This Day in Georgia History
September 22, 1996
Braves Clinched 5th Straight Division Championship
An 8-2 victory over the Montreal Expos gave the Atlanta Braves their fifth consecutive division title - the first National League team to accomplish this feat. In fact, only two other teams in the Major Leagues - the New York Yankees and the Oakland A’s - had won five division titles in a row. The win also meant that Braves manager Bobby Cox now joined Casey Stengel as the only two managers in Major League history to have singularly led a team to five consecutive division titles. The game was also significant to pitching ace John Smoltz, who won his 23rd game (tying an Atlanta record for season wins), struck out 10 (setting an Atlanta record for strikeouts in a season), and hit a 3-run home run. Smoltz’s impressive performance helped him subsequently win the Cy Young Award for the 1996 season.