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This Date In Royals History–July 30, 1989

1989: Danny Tartabull’s eighth-inning single put the Royals on top for the first time in the game, as they completed a 7-6 comeback win over the Orioles at Royals Stadium. The Royals had twice overcome two-run deficits but entered the eighth inning trailing 6-5. Pat Tabler led off with a walk against Orioles closer Gregg Olson. One out later, Willie Wilson also drew a walk. Kevin Seitzer singled to load the ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of the Card–John Wathan, 1982

“Baseball lifer” sounds like a great gig, doesn’t it? To be good enough to play baseball, even if it’s just in the minors, and then spend your post-playing days as a coach or scout (or both) seems like a wonderful way to make a living. Sure, there’s a lot of travel, and it really doesn’t pay all that well, I suspect, but if you love baseball, I’d think it would be preferable to sitting behind a desk. The Ro ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 29, 2000

2000: Two solo home runs were all Tampa Bay needed to defeat the Royals 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium. Royals starter Mac Suzuki pitched eight strong innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out eight. But John Flaherty homered with two outs and no on one in the seventh to break a scoreless tie, and Greg Vaughn homered with two outs in the eighth to give the Devil Rays a 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 27, 1994

1994: A three-run eighth inning propelled the Royals to a 4-1 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. After the teams traded single runs in the seventh inning, the Royals mounted the winning rally against reliever Kirk McCaskill. Jose Lind led off with a double. Brian McRae singled to short right field, moving Lind to third. Dave Henderson’s ground ball to shortstop resulted in Lind being caught in a ru ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 26, 1974

1974: The Royals scored three runs in the top of the ninth for a comeback 3-2 win over California at the Angels’ home park, Anaheim Stadium. Kansas City entered the top of the ninth down 1-0. Richie Scheinblum and Jim Wohlford started the inning with singles. Kurt Bevacqua’s sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a bunt single, loading the bases. George Brett singled to right, scoring pinch-runner Frank White a ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 25, 1983

1983: John Wathan and Frank White each collected three hits as the Royals defeated the Indians 6-1 at Royals Stadium. Wathan started the scoring with a single and stolen base in the first inning. He scored on Hal McRae’s one-out double. White started a rally in the second inning with a leadoff single. Leon Roberts doubled to drive him in. Don Slaught’s infield single advanced Roberts to third and he scored ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 24, 1978

1978: Dennis Leonard pitched a complete game and a four-run seventh inning gave the Royals a 5-2 win over the Yankees at Royals Stadium. Leonard allowed eight hits (seven singles) and one walk while striking out six. But the Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the second. With one out, Graig Nettles walked. Gary Thomasson singled, and Roy White singled for the first run. Mike Heath’s groundout brought in the second ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 23, 2011

2011: The Royals scored one run in the ninth to tie the game, then won it with a run in the bottom of the 10th, defeating Tampa Bay 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium. Facing Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth, Chris Getz walked with one out. Alcides Escobar grounded into a force out, but Alex Gordon slammed a double into right-center and Escobar sped around the bases with the tying run. Aaron Crow, who had pi ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1990 Royals

1990 Season Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $11.00 Field Box $10.00 Plaza Reserved $8.00 View Level Box 8.00 View Level Reserved $7.00 General Admission $4.00 Other items Gallon of gas $1.08 First class postage stamp $0.25 Median household income $14,777 To me, 1990 was the year the Royals franchise changed from one of MLB’s glamor teams to just another franchise. Some of the actions the Royals took ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 22, 1996

1996: Tim Belcher worked a complete game and Bip Roberts drove in the go-ahead run as the Royals defeated the Red Sox 5-2 at Fenway Park in Boston. Belcher earned his ninth win of the season by holding the Red Sox to six hits and one walk while striking out four. Boston’s runs came in the fourth, when John Valentin walked with one out ahead of Mo Vaughn’s home run to left-center, which gave the Red Sox a 2- ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 21, 1988

1988: The Royals scored one run in the eighth and three in the ninth for a thrilling 6-5 comeback win over the Yankees at Royals Stadium. Trailing 5-2 in the eighth, the Royals got a little closer when Kurt Stillwell homered off Yankees reliever Tim Stoddard with one out. The winning rally started with one out in the ninth, when Frank White singled. One out later, Bill Buckner doubled to score White. Reliev ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 20, 1971

1971: Dick Drago pitched a complete game five-hitter and the Royals rode a four-run outburst to a 7-1 win over the Orioles at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Drago earned his 11th win of the season by limiting Baltimore to five hits and five walks while striking out six. The only run he allowed came on an Elrod Hendricks home run leading off the fifth. The Royals grabbed an early lead, scoring one run in ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 19, 2005

Zack Greinke pitched a gem and the Royals’ offense backed him with a pair of two-run innings as Kansas City shut out the Indians 4-0 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. Greinke tossed seven shutout innings, limiting the Indians to just four singles and a walk. He recorded four strikeouts as he picked up his third win of the season. After working around two one-out singles in the first inning, he retired 16 of the ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 18, 1999

1999: Tim Spehr’s three-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be the biggest blow of the game, as the Royals withstood a ninth-inning rally to take a 6-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. With the Royals holding a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Mike Sweeney laced a one-out double off Cubs starter Kevin Tapani. After a Jermaine Dye groundout, the Cubs intentionally walked Joe Randa to face Spehr, w ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 13, 1990

1990: Mike Macfarlane’s two-run single in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Royals on to a 5-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. With two outs in the sixth, Jim Eisenreich singled and stole second. Willie Wilson followed with a walk, and a wild pitch moved the runners up. Macfarlane followed with a line drive single into center off Red Sox starter Mike Boddicker. Both runners scored and th ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 12, 1969

1969: Jim Rooker earned his first major league win in style, pitching a complete-game shutout and holding the White Sox to three hits in a 7-0 trouncing at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Rooker had lost his first six decisions of the year and entered the game with an ERA of 6.94 (he would finish the season with a 3.75 mark), but he had no problems shutting down Chicago. He yielded just three singles and ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 11, 1985

1985: George Brett’s home run in the first inning was the only run of the game as Danny Jackson pitched magnificently, and the Royals took a 1-0 victory over the Indians at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Brett homered off Indians starter Vern Ruhle with two outs in the first. Ruhle pitched a complete game, holding the Royals to five hits and a walk while striking out four. Jackson also pitched a complete g ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 10, 1988

1988: Willie Wilson had four hits, and the Royals scored single runs in five different innings to outlast the Yankees 5-3 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wilson led off with a single, took second on a one-out walk by George Brett, stole third and scored on catcher Don Slaught’s throwing error. Kansas City scored again in the third, using three straight one-out sin ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 9, 1976

1976: Three fourth-inning singles gave the Royals the game’s only run in a pitchers’ duel between Dennis Leonard and Detroit’s Mark Fidrych, as Kansas City took a 1-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Both pitchers worked a complete game. Leonard picked up his ninth win of the season by limiting the Tigers to four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out eight. Fidrych allowed nine hits, but the Royals grounded ...

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This Date In Royals History–July 8, 1999

1999: The Royals took the lead in the top of the ninth, but a walk and an error wound up costing them the game in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Trailing 4-3 and facing White Sox reliever Keith Foulke in the ninth, the Royals rallied. Jed Hansen led off with a single. But Scott Pose popped up trying to bunt and Rey Sanchez struck out. Carlos Beltran rescued his team by homering to ...

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