McKinney: Quick Hitter

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

The Braves and Indians share more than mascots that pay tribute to the noble strength of Native Americans.

These franchises, known for long stretches of futility in their histories, have met twice in World Series play.

Atlanta welcomes Cleveland to Turner Field for a three-game series that runs tonight-Thursday. All three games are set for 7 p.m. starts and will be televised live by SportSouth.

Both teams carry legitimate World Series hopes this season.

Atlanta appears poised to wrap up the NL East title in a couple of weeks, while Cleveland remains a serious AL wild card contender, albeit a longshot to catch Detroit for the AL Central crown.

But let’s look back for a moment.

In 1948, the Indians topped the Boston Braves in six games to secure their second, and to date most recent, world championship.

In 1995, the Braves downed the Tribe in six games for their third World Series title overall, but their only one based in Atlanta.

Will this week’s interleague series in Atlanta prove a 2013 World Series preview?

Doubtful.

But it still promises to showcase some good baseball.

— Mark McKinney

ENTERPRISE SPORTS EDITOR