seasons, he rose from Rookie ball to Triple-A, winning four league championships and compiling a stellar .601 winning percentage (434 victories and 288 defeats). His only under .500 club, the 1978 Omaha Royals, who finished 66–69, nevertheless topped their division and defeated the Indianapolis Indians for the American Association championship.

In 1979, Sullivan began a 15-year run as a Major League coach, serving with the Royals (1979), Atlanta Braves (1980–81) and Toronto Blue Jays (1982–93). He was brought to Toronto by Bobby Cox after Cox' first term as Braves' manager, and remained with the club under Cox successors Jimy Williams and Cito Gaston, coaching on the Blue Jays' 1992 and 1993 World Series championship teams. His final game was Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, and his retirement was announced at the Blue Jays' championship celebration. Sullivan was asked to unveil the 1993 World Series Championship banner at the end of festivities.

Sullivan currently resides in Dansville, NY.

Larry Andersen

Larry Eugene Andersen (born May 6, 1953) is an American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball and current radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1975 through 1994, Andersen played for the Cleveland Indians (1975, 1977–1979), Seattle Mariners (1981–1982), Philadelphia Phillies (1983–1986, 1993–1994), Houston Astros (1986–1990), Boston Red Sox (1990), and San Diego Padres (1991–1992).

Major League Baseball on CBS

Major League Baseball on CBS is the branding used for broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States.

Mitch Williams

Mitchell Steven Williams (born November 17, 1964), nicknamed "Wild Thing", is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for six teams from 1986 to 1997. He was also a studio analyst for the MLB Network from 2009 to 2014.

Williams, a left-hander with a high-90s fastball and major control issues, was largely effective, especially in the early part of his career earning 192 saves in his 11 seasons including a career high of 43 in 1993. He is best known for giving up a walk-off home run to Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth game of the 1993 World Series, which gave Toronto a World Series championship over the Phillies. Williams' career went into immediate and noticeable decline afterward, although he played in parts of three more major league seasons.

Pat Borders

Patrick Lance Borders (born May 14, 1963) is an American former professional baseball player and current minor league manager. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1988 to 2005. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 World Series as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Borders also won an Olympic gold medal with the United States baseball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He is the current manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York–Penn League.

Paul Molitor

Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956), nicknamed "Molly" and "The Ignitor", is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and former manager of the Minnesota Twins, who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his 21-year baseball career, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978–92), Toronto Blue Jays (1993–95), and Minnesota Twins (1996–98). He was known for his exceptional hitting and speed. He made seven All-Star Game appearances, and was the World Series MVP in 1993.

Molitor grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota before beginning his MLB career. Molitor served as a coach for the Seattle Mariners and the Twins after his retirement as a player. In 2004, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, becoming one of the first players enshrined after spending a significant portion of his career as a designated hitter. He was a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. On November 3, 2014, Molitor was announced as the 13th manager of the Minnesota Twins. He managed the team for four seasons, and was fired in October 2018.

Roger Mason (baseball)

Roger Le Roy Mason (born September 18, 1957) is a retired American professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues primarily in relief from 1984 to 1987, 1989, and 1991–1994. Mason excelled in the post season where his microscopic ERA of 0.49 over 18.1 innings is still among the best for relievers.

As a member of the Giants, he became involved in baseball notoriety on April 13, 1987, when he gave up three consecutive solo home runs to San Diego Padres Marvell Wynn, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk, the first three batters he faced in the game. Despite this, the Giants still won, 13-6.

Mason was a member of the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers, and appeared in the 1993 World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In November 2008, Mason was hired as the pitching coach for the Traverse City Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League. In his initial season as coach, the Beach Bums posted the third lowest earned run average in the league.

Slider

In baseball, a slider is a breaking ball pitch that tails laterally and down through the batter's hitting zone; it is thrown with less speed than a fastball but greater than the pitcher's curveball.

The break on the pitch is shorter than that of the curveball, and the release technique is 'between' those of a curveball and a fastball. The slider is similar to the cutter, a fastball pitch, but is more of a breaking ball than the cutter. The slider is also known as a yakker or a snapper.

Todd Stottlemyre

Todd Vernon Stottlemyre (born May 20, 1965) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball, who played 15 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the son of Mel Stottlemyre, former New York Yankees pitcher. His brother Mel Stottlemyre Jr. also pitched in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals in 1990, and is currently the pitching coach for the Miami Marlins.

He was selected by the Blue Jays out of University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the third overall pick in the 1985 MLB draft.

Tom Cheek

Thomas F. Cheek (June 13, 1939 – October 9, 2005) was an American sports commentator who is best remembered today as the original "Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays", Cheek announced Major League Baseball (MLB) games for the Toronto Blue Jays on radio, as the play-by-play announcer, from the team's establishment in 1977 until his retirement in 2004, in which he had a 27-year streak of 4,306 consecutive games plus 41 post-season games called, which lasted from the first ever Blue Jays game on April 7, 1977 to June 3, 2004. Cheek was inducted to the Blue Jays Level of Excellence in 2004.

Cheek's best-known call was perhaps his description of Joe Carter's dramatic title-clinching home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, when he said, "Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" He is also author of the book Road to Glory, which chronicled the first 16 years of Blue Jays baseball.

Cheek was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award after being nominated as a finalist for the award every year since 2005.

Tony Castillo (pitcher)

Antonio José Castillo Jiménez (born March 1, 1963) is a Venezuelan former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox in all of parts of 10 seasons spanning 1988–1998. Listed at 5' 10" [1.78 m.], 177 lb. [80 k.], he batted and threw left handed.

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