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1995 Braves: How Leo Mazzone became baseball’s best pitching coach

Editor’s note: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will spend the year looking back at the 25th anniversary of the 1995 World Series champion Atlanta Braves. In a season-long series that will run through October, we will capture all the key moments and hear from the participants as they share their memories. Today’s installment focuses on Leo Mazzone, the pitching coach of the ‘95 championship team.

Leo Mazzone is revered as one of baseball’s great pitching sages because of the many nights he spent barbecuing ribs, smacking on cornbread and sipping vodka in Johnny Sain’s RV.