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1992 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Toronto Blue Jays (4) Cito Gaston 96–66, .593, GA: 4
Atlanta Braves (2) Bobby Cox 98–64, .605, GA: 8
Dates: October 17–October 24
MVP: Pat Borders (Toronto)
Television: CBS, simulcast in Canada on CTV
TV announcers: Sean McDonough and Tim McCarver
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: Vin Scully and Johnny Bench
Umpires: Jerry Crawford (NL), Mike Reilly (AL), Joe West (NL), John Shulock (AL), Bob Davidson (NL), Dan Morrison (AL)
Future Hall of Famers: Blue Jays: Dave Winfield.
Braves: none.
ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays over Oakland Athletics (4–2)
NLCS: Atlanta Braves over Pittsburgh Pirates (4–3)
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The 1992 World Series was the first Series ever with games played outside the United States of America. It pitted the American League champion Toronto Blue Jays against the National League champion Atlanta Braves. Toronto defeated Atlanta, four games to two, marking the first time a team based outside the United States won the World Series.



The Blue Jays made it to the Series after beating the Oakland Athletics in six games in the American League Championship Series. The Braves were in their second consecutive series after again knocking off the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games in the National League Championship Series.


AL Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs. NL Atlanta Braves (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 17 Toronto Blue Jays – 1, Atlanta Braves – 3 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:37 51,763[1]
2 October 18 Toronto Blue Jays – 5, Atlanta Braves – 4 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 3:30 51,763[2] 
3 October 20 Atlanta Braves – 2, Toronto Blue Jays – 3 SkyDome 2:49 51,813[3] 
4 October 21 Atlanta Braves – 1, Toronto Blue Jays – 2 SkyDome 2:21 52,090[4] 
5 October 22 Atlanta Braves – 7, Toronto Blue Jays – 2 SkyDome 3:05 52,268[5] 
6 October 24 Toronto Blue Jays – 4, Atlanta Braves – 3 (11 innings) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 4:07 51,763[6]



Game 1

Saturday, October 17, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 3 4 0

WP: Tom Glavine (1–0)  LP: Jack Morris (0–1)  
HRs:  TOR – Joe Carter (1)  ATL – Damon Berryhill (1)

Braves fans had plenty to worry about in regard to both starting pitchers. Tom Glavine's post-season career had been less than stellar, including giving up eight runs in the second inning of Game 6 of the NLCS against Pittsburgh. Entering Game 1, Glavine's career post-season record was 1–5 despite two starts where he had pitched complete games and only given up one run each time. Glavine was 0–2 in those starts. Jack Morris had shut the Braves out for ten innings in the last game of the 1991 World Series with the Twins and won the MVP.

Morris, in fact, shut the Braves out for five innings to stretch his shutout string over Atlanta to fifteen innings. Glavine gave up a Joe Carter homer in the fourth. But with two outs in the sixth, catcher Damon Berryhill golfed a Morris pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run homer that was all Atlanta needed to win game one by the score of 3–1. Glavine went the distance for the victory. In taking the loss, Morris suffered his first career World Series defeat in his sixth start, with one no-decision. It would not be his last.

Game 2

Sunday, October 18, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 9 2
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 1

WP: Duane Ward (1–0)  LP: Jeff Reardon (0–1)  SV: Tom Henke (1)  
HRs:  TOR – Ed Sprague (1)

Before the game started, during the performance of the National Anthems of the United States and Canada, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard accidentally flew the flag of Canada upside down[7] The Corps apologized for the error and took pains to carry the flag properly prior to Game 3 in Toronto after insisting that they would be honored to do so.. On top of that, Canadian rock/country musician Tom Cochrane sang the Canadian national anthem incorrectly. The section of the song which is to be sung as "...from far and wide, oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee..." was instead sung as follows: "...oh Canada, we stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee..." (Cochrane was actually singing the pre-1980 words for O Canada).

The pitching match-up featured former Met David Cone, acquired by the Jays in an August trade, against the Braves' John Smoltz, the man who had beaten Cone out for the NL strikeout title by one (because Cone was traded to the American League). Cone got two hits, only the second and third hits by AL pitchers in the Series since 1979, and pitched well, but he left the game trailing 3–2 and was replaced by David Wells.

A controversial call benefited the Braves. In the top of the fourth inning, with two out and Roberto Alomar on third, John Smoltz pitched a ball in the dirt to John Olerud, which got away from catcher Damon Berryhill. Alomar decided to run home. The ball rolled only about 10–15 feet away from the plate, and Berryhill fielded the ball and threw it to Smoltz who ran over from the mound to cover the plate. Umpire Mike Reilly called Alomar out, ending the inning (even though replays during the CBS telecast clearly showed the sliding Alomar touch the plate before Smoltz applied the tag). The score remained 1–0 after the fourth and eventually became 4–3 for the Braves after fifth inning rallies by both teams and Alomar scoring on a Dave Winfield single in the eighth.

The Jays entered the ninth trailing by the one run Reilly had cost them. After a walk to Derek Bell, Toronto reserve infielder Ed Sprague drilled a pitch from Braves closer Jeff Reardon, then baseball's all-time saves leader, to left for a two-run homer. The play was portentously called by Blue Jays announcer Tom "Pops" Cheek, who infamously said "Watch him hit a homer" during Sprague's at bat.

Atlanta tried to rally in the ninth, bringing MVP candidate Terry Pendleton to the plate with two on and two out. Pendleton had led the majors with a .391 average with runners in scoring position and two out. However, he popped out to Jays third baseman Kelly Gruber to seal the victory for Toronto. Gruber then angered Braves fans and players by mocking the "Tomahawk Chop" as he left the field.[8 ]

Game 3

Tuesday, October 20, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 1

WP: Duane Ward (2–0)  LP: Steve Avery (0–1)  
HRs:  TOR – Joe Carter (2), Kelly Gruber (1)

Before this game, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard offered to hoist the Canadian flag once more in order to make amends for the inverted flag incident of Game 2. Likewise, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police flew the flag of the United States.

As Game 3 moved across the border (for the first Canadian Classic) the question still remained of the Blue Jays' ballpark benefit. Before this series, the Blue Jays had previously only gone 3–6 in the postseason in their home park.

In the fourth inning, fans saw one of the greatest catches in baseball history. Devon White made a sensational backhanded grab (against the 400-foot sign) off a David Justice blast with Deion Sanders and Terry Pendleton on base. The snag nearly resulted in a triple play as Pendleton passed Sanders on the base paths for an automatic out but second base umpire Bob Davidson (the same controversial umpire of the 2006 World Baseball Classic) ruled Sanders safe in a rundown by Kelly Gruber despite several replays showing that Gruber had indeed tagged Sanders.

The first ever World Series run scored in Canada came via a solo home run by Joe Carter in the fourth inning. The Braves would tie the game in the sixth when "Neon" Deion Sanders ripped a double into the right-field corner and scored on a Justice single through the right side. In the eighth inning, Otis Nixon hit a line drive off Kelly Gruber's glove, stole second, and scored on a clutch RBI hit by the veteran Lonnie Smith. Gruber, however, made up for his miscue by belting a game-tying homer off Steve Avery in the bottom half.

The Blue Jays won the game in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a single by Candy Maldonado off of Jeff Reardon, who surrendered the go-ahead run for the second consecutive game and did not pitch again in the rest of the series. Roberto Alomar scored the winning run and much like his teammate Gruber had the previous game Tomahawk Chopped to celebrate the win.

The game was also marked by the first World Series managerial ejection since 1985, when Atlanta's Bobby Cox threw a batting helmet out of the Braves' dugout to protest a ninth-inning strikeout of Jeff Blauser. While this wasn't the last World Series ejection, Cox remains the last manager to be ejected in the World Series (having been ejected in Game 6 of the 1996 World Series for arguing a call on the bases) [8 ].

This was the first game in any World Series to be played outside the United States.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 21, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 6 0

WP: Jimmy Key (1–0)  LP: Tom Glavine (1–1)  SV: Tom Henke (2)  
HRs:  TOR – Pat Borders (1)

This game would mark Jimmy Key's final start as a Blue Jay. Key, a starter during the regular season, was relegated to the bullpen during the playoffs and had pitched only three innings, all in relief. After giving up a lead-off single to Otis Nixon in the first inning, Key picked Nixon off first base and gave up only three hits over seven innings. Pat Borders put the Jays up with a third inning home run. In the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Jays went up 2–0 as Kelly Gruber scored on an RBI single by Devon White. The Braves would score a run in the top of the eighth inning thanks to a double by Ron Gant and an infield groundout by Mark Lemke. With two runners in scoring position and two out, Key would be relieved by Duane Ward. Ward escaped the jam when John Olerud backhanded a sizzling groundball by Jeff Blauser to end the inning. Henke came on in the 9th and retired the Braves in order to get the save and put the Jays up 3–1 in the series.

Game 5

Thursday, October 22, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Toronto 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

WP: John Smoltz (1–0)  LP: Jack Morris (0–2)  SV: Mike Stanton (1)  
HRs:  ATL – David Justice (1), Lonnie Smith (1)

This was Jack Morris' second start of the World Series and would also be his second loss. The Braves third, fourth and fifth batters of the batting order were under a dubious statistic: none of them had attained an extra-base hit in the previous four games. This would stand until Terry Pendleton hit an RBI double against Morris in the first inning, bringing home Otis Nixon, who had, himself, doubled earlier in the inning. Justice would hit a home run in the top of the fourth inning to put the Braves up 2–1 for his first extra-base hit of the '92 World Series. However, Pat Borders would tie the game in the bottom of the inning on his second RBI single of the evening. In the fifth inning, the Braves blew the game open. Nixon singled to center with no one on and two out. He stole second, and scored when Sanders spanked a single to center giving the Braves a 3–2 lead. After Pendleton's second double of the night put two runners in scoring position, Morris and the Jays decided to intentionally pass Justice to load the bases. The move backfired when Lonnie Smith drove a grand slam over the right field fence. The Blue Jays could not recover down 7–2, and Atlanta's offensive outburst dashed any hopes of the World Series being decided on Canadian ground, which would happen the following year.

Game 6

Saturday, October 24, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 1

WP: Jimmy Key (2–0)  LP: Charlie Leibrandt (0–1)  SV: Mike Timlin (1)  
HRs:  TOR – Candy Maldonado (1)

Atlanta's Steve Avery and Toronto's David Cone were the starters in this game. Because Avery was a left-handed pitcher, the Blue Jays started Joe Carter at first base instead of John Olerud. As a result, Dave Winfield was placed in right field to make up for Carter's move to first base. The Blue Jays got on the board right out of the gate when Justice misplayed a line drive by Carter to right field scoring Devon White who had singled. In the third, Atlanta's surprise hero of the series Deion Sanders doubled off Carter's glove and scored when Pendleton hit a sac fly. Toronto untied the affair immediately when Candy Maldonado hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth. Roberto Alomar made a memorable play on a Jeff Blauser ground ball: the ball was grounded to the far right of Roberto Alomar, the second baseman; Alomar dove for the ball and recorded the out at first after a quick throw from the knees. The 2–1 score was preserved by solid pitching and defense from the Blue Jays as Cone, Todd Stottlemyre, David Wells, and Duane Ward held the Braves to one run through eight innings. The Braves were just as good defensively as well, and although Avery only lasted four innings Pete Smith, Mike Stanton, and Mark Wohlers held the Blue Jays in check and kept them scoreless over the next five innings. The score stood 2–1 in favor of the Blue Jays entering the bottom of the ninth, with Toronto needing just three outs to become the first non-American team to win the World Series.

Once again the Blue Jays turned to Tom Henke, who was looking for his third save of the World Series. Going into the inning the Blue Jays' bullpen had neither blown a save nor given up an earned run in the entire 1992 postseason. This, however, would change. Blauser led off the Braves' ninth inning with a single, and moved to second base after a sacrifice bunt by Damon Berryhill. Lonnie Smith came up next as a pinch hitter for Mark Lemke. Henke, after being ahead of Smith 0–2, walked him to bring up Francisco Cabrera, the hero of the NLCS just a week prior. Cabrera hit a high line drive to left field, but Maldonado, having misjudged the ball, jumped to catch it just before it went over his head. That left the Braves with one final out to stave off elimination, with Otis Nixon batting. Henke got two early strikes on Nixon, but on the next pitch Nixon slapped a hit to left field which scored Blauser, as Maldonado unleashed a wild throw from left that sailed over the backstop behind home plate, tied the game, and ended the Toronto bullpen save and scoreless streaks. Henke managed to escape further damage as Ron Gant flew out to Devon White in center field, but the game was now tied and headed for extra innings.

Charlie Leibrandt took the mound for the Braves in the top of the tenth and held them scoreless. The Braves could not capitalize in the bottom half, as Henke and Game 4 winner Jimmy Key combined to shut them out. That set the stage for the eleventh inning. Leibrandt got the first out by retiring Key but allowed the next two runners to reach base, hitting White and allowing a single to Alomar. Jeff Reardon had been warming up in the bullpen for the Braves and CBS' Tim McCarver wondered aloud if Bobby Cox would go to Reardon to replace Leibrandt with Joe Carter coming up to the plate. Perhaps remembering Reardon's performances earlier in the Series, Cox stuck with Leibrandt and he recorded the second out by flying out to shallow center.

Needing only one out to give the Braves a chance to break the tie in the bottom of the eleventh, Leibrandt's next batter was Winfield. To that point Winfield had not been hitting well, struggling throughout the series as well as in Game 6 having been retired in four previous at bats. Winfield had also not gotten a postseason extra base hit, dating back to his previous postseason experience with the New York Yankees in 1981. After working the count full Winfield drove the ball down the left field line for a double, scoring both White and Alomar, and the Blue Jays regained the lead at 4–2. It was the second consecutive year that Leibrandt had given up the go-ahead run in Game 6 of the World Series, as he gave up a game-winning walk-off home run to Minnesota's Kirby Puckett in the eleventh inning of Game 6 in 1991.

The Braves started off the bottom of the eleventh with Blauser singling to left field off Key, just as he started off the bottom of the ninth inning against Henke, then advanced to third after Berryhill reached on an error as Alfredo Griffin, normally sure-handed at shortstop, misplayed a ground ball that took a bad hop at the last second. With Blauser now at third and pinch runner John Smoltz at first, Rafael Belliard bunted to move Smoltz to second. With one out and the tying runs now in scoring position, Key forced Brian Hunter to ground to first. Although Blauser scored on the play and Smoltz was now on third, the Braves were again down to their final out.

With Nixon coming up to the plate representing the potential winning run, Cito Gaston elected to make a pitching change as it was believed that Nixon, despite there being two outs, would attempt to get on base by bunting to take advantage of his speed. Mike Timlin, who had only pitched once in the Series to that point, entered the game to try and get the final out and earn a save. After fouling off Timlin's first pitch, Nixon did indeed lay down a bunt. Timlin, who said that Carter had warned him prior to returning to his position of the bunt possibility, fielded the ball cleanly and threw it to Carter to retire Nixon and win the World Series for the Blue Jays.[8 ] Carter initially looked to keep the ball but gave it up to Timlin who pleaded to Carter for the ball saying it was "[his] World Series save." Carter would eventually have possession of the game-winning ball of the 1993 World Series: his Series-ending home run ball.

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston became the first African American manager to win a World Series.

American League president Dr. Bobby Brown presented the World Series Trophy in the place of the commissioner. Just a month earlier, Fay Vincent was forced to resign and was replaced by Bud Selig (then owner of the Milwaukee Brewers) on what was originally perceived to be an "interim basis." Dr. Brown also presented the Blue Jays the trophy in 1993.

Composite box

1992 World Series (4–2): Toronto Blue Jays (A.L.) over Atlanta Braves (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 1 1 1 4 2 0 1 2 3 0 2 17 45 4
Atlanta Braves 1 1 1 2 7 4 0 2 1 0 1 20 44 2
Total attendance: 311,460   Average attendance: 51,910
Winning player’s share: $144,962   Losing player’s share: $84,259[9]


  • At 41 years of age, Dave Winfield became the oldest player to hit an extra base hit in the World Series.[10]


At 30 years of age, CBS' Sean McDonough became the youngest man to call all nine innings and games of a World Series (while serving as a full network television employee). Although Vin Scully and Al Michaels were several years younger when they called their first World Series, they were products of the then broadcasting policy of announcers representing the participating teams (a process that ended following the 1976 World Series). McDonough's record would subsequently be broken by Fox's Joe Buck, who at 27 years of age, called the 1996 World Series. Ironically, McDonough replaced Joe Buck's father, Jack, as CBS' lead play-by-play man.

Serving as field reporters for CBS' coverage were Jim Kaat (in the Braves' dugout) and Lesley Visser (in the Blue Jays' dugout).

Series quotes

The pitch...breaking ball, swung on and lifted high and deep to right field, Winfield looks up, this ball is gone! A three-run homer for Damon Berryhill! Three-to-one Atlanta!
Atlanta Braves announcer Don Sutton calling Damon Berryhill's three-run home run off Jack Morris in Game 1.
Well hit to centerfield. Devon White...racing back to the warning track...great catch up against the wall! And the runners passed each other. Pendleton went by Sanders. He has already been called out. Now they have Sanders in a rundown with a chance for a triple play! Gruber did not get him! Sanders made it back to second. Gruber, insisting to Bob Davidson that he made the tag, but the Umpire does not agree and they came within inches of a triple play.
CBS Sports' Sean McDonough calling Devon White's catch off David Justice's deep drive to center field in Game 3.
Carter to the wall...grand slam Lonnie Smith!
Sean McDonough calling Lonnie Smith's grand slam off Jack Morris in Game 5.
Slapped to the left side, a hit! Blauser being waved in...Maldonado's throw is over everything! It's a tie ballgame!
McDonough calling Otis Nixon's hit to tie Game 6 in the bottom of the ninth.
The stretch and the 0–2 pitch...here it is...swung ground ball...base hit left field! Blauser around third, Maldonado's throw...terrible throw, wild throw! Lonnie Smith is at third; he'll stay there! The Braves have tied the game! Unbelievable!
Atlanta Braves announcers Skip Caray and Don Sutton calling Otis Nixon's hit to tie Game 6 in the bottom of the ninth.
Timlin...Nixon bunts, Timlin on it, throws to first...for the first time in history, the World Championship banner will fly north of the border! The Toronto Blue Jays are baseball's best in 1992!
McDonough calling the final play of the Series.
Nixon gets the bunt down the first base line, picked up by Timlin, throws to first, in time! And the Toronto Blue Jays have held on to defeat the Atlanta Braves and become World Champions...of 1992.
Atlanta Braves announcer Pete Van Wieren calling the final play of the series.
Timlin to the belt, pitch on the way, and there's a bunted ball, first base side Timlin, to Carter, and the Blue Jays win it! The Blue Jays win it! The Blue Jays are World Series champions! They come pouring out of the dugout, and they are mobbing Carter...
Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek calling the final play of the series.


  1. ^ "1992 World Series Game 1 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10170ATL1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  2. ^ "1992 World Series Game 2 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10180ATL1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  3. ^ "1992 World Series Game 3 - Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10200TOR1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  4. ^ "1992 World Series Game 4 - Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10210TOR1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  5. ^ "1992 World Series Game 5 - Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10220TOR1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  6. ^ "1992 World Series Game 6 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1992/B10240ATL1992.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  7. ^ "Canada / Baseball World Series / Flag NBC News broadcast from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive". Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.webcitation.org/5h6q6JauA. Retrieved 2009-05-25.  
  8. ^ a b c Major League Baseball Presents: 1992 World Series. Dir. Mike Kostel, Rich Domich. Perf. Len Carlou, Tim McCarver, Sean McDonough. Videocasette, DVD. Major League Baseball Productions, QVideo, 1992, 2002.
  9. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  
  10. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.367, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0


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