In Cairo, Georgia, Atlanta Braves’ Sid Bream Tells the Tale of ‘the Slide’ to Grady County Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Grady County Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a fundraising banquet Tuesday evening at the Grady Cultural Center headlined by former Atlanta Braves player Sid Bream.

More than 100 individuals were in attendance to see Bream, who is best known for a game-winning run he scored in the 1992 National League Championship Series popularly known as “The Slide,” which sent the Braves to the World Series.

Bream began the evening by retelling the events of the Braves’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Oct. 14, 1992, which led to the famous play.

“This was the final game of the championship series for the National League,” Bream said. “Whoever won this game went to the World Series.”

Atlanta had led the series 3-1 but Pittsburgh won back-to-back games to force a seventh game. With the Pirates leading 2-0 headed into the bottom of the ninth inning behind pitcher Doug Drabek, Atlanta’s Terry Pendleton hit a double down the right field line.

“That got Fulton County Stadium hopping,” Bream said. “The tomahawk chops started to come out and the chants started to go. It got very, very loud.”

David Justice then hit a hard ground ball toward Pirates second baseman Jose “Chico” Lind, who made just his seventh error of the year, allowing Pendleton to advance to third base.

Bream, who had already hit a double off Drabek earlier in the game, then stepped up to the plate.

“I had every intention of hitting a home run that night to win the ball game right then and there,” Bream told the crowd.

Drabek instead walked Bream, loading the bases.

Pirates manager Jim Leyland then brought in closer Stan Belinda as Ron Gant took his turn at bat.

Gant hit a long fly ball to left field caught by outfielder Barry Bonds, allowing Pendleton to bring the score to 2-1 with one out with Bream and Justice still occupying first and second base.

Belinda then walked Damon Berryhill, leaving the bases loaded once again with Bream on second.

Brian Hunter went out on a pop fly, leaving the Braves no room for error as the Pirates were on the verge of advancing to the World Series.

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Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise