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Encyclopedia > 1996 National League Championship Series

The 1996 National League Championship Series matched the Eastern Division Champion Atlanta Braves and the Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves won in seven games, after a stunning comeback down 3 games to 1 in the series. They became only the eighth team in baseball history to complete such a comeback down 3 games to 1. The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934...

MVP - Javier Lopez, Atlanta


Game 1 was played in Atlanta, and the Braves held on to a 4-2 victory, with John Smoltz on the mound. It seemed like Atlanta was going to World Series easy. But, the Cardinals rallied for an 8-3 victory in Atlanta against Greg Maddux to even the Series at 1 game a piece before shifting back to St. Louis. In Game 3 at Busch Stadium, Ron Gant surprised all when he hit a homerun off of Tom Glavine to help the Cards take a 2 games to 1 lead. The Cardinals took Game 4, and all seemed lost for the Braves. However, the Braves bounced back. They crushed the Cardinals 14-0 in Game 5. Atlanta Fulton County Stadium awaited its demolition, but the Series shifted back to Atlanta, allowing one more game in the stadium. The Braves forced Game 7 with a 3 to 1 victory in Atlanta. Game 7 was a blowout, with Atlanta winning 15-0. Javier Lopez was named the MVP because he had a role in each Atlanta victory. In Game 1, he snapped a 2-2 tie with a 2-run homer; in Game 5, he hit a homerun, two doubles, and scored four runs; in Game 6, he singled and scored after being hit by the pitch; and in Game 7, he went two for four with a double, a home run, three RBIs, and scored three runs. Overall, he batted .545 (13 for 24) with eight runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in the Championship Series. The Series is considered one of the hugest upsets in baseball history. John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball player. ... Greg Maddux pitches against the Dodgers as a Chicago Cub Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966 in San Angelo, Texas, USA) is a right-handed baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. ... Busch Stadium in St. ... 1993 Topps stadium club baseball card, featuring Ron Gant Ronald Edwin Gant (born March 2, 1965 in Victoria, Texas) is a former American Major League outfielder and second basemen earlier on, who played for the Atlanta Braves (1987-1993), Cincinnati Reds (1995), St. ... Thomas Michael Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is a Major League Baseball player. ... Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was a baseball and American football stadium that formerly stood in Atlanta, Georgia. ...



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