Down to the Last Pitch

How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time


By Tim Wendel

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Never in baseball history had a team ranked last rebounded to take the pennant the following season. Yet in 1991 lightning struck twice as the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves, a pair of cellar dwellers the year before, faced each other in an unforgettable World Series. When the final out was recorded, the cover headline in Baseball Weekly read: “Best World Series Ever.”


  • “The most underrated great World Series is finally getting its due…brilliantly [brought] to life by Tim Wendel.”—Claire Smith, award-winning ESPN news editor

    “Just when you think you've seen everything, read everything, along comes a book and an author in whose gifted hands the past comes alive and makes you believe in miracles all over again.”—Jane Leavy, author of The Last Boy

    "Tim Wendel, a great baseball writer and historian, relives the only time that two last-place teams rebounded the next year to play for the championship."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

    "The reader is in for a treat. Down to the Last Pitch is Wendel at his best."—Tampa Tribune

    "[A] classic tale of an authentic Fall Classic"—Charleston Post and Courier

    “This is a winner.”—San Francisco Book Review

    Hudson Valley News, 6/29/15
    “A fine new book…for the baseball fan.”

On Sale
Mar 31, 2015
Page Count
304 pages
Da Capo Press

Tim Wendel

About the Author

Tim Wendel was a founding editor of USA Today‘s Baseball Weekly and is the award-winning and highly acclaimed author of eleven books, including Summer of .68. He has served as exhibit adviser to the Baseball Hall of Fame and has been a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University. He lives near Washington, DC.

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