Below are more headlines from the 1992 baseball season, including Juan Gonzalez winning the American League home run title and Dave Winfield helping the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1992 World Series.
Dennis Eckersley Eck-cellent Again
A 7-1 record, a 1.91 ERA, and an American League-best 51 saves earned Dennis Eckersley a special double salute -- he won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player trophies. "Eck" failed to convert only three save opportunities during the regular season. While he enjoyed his sixth straight top season out of the bullpen, he unfortunately blew a critical one in game four of the ALCS as Toronto beat the A's and went to the 1992 World Series.
Juan Gonzalez: 43 HRs at 22
Rangers center fielder Juan Gonzalez won the 1992 American League home run title at age 22. He became the youngest player to lead the junior circuit in four-baggers since Joe DiMaggio turned the trick for the Yankees in 1937. Gonzalez, who hit .260 with 109 RBI, slugged his 43rd homer on the season's final day to break a tie with Oakland's Mark McGwire and capture the crown.
Edgar Martinez Puts M's on Map
Seattle third baseman Edgar Martinez became the first Mariner ever to lead the league in a Triple Crown category, batting .343 to pace the loop in 1992. His closest competitor, Kirby Puckett of Minnesota, finished 14 points behind. Martinez, who turned 29 before the season, was named the American League Player of the Month in both July and August. He also tied for the league lead with 46 doubles despite missing his final 19 games due to shoulder surgery.
Sid Bream Slides in Safely
With various Pirates, Braves, and 51,975 spellbound fans looking on, Atlanta first baseman Sid Bream slides in just ahead of Pittsburgh catcher Mike LaValliere's tag to score the winning run in game seven of the NLCS. Bream, who hit .261 with ten homers during the regular season, never possessed great running speed. He barely beat left fielder Barry Bonds' throw to score from second, sending Fulton County Stadium into a frenzy.
Ron Gant's Grand Slam Sinks Pirate Ship
Braves left fielder Ron Gant, who belted 17 homers during the 1992 regular season, added a key grand slam in game two of the NLCS to help defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5. Otis Nixon, Jeff Blauser, and David Justice scored ahead of Gant on the fifth-inning homer, which came against Pirate hurler Bob Walk. Gant's postseason heroics stopped here, however, as he slumped and was benched in favor of Deion Sanders in the 1992 World Series.
Roberto Alomar Takes Eck Deep
With a 6-4, ninth-inning lead in game four of the ALCS and Dennis Eckersley on the mound, the Oakland A's figured they had things well in hand. However, Toronto's Devon White singled to lead off the frame, and Roberto Alomar followed with a game-tying home run to right. The All-Star second sacker celebrates the blast, which helped earn him the ALCS MVP Award. Alomar hit .423 for the World Series.
Lonnie Smith Clears the Bases
Lonnie Smith was congratulated by his teammates after his grand slam off Jack Morris in the fifth inning of game five of the 1992 World Series. The homer broke open a close game and gave the Braves a 7-2 win. Smith, playing in his fifth fall classic, hit the first World Series grand slam by a National Leaguer since Ken Boyer's clout in 1964.
Flag Mishap Sparks Flap
In 1992, with a Canadian team competing in the fall classic for the first time, an international incident was almost certain to take place. Before the start of the second game of the 1992 World Series in Atlanta, the U.S. color guard inadvertently carried an upside-down Canadian flag onto the field. Though no offense was meant by anyone, the error rankled some Canadians, who only found solace in the Jays' 5-4 victory that evening.
Dave Winfield's Hit Wins 1992 World Series
Blue Jays slugger Dave Winfield saw his ecstatic teammates celebrating his 11th-inning double off Atlanta's Charlie Leibrandt in game six of the 1992 Series. At age 40, the DH sparked the Blue Jays with 26 homers, 108 RBI, and a .290 average during the regular season, and homered twice against Oakland in the ALCS.
Devon White Gyps David Justice
In the fourth inning of game three, Toronto center fielder Devon White made a catch many called one of the best in World Series history. The speedy White raced to the wall and made a leaping, over-the-shoulder catch to rob Dave Justice of a two-run double. White then fired the ball back to the infield as the Jays nearly turned a triple play.
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