Lee Smith Becomes First to Ring Up 400 Career Saves
By the close of the 1993 season this hurler was headed for the Hall of Fame even though he possessed only a 67-78 career won-lost record. That's because Lee Smith in 1993 also became the first pitcher ever to collect 400 career saves. Smith's milestone save came with the Yankees, who acquired him late in the year for a stretch drive that failed to materialize.
Andres Galarraga Hits .370
The Cardinals saw no reason to retain Andres Galarraga when he hit just .243 in 1992 after tumbling to .219 the year before. But the first sacker regained his old form and more when he joined the expansion Rockies. The nine-year veteran hiked his career average a phenomenal 12 points, from .267 to .279, ripping National League hurlers to the tune of .370 and garnering the senior loop batting crown.
Sammy Sosa Joins 30/30 Club
Like Andres Galarraga, Sammy Sosa in 1993 jolted the many pundits who'd given up on him. After collecting just 37 homers in his previous four seasons combined, Sosa hammered 33 round-trippers in 1993, his first full season playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. By combining his 33 dingers with 36 steals, Sosa became the Cubs' first-ever 30/30 performer.
Controversy in Chicago: Bo Jackson Starts, George Bell Benched
George Bell of the White Sox shook hands with Toronto hurler Dave Stewart prior to game three of the 1993 ALCS at SkyDome. Bo Jackson pointedly avoided eye contact with his Sox teammate. At the beginning of the championship series, Jackson was named the White Sox's starting designated hitter by manager Gene Lamont, bringing howls of protest from Bell, who had served in the role all season. Jackson went 0-for-10 in the series, causing fans as well as pundits to question the wisdom of Lamont's decision.
Phils Down Braves in Ten
John Kruk was greeted by his Phils teammates as he crossed the plate with the winning run in the tenth inning of the opening game of the 1993 NLCS. After doubling earlier in the inning, Kruk was chased home by sub third sacker Kim Batiste's single to left. An errant throw by Batiste had allowed the Braves to score the tying run in the top of the ninth inning, sending the game into extra innings.
Paul Molitor Bags 1993 Series MVP Award
1993 Series MVP Paul Molitor pokes yet another of his 12 hits against the Phillies. When the bat of the Blue Jays designated hitter came out of the SkyDome starting gate smoking, Toronto pilot Cito Gaston rearranged his offense, installing Molitor at third base in place of Ed Sprague once the Series moved to Philadelphia for games three through five. Molitor collected 22 total bases to go with his 12 hits for a .917 slugging average.
Mitch Williams Blasted in 1993 Series
Mitch Williams bagged 43 saves on a 3.34 ERA during the regular season in 1993 and then continued to shine in the NLCS, racking up two saves and a 1.69 ERA in four outings. His 1993 World Series line, however, showed a 20.25 ERA and two losses in three appearances, including the disastrous finale.
Joe Carter Celebrates 1993 Series Win
Joe Carter jumped for joy as he headed toward home with the run that won the 1993 World Series. Carter's three-run homer off Mitch Williams scored Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor ahead of him and gave Toronto a come-from-behind 8-6 win. The Series featured a string of high-scoring games sandwiched around Curt Schilling's 2-0 shutout gem in game five that saved the Phils for one more round and set up Carter's heroics.
The next page highlights key events and details from the 1993 baseball season.
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