And here's No. 1! As in, the number of total runs scored in this duel between two of the most dominating pitchers of the decade. Game 7 was Jack Morris vs. John Smoltz. Morris played the role of wily veteran, while the young Smoltz relied on his arsenal of power pitching to get the job done.
John Smoltz threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, however, the indomitable Morris topped his performance by throwing 126 pitches in a 10-inning shutout of the Braves. Smoltz did not lose the seventh game—he was lifted for a reliever, Mike Stanton, with two outs in the eighth inning. Disgusted, Smoltz flipped the ball to his manager, Bobby Cox, on the mound. A different reliever, Alejandro Pena, lost it in the 10th.
Morris, on the other hand, rebuffed several attempts by manager Tom Kelly to remove him during the game, remaining on the mound from the first pitch to the last.
This game was a purists delight, as each of the game's 275 pitches were bathed in drama. This Game 7 had no errors, two unintentional walks, four double plays and no runs until the very end. Morris' performance epitomized the tenacity with which we all hope to approach every endeavor in our lives; he just did it with millions watching in Game 7 of the World Series.