1991 Baseball Season Highlights
- Minnesota wins American League pennant, polishing off Toronto in just five games, after finishing last in its division in 1990.
- The Braves, also a cellar-dweller in '90, cop their first National League flag since moving to Atlanta.
- The Braves need the full seven games to wrest NLCS from Pittsburgh, which loses its second LCS in a row when its big hitters -- Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, and Andy Van Slyke -- again fail in postseason play.
In 1991, Gaylord Perry
was voted into the
Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry, and Fergie Jenkins are voted into the Hall of Fame.
- The Twins bag their second World Championship in five years.
- For the first time since 1962, the World Series goes the full seven games and ends with a 1-0 verdict.
- The 1991 World Series is the first since 1924 to go the ultimate limit -- a seven-game, extra-inning clash won by the home team in its last at-bat.
- Jack Morris of the Twins bags 1991 World Series MVP Award after winning finale 1-0.
- Gene Larkin of the Twins delivers Series-winning hit, a pinch single in the tenth plating Dan Gladden.
- A base-running gaffe by Atlanta's Lonnie Smith costs the Braves a run that might have won the 1991 World Series finale.
- Both 1991 World Series skippers, Bobby Cox of Atlanta and Tom Kelly of the Twins, are selected Manager of the Year in their respective leagues.
- Atlanta is first major league team since the 1889-90 Louisville Colonels to win a pennant after posting the worst record in its league the previous year.
- Third baseman Terry Pendleton of Atlanta wins the National League hitting crown (.319) and also tops the loop in hits (187).
- Hal Morris of the Reds goes 3-for-4 on the season's final day to end up at .318, one point behind Terry Pendleton and short of the bat title.
- San Diego's Tony Gwynn hits .317, with 11 triples and just 19 strikeouts, before an injury idles him for the season.
- Pendleton wins National League MVP Award in the closest MVP vote since 1979. Bonds, 1990's National League MVP, is runner-up.
- Howard Johnson of the Mets paces the National League in home runs (38) and RBI (117).
- Johnson has 302 total bases, one behind National League co-leaders, and a .535 SA, .001 point behind leader Will Clark.
- Dodger Brett Butler tops the National League in runs (112) and walks (108) and is second in OBP (.401).
- Bonds is second to Butler in walks with 107 but tops the National League in OBP with .410.
- A late-season injury hampers Clark in his bid for the National League RBI crown; he finishes with 116.
- Padres first baseman Fred McGriff finishes season with a .522 career SA, highest among active players with at least 2,000 at-bats.
- Marquis Grissom of the Expos leads the major league with 76 stolen bases.
- Atlanta's Otis Nixon swipes 72 bases to set a new 20th century Braves record but is suspended for the rest of the season after failing a drug test.
- David Cone of the Mets leads all National League pitchers with 241 strikeouts.
- Cone ties the National League record when he fans 19 Phillies on the final day of the season.
- Dennis Martinez of the Expos pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers on July 28, winning 2-0.
- Two days before Martinez's gem, Mark Gardner of the Expos loses a no-hitter to the Dodgers, 1-0 in ten innings.
- Martinez leads the National League with a 2.39 ERA and five shutouts and also ties Tom Glavine of the Braves for the National League lead in CGs with nine.
- Glavine wins 20 games for the Braves and bags the National League Cy Young Award. The only other National League hurler to win 20 games is John Smiley of Pittsburgh.
- Greg Maddux of the Cubs leads the National League in innings pitched with 263.
- Reliever Lee Smith of the Cards sets a new National League record with 47 saves.
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