Braves' 30-year TBS great moments

Braves' 30-year TBS great moments

Aug. 1, 1978 -- Gene Garber ends Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak. With the Braves holding a 16-4 lead, Garber completed a perfect ninth with a game-ending strikeout of Rose, who had his eyes set on Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak.

April 21, 1982 -- Braves' 13-game winning streak to start the 1982 season. This streak truly put TBS' affiliation with the Braves on the map. Claudell Washington's two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning ended this 4-3 win over the Reds and further fueled an excitement that propelled the Braves to their first division title since 1969.

July 4, 1985 -- Braves-Mets July 4th marathon game (fireworks at 4 a.m. ET). Rick Camp kept the Braves alive with his two-out 18th-inning homer and then allowed the Mets to end this marathon contest with five runs in the 19th inning. After this twice rain-delayed game concluded at 3:55 a.m. ET, some Atlanta citizens were awoke by the Independence Day fireworks display.

July 6, 1986 -- Bob Horner's four-homer game against the Expos. With two outs in the ninth inning, Horner became one of 15 Major League players who have homered four times in a game. The big first baseman had three solo shots, plus a three-run fifth-inning homer.

October 1, 1991 -- David Justice homers off Rob Dibble to complete a great comeback. Down, 6-0, to the Reds in the first inning, the Braves completed their dramatic comeback with Justice's two-run ninth-inning homer off Dibble. Five days later, when the Braves secured the first of 14 consecutive division titles with a one-game advantage over the Dodgers, this homer would serve as the centerpiece of the magical worst-to-first season.

July 25, 1992 -- Otis Nixon's catch off Andy Van Slyke. Now known simply as "The Catch," this moment came when Nixon climbed the right-center-field wall and miraculously robbed Andy Van Slyke of what would have been a game-tying homer in the Braves' 1-0 win over the Pirates.

July 20, 1993 -- Fred McGriff homers in first game in Atlanta (Fire in press box). Once the pregame fire in the press box was extinguished, McGriff ignited Braves fans with his sixth-inning two-run homer. The 8-5 win over the Cardinals marked the beginning of a tremendous run, during which the Braves would erase the nine-game division deficit they faced against the Giants.

Sept. 24, 2004 -- Braves clinch their 13th straight division title. With a three-run eighth that was capped by Marcus Giles' two-run single, the Braves captured their 13th consecutive division title in dramatic fashion. Fittingly, the 8-7 comeback win over the Marlins would be saved by closer John Smoltz, who is the only player who was a part of the organization throughout a run that would include 14 consecutive division titles.

July 7, 2005 -- Jeff Francoeur gets first hit, a homer, in Major League debut. Francoeur certainly didn't disappoint during his much-anticipated Major League debut. Starting in right field during the second game of a doubleheader against the Cubs, the 21-year-old local legend's first homer came in the eighth inning with his childhood friend, Brian McCann, on base.

May 24, 2007 -- Smoltz's 200th win. No two pitchers have appeared on TBS more often than Tom Glavine and Smoltz. Thus it only added to the moment to see Smoltz claim his 200th career win at the expense of his longtime friend Glavine in a 2-1 Braves win over the Mets. The milestone was reached with seven scoreless innings from Smoltz.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.