Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Series Win Gives Atlanta A Braves New World City Celebrates and Prepares for '96 Olympic Games

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Series Win Gives Atlanta A Braves New World City Celebrates and Prepares for '96 Olympic Games

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They danced in the streets, they set off fireworks in the cool night air, and they partied until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Atlantans are in a giddy mood.

The Atlanta Braves' capture of the World Series title against the Cleveland Indians Saturday, by a 4-to-2 game margin, finally ends the heartbreak and misery the city has endured for years with its professional sports teams. In a combined 84 seasons the Braves, the Falcons football team, and Hawks basketball team had never before won a world championship.

Indeed, before the 1990s the Braves were perennial losers. Back then, team owner Ted Turner went to great lengths to hawk tickets, including once driving an ostrich-powered chariot to a crash in the visitors' dugout. The team has not won a championship since 1957. Even in this decade, many people wondered if the team, which came close to clinching the World Series in both 1991 and '92, come up short again, suffering the fate of the Buffalo Bills, which lost four straight Superbowls.

But with the dry spell ended, the win is another boost to the city. It appears the capital of the New South is on a roll.

In 1990, Atlanta was chosen to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and preparations are in full swing. The city is putting the finishing touches on new sports venues and other buildings to fulfill its hosting duties. Last week, Fortune magazine ranked Atlanta as No. 2 in the United States as the best city to do business; the city ranked seventh on the global list. And Atlanta continues to enjoy one of the highest growth rates in the country, as new businesses and people move here.

"This win is just an appetizer for what's ahead!" one fan shouted on a local TV station in the excitement after the game. Today, the Braves' players will ride on fire trucks in a parade downtown.

Atlanta's World Series win serves to confirm one of the oldest axioms in baseball - good pitching beats good hitting.

The Cleveland Indians had the best-hitting team in the major leagues during the regular season, averaging nearly six runs per game with its . …

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