On this day 25 years ago, the Braves held the division lead for the first time since April 8, 1989, when they were 3-1. They’d win only 60 more games that year. It had been eight years since the Braves were in first place after the All-Star Break. Just seven weeks earlier, they trailed the Dodgers by 9-1/2 games.
Fitting that Tom Glavine was on the mound when the Braves finally caught, and passed, the Dodgers. He went the distance, as he did 8 other times in ’91. Beyond another stellar outing, which dropped his ERA to 2.14, Glavine also drove in the winning run with a single in the 5th off Frank Viola.
A week later, the Braves slipped back to second. Five days after that, they retook the lead. The division lead would change seven more times.