The 1991 baseball season was a historic one. It’s remembered for an epic World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. It was one of the great Fall Classics of all time and not settled into extra innings of Game 7. What’s more, it capped off a season where both the Twins and Braves went worst-to-first in their divisions.
That was the memorable highlight, but the 1991 season had so much more…
*The Pittsburgh Pirates had a dominant season, blowing away an NL East race that included Joe Torre’s St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates had the best record in baseball and looked like the team to beat before the Cinderella story from Atlanta derailed them in a seven-game NLCS that was awfully good in its own right.
*The Los Angeles Dodgers spent much of the season looking ready to return to the top of the NL West before Atlanta came surging down the stretch and nipped the Dodgers. The Dodgers-Braves race was easily the hottest in all of baseball in 1991.
*The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox continued their pattern of trading off the AL East title. The Red Sox won in 1988 and 1990. The Blue Jays won in 1989. It was Toronto’s turn in 1991 and they held off a furious late summer charge from Boston to return to the ALCS.
*And no division was better than the AL West. The Twins broke it open and denied fans a dramatic September. But the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers were good teams that were playoff-caliber by the standards of today. The Oakland A’s, even though they fell from grace after winning three straight American League pennants, also stayed in the mix.
You can read all about 10 of these teams at the articles below. Read about their key players and the important moments that swung their seasons in the direction that history remembers. Then you can go in and read game-by-game narratives of how the ALCS, NLCS and World Series all unfolded. Taken collectively, these 13 articles are a great way to recapture that special 1991 baseball season through the eyes of its most consequential teams.