For the first time since 1995, the Atlanta Braves have won the World Series. On Tuesday, the Braves won the 2021 World Series, defeating the Houston Astros 7-0 (box score) in Game 6 to establish a 4-2 lead in the series. The Braves, who won the title in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, were led to victory by an offensive barrage and a masterpiece from left-hander Max Fried.
The Atlanta Braves got out to a huge lead early in the game, courtesy of two multi-run home runs. Jorge Soler launched a three-run home ball in the third inning to put Atlanta ahead early. Soler’s home run traveled 446 feet and had an exit velocity of 109.6 mph, according to Statcast.
Soler, who was voted World Series MVP, entered the game with a 2-0 record in the Fall Classic. In Game 6, he hit the postseason’s loudest home run:
The Braves then added a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a Dansby Swanson home run. Swanson’s exit velocity was not as remarkable as Soler’s, but it did reach 108.8 mph and carried 411 feet, according to Statcast. Later, a Freddie Freeman double gave the Braves an insurmountable 7-0 advantage.
The Long-Awaited and Unbelievable Title
For most of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves were unlikely to qualify for, let alone win, the World Series. The Braves front office was quite active in July, acquiring four outfielders (including Soler and Eddie Rosario) and a variety of other role players to bolster their chances. Those changes, though, were not very good at the time. The Braves began August with a poor losing record and would not earn a share of first place in the National League East until mid-August.
Atlanta Braves with a Great Opportunity
Even after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS, the Atlanta Braves appeared destined to lose to one of the NL West’s powerhouse, either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers won that series, forcing a rematch of the NL Championship Series from the previous season. In contrast to 2020, the Braves built a 3-1 lead and were able to cash in on the opportunity to capture the pennant.
One of the most notable facts in tennis history is that Wimbledon served as a pig farm and military camp during World War II. Since then, the British military’s active-duty members have been part of Wimbledon and acted as stewards. During the two weeks, Navy, Air Force, and Army personals volunteer for the event by helping around. You will find them bringing water, directory visitors, and even taking tickets. But, how did it all start? Read on to find out.
The Uk Braced for War During the 1930s
During the 1930s, there was much tension between Germany and Great Britain. The Germans were all set to run bomb rounds over London. The British knew about the upcoming attacks and made their preparations, including ARP or Air Raid Precautions during early 1935. This was a civil-run service that was later renamed in 1941 as the Civil Defence System.
Wimbledon Complex Becomes More Than a Sports Ground
While the whole country was fighting and preparing for various attacks, the Wimbledon complex came to the rescue of the armed forces. The ARP transformed the grounds into a farm and provided soldiers and civilians all the rations they needed. The complex parking lot into a vegetable field on one side and domestic animal farming on the other side. They had rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens, horses, and even pigs. The courts were left untouched so that they could use it for other purposes.
The Game Went on After Germany’s Defeat
Germany finally surrendered in 1945, and a month after that, the first tennis competition was played. The respective authorities shortlisted a few players from the armed forces to be part of the tournament, including – Dan Maskell. Although The Germans had damaged the ground due to the war, the initiative attracted close to 5000 spectators.