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20 Years Ago Today, Toronto Erupted As Their Blue Jays Won The World Series — Again
October 23, 2013
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To judge by the photos in the papers the next day, it was as if Joe Carter had won the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays single-handedly. It almost felt that way: it was the bottom of the ninth inning in game six against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Jays were up three games to two, but the Phillies had a 6–5 lead in the game. Joe Carter, a veteran of the previous year's win against the Atlanta Braves, was at bat, the count was 2–2 and two men were on base. Phillie closer Mitch Williams pitched Carter a cut fastball, Carter swung and the rest was Canadian sports history.

"All I saw was the bank of lights," Carter later said. "I knew I hit it good, but I didn't know if I hit it high enough to get over the fence." He most certainly did, becoming the second player ever to win a World Series with a home run (following the lead of Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski in 1960). 1993 was a high point for Canadian sports: early that year, the Montreal Canadiens had taken home the Stanley Cup. But with his walk-off homer, Joe Carter installed the the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays as the last Canadian team to win a major-league professional sports championship (not including the Grey Cup, which a Canadian team wins each year, of course).

Check out some great shots from that great day in our gallery, above.


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