The First Real World Series

A dramatic finish brings Atlanta and Toronto to an international finale

BASEBALL NEEDED A LIFT. THE SEASON HAD BEEN ONE long raspy bore, both on the field (with its dearth of thrilling pennant races) and off (with the resignation of contentious commissioner Fay Vincent). But many middling fans think of baseball as the October game. All might be redeemed if the league- championship series could provide an emotional home run.

Even sweeter, for the Atlanta Braves, was a seventh-game, ninth-inning / single by anonymous Francisco Cabrera, the answer to many a bar bet in the next century. Sid Bream chugged toward home plate and slid in under the catcher's tag. In a...

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