Six (er, three) degrees of Braves separation
In 1982 Jerry Willard was one of five players, including Julio Franco, traded from Philadelphia for Von Hayes. Score one for Cleveland.
Willard was released by the Indians four years later and bounced around, first to Oakland, then to the White Sox, before landing in Richmond in ’91. When called upon to pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th of Game 4 of the World Series Willard had just four big league hits since 1986.
The journeyman catcher was pinch hitting for another journeyman catcher, Francisco Cabrera, after Tom Kelly replaced Mark Guthrie with another ex-Brave, Steve Bedrosian. On a 1-2 pitch Willard lofted a lazy fly to right, scoring the Lemmer.
The next day the AJC and the paper I worked for at the time, the Gwinnett Daily News, ran the same headline: Remarkable! Sure was.