For Hank Aaron. For Phil Niekro. For Braves Country™. The Atlanta Braves™ are 2021 World Series Champions™, proving that it is anyone's game once the Postseason™ begins by taking down the Houston Astros™ in a six-game Fall Classic™.
About halfway through the regular season, the Braves had a losing record and were dealt a season-ending injury to Ronald Acuna Jr., superstar and NL™ MVP candidate. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos deftly traded for Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall, and Eddie Rosario to help change the course of the season.
Braves lifer and Manager Brian Snitker now had his crew, and the Braves caught fire with a 36-19 (.655) finish to claim the NL™ East Division championship. They then beat the Milwaukee Brewers™ in the NLDS™ and dethroned the Los Angeles Dodgers™ in the NLCS™ to set the matchup with the Astros, a franchise playing in the World Series™ for the third time in five years.
The Braves turned on the power throughout the World Series. Jorge Soler led off Game 1 with a homer and kept hitting his way to the Willie Mays World Series™ MVP Award. Austin Riley emerged as a force, and Ozzie Albies kept the lineup moving while Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall, Travis d'Arnaud, and Atlanta native Dansby Swanson joined in the power display.
The World Series was also the perfect stage to continue Atlanta's rich pitching legacy. Charlie Morton turned in a heroic performance on a broken leg in Game 1. Ian Anderson threw five no-hit innings in Game 3, and Max Fried dominated Game 6 to help clinch the first title of the 21st century for the Braves and the fourth championship in franchise history.
- Season Highlights
- Clinching Moments
- "How They Got There" Featurette