Thirty years ago today George Brett was called out for having too much pine tar on his bat. True story.
In the top of the 9th at Yankee Stadium down 4-3, future Hall of Famer Brett came to the plate against Goose Gossage (another future HOFer). With Claudell Washington on first, Brett homered to right giving the Royals a 5-4 lead.
But Yankee manager Billy Martin came out to protest that Brett’s bat had too much pine tar. After the umpires checked they determined that it was in fact in violation of the rules. Home plate umpire Tim McClellan called Brett out….and then Brett reacted.
Jump to 1:29 in the video. Do it.
The game was protested by the Royals and AL president (each league had its own president in ‘83) Lee MacPhail (HOF 1998) ruled in Kansas City’s favor and ruled that the homer counted and the rest of the game had to be finished. On August 18 the game was re-started in the top of the 9th (with Don Mattingly at second base and Ron Guidry in centerfield). The Yankees tried to say that Brett never touched first or second but a notarized letter was produced stating that he had.
Former broadcaster Fred White succumbed Wednesday to complications from melanoma. His death came one day after he officially retired from the Royals following a 40-year association with the club. He was 76.
White was lead broadcaster in the TV booth from 1973 until 1998.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Several sources say that Dearborn, Missouri man Mark Hill used Kansas City Royals baseball player’s numbers to pick his winning [Powerball] ticket. Many of the players are in the hall of fame. Bo Jackson is not in the baseball hall of fame but many Royals fans think he should be.
Players & Numbers used for winning lotto ticket:
#5 George Brett #23 Mark Gubizca #16 Bo Jackson #22 Dennis Leonard #29 Dan Quisenberry #6 Willie Wilson