My last installment of "overrated and underrated MLB moments" was pretty popular, so here's another one. I was looking through The Baseball Book by SI (btw the greatest book I own) and I came across an article about the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. Now the moment I am referring to is NOT Kirby Puckett's series-extending home run in Game 6. "We'll see you tomorrow night." You know, all that jazz. No, the moment I'm talking about would be the next night. Jack Morris took the mound for the Twins, and delivered the most impressive pitching performance in baseball history. A ten-inning, 1-0 shutout victory to win the series for the Twins.
Many of you are going to say that Don Larson's perfect game is more impressive. Many of you are probably right. But Morris's gem ranks at least equal to Larson's for one reason: Game Seven. Morris had the guts to go out there and hold the powerful Braves lineup without a run for not nine, but ten full innings before pinch hitter Gene Larkin singled in Dan Gladden to end what is one of the greatest World Series games ever, to end what is one of the greatest World Series's ever.
Why don't we hear about this game and performance more often? I truly don't have a clue. Maybe it was overshadowed by Puckett's dramatic home run the night before. Maybe because it occured in small-market Minnesota, against large-market Atlanta. Whatever the reason, this unbelievable performance deserves to be mentioned as one of the single greatest pitching performances of all time, and perhaps the most clutch.