The Kings of the North
The game’s final out came when Atlanta’s Otis Nixon, batting against Mike Timlin, was thrown out at first base by the pitcher on a drag-bunt-for-a-hit attempt. Timlin had only one save during the regular season.
The Blue Jays followed the same pattern in 1993, though this time the action ended with one of the most dramatic swings of a bat in World Series history. Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams gave up a three-run home run to Carter with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Toronto an 8-6 win in Game 6 and their second consecutive World Series title. Tom Cheek, winner of the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, had the call:
“They haven’t made up the word yet to describe what the feeling is,” said a champagne-soaked Carter in the clubhouse afterwards. “You look up because you want to see the fans and then you want to see your teammates. Most of all, you want to know what your reaction is. Once the ball went over the fence, it was something you couldn’t believe.
“You always hope it’s you in that situation. This is the biggest day in my career. When I hit the ball, it went through the lights so I lost it for a while. I wasn’t sure if it would be out. These are the kind of moments you dream about.”
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum