Starting Nine: Ten Zeroes
On Oct. 27, 1991, the Minnesota Twins’ Jack Morris took the mound at the Metrodome in Minneapolis for Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.
The result would be one of the greatest performances in World Series history.
But after reliever Mike Stanton intentionally walked Kirby Puckett and load the bases, Hrbek, lined out to Lemke at second base, starting a double play as Knoblauch was doubled off to retire the side.
Neither team posed much of a threat in the ninth, although Minnesota had two on with no outs before Atlanta turned a double play. After nine full innings, Kelly told Morris he was going to take him out, but after a dugout conference the decision was made to leave the 36-year-old workhorse on the mound.
“I want to know one thing: Who was going to take (Morris) out of this game? Who would have had the courage to say ‘Jack, you’re done’,” Twins outfielder Randy Bush asked Sports Illustrated. “I don’t think anyone would have done it. If it was (Tom Kelly), Jack would have punched him, kicked him – he might have killed him.”
Morris retired the Braves in order in the top of 10th, and in the bottom of the inning Atlanta hurler Alejandro Pena allowed a leadoff double to Gladden. Knoblauch bunted Gladden to third and the Braves chose to walk Puckett and Hrbek intentionally to load the bases with one out.
Gene Larkin would step in as a pinch-hitter and hit the first pitch he saw to left field for a World Series-winning single, as the Twins won their second championship in four years.
Morris’ pitching line for Game 7: 10 innings, seven hits, no runs, two walks, eight strikeouts and 122 pitches. A ball from the game – later signed by Morris – is on display in the Hall of Fame’s Whole New Ballgame exhibit.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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