On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay, Joe Carter became the first player in Major League Baseball to hit a walk off run to end the World Series.
Carter approached the plate with one out and two on base in the bottom of the ninth. The Blue Jays trailed 6-5 and after swinging at ball three the count was 2-2. His home run gave the Blue Jay’s a 8-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and the series four games to two.
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Carter’s was chosen by the Chicago Cubs as the second pick of the 1981 amateur draft. He went on to play for the Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres before taking a spot on the Blue Jays roster. He left baseball following the ’98 season.
The Blue Jays went to the post season and took Carter with in 1991, 92 and 93. He participated in five All-Star games and was on the ballot to be admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 but did not get the votes he needed to join the greatest names in baseball.
“I was having a bad (1993 World) Series at the plate. Just awful. All I was looking for was a pitch to put into to play. Get a good look at it and take an ugly swing. I never, ever thought that ball I hit would leave the park. It was a moment and a swing that will be with me forever .” – Joe Carter
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