Cabrera didn’t have much of a career looking at the stats, but he’s a Braves folk hero for two big reasons.
Cabrera is credited with hitting the home run that marked the turning point in the history of the Atlanta Braves. On Wednesday, August 21, 1991, the Braves played the Reds and entered the ninth inning trailing, 9–6. Reds ace reliever Rob Dibble was on the mound with two outs. Cabrera had started the game to give Braves starter Greg Olson a much-needed rest. With two outs, David Justice doubled, and Brian Hunter walked to bring Cabrera to the plate with the tying run. He responded with a three-run homer off Dibble to tie a game the Braves eventually won in 13 innings. The game kept them 2.5 games behind the Dodgers in a race they eventually won by one game. The Braves went 29–12 after Cabrera’s homer and eventually reached the World Series before losing to the Twins in seven games. [Wiki]
And, of course:
Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series. Bottom of the ninth, two outs, bases loaded, Braves trailing Pittsburgh 2-1. “Frankie,” said batting coach Clarence Jones, “get ready to hit.” Cabrera was a 26-year-old nobody—an emergency catcher, a late-season call-up with 10 at bats that season. He pinch-hit for Jeff Reardon. Stan Belinda, the Pirates’ closer, threw a slider. Ball one. A high fastball. Ball two. The next pitch, an inside fastball, was fouled off. Belinda fired another fastball, up and over the plate. Cabrera lined it to left. David Justice scored. A sliding Sid Bream followed. Game over. Series over. Hero born. [Jeff Pearlman, Sports Illustrated, 1998]
Overall, Cabrera only had 374 plate appearances from 1989-93.