Hall of Justice: David Justice visits Cooperstown
Justice, who once held the major league record with 63 career postseason runs batted in (since surpassed by Bernie Williams and Manny Ramirez), still vividly recalls that night in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 20 years ago, when he helped deliver the Braves’ first and only championship in Atlanta.
“I can take myself right back to that home run – the at-bat, what I was thinking, what pitches I had seen prior to it,” he recalled of the home run off Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Poole in the 6th inning. “Personally, I re-live that memory a lot, because when I run into Braves fans they always want to talk about that home run.”
Along with manager Joe Torre in New York and shortstop Roberto Alomar with the Cleveland Indians, Justice was a teammate to four Hall of Famers from the Braves who have been inducted here in just the last two years. Justice said he has fond memories of all of them, especially Bobby Cox – his “favorite manager of all time” – and Class of 2015 inductee John Smoltz.
Matt Kelly is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum