We often think of baseball in the strict terms of what we see and quantify. Chipper Jones hit 45 homers the year he won the MVP. Greg Maddux had a 1.90 ERA in his first 89 starts with the Braves. When going into the sixth inning with the lead, the 2013 Braves were 66-6, a winning percentage of .917.
Whiten would go on to have probably his best year. Although he only OPSed .746, he belted 25 homers while setting personal records in games played and plate appearances. He received extensive playing time in right field, starting over future Brave and former Falcon, Brian Jordan. Whiten’s biggest day of 1993 came during the second game of a doubleheader in Cincinnati on September 7th. The matchup included two teams finishing up non-contending years. Compare that with the Braves, who won 1-0 to pull to 2.5 games behind the Giants in the last great divisional race before the Wild Card’s introduction the following year. Yet, while something special was happening with the Braves, Whiten took center stage as he homered four times off three pitchers, picking up 12 of his 99 RBIs. Only 16 players in the history of baseball have hit four homeruns in the same game, including Bob Horner, the only Brave on the list. Only two have ever driven in 12 runs in a game. Only one, Whiten, has accomplished both feats.