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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Jorge Orta, 1985

It’s funny the way baseball works. A man can play 15 seasons in the majors, collect more than 1,600 hits, post a lifetime batting line of .278/.334/.412, and make two All-Star teams, yet be remembered mostly as the answer to a trivia question. At least for 28 other fanbases. Cardinals fans probably have a different opinion. And Royals fans certainly do. Because there’s nothing trivial about being involved i ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1975 Royals

The 1975 Royals were a team at a crossroads of sorts. They had lots of promising young talent, yet they had been chasing the Oakland A’s since the very beginning of the franchise. The A’s were hated in Kansas City mostly because of Charlie Finley but also because they had fielded miserable teams here, then left for California just before they turned into a powerhouse. Oakland ruled not just the American Lea ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Frank White, 1982

“And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.’”—Mark 6:4 (English Standard Version) I tell you right up front, this is a story without an ending. You’re probably familiar with why this story has no ending. Perhaps now that everyone is in a better mood following the World Series, we can see a happy ending. It would be rich, ...

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Oh, What a Ride It Was.. Building a playoff team

I'm not a writer... In fact, I sometimes have trouble putting my feet on the floor in the morning to start my day and have trouble tying my shoelaces, but I am a die-hard Royals fan. Instead of sitting in the back room working on this website, I decided I needed to finally come out and attempt to put into words the last season of Baseball for my beloved Royals. This was not supposed to be the year that the ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 28, 1996

1996: The Royals ended an era by dealing pitcher Mark Gubicza (and pitcher Mike Bovee) to the California Angels for designated hitter Chili Davis. Gubicza was the last remaining member of the 1985 World Series champions to suit up for the Royals. However, he had struggled in the 1996 season, going 4-12 with a 5.13 ERA in 119 1/3 innings before suffering a broken leg from a Paul Molitor line drive during a J ...

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This Date In Royals History: October 26, 1985

1985: Dane Iorg’s pinch-hit single drove in the winning run as the Royals came from behind for a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Six of the World Series at Royals Stadium. With the Royals trailing 1-0 and facing elimination in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Jorge Orta led off with an infield single that is disputed to this day, as replays showed Orta should have been called out. Steve Balboni, after hitt ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 25, 1972

1972: The Royals have never played a game on this date. But in 1972, Kansas City traded starting pitcher Jim Rooker to Pittsburgh for reliever Gene Garber. The Royals had selected Rooker with the sixth pick in the 1968 expansion draft. The right-hander was part of the rotation for the inaugural 1969 season. Although he posted a discouraging 4-16 record that year, he actually pitched much better, with a 3.75 ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 24, 1985

1985: Danny Jackson’s complete-game five-hitter helped the Royals send the World Series back to Kansas City with a 6-1 victory in Game 5 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Jackson surrendered consecutive doubles to Tom Herr and Jack Clark with two outs in the first, then allowed just three singles and three walks the rest of the way, striking out five in the process. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first agai ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 22, 1985

1985: Bret Saberhagen pitched a gem, and the Royals’ offense backed him up with six runs, including a long home run by Frank White, as the Royals defeated the Cardinals 6-1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Saberhagen worked a complete game, allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The Cardinals’ lone run came in the sixth, on singles by Ozzie Smith, Tom Herr, and Jack Clark. But by then the ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 21, 1980

1980: Steve Carlton handcuffed the Royals, allowing just four hits in seven innings while striking out seven, as the Phillies captured a World Series title by defeating the Royals 4-1 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Phillies won the Series four games to two. It was appropriate that the final game was won by Philadelphia pitching and the bat of Mike Schmidt, who was named the Series MVP after hittin ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 15, 1985

1985: Hal McRae drove in two runs and George Brett homered to lead the Royals past the Blue Jays, 5-3, at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. With the win, the Royals forced a Game Seven in the ALCS. The Royals took advantage of two walks in the first inning to grab the lead. Toronto starter Doyle Alexander walked Willie Wilson and Brett with one out, and McRae’s single scored Wilson. The Blue Jays tied the scor ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 14, 1980

1980: The first World Series game in Royals history started off so well, with the team taking a 4-0 lead after three trips to the plate. But the Phillies exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third and went on to a 7-6 victory at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second against Phillies starter Bob Walk. Darrell Porter led off with a walk and Amos Otis home ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 11, 1985

1985: “The George Brett Game,” it came to be known. It was perhaps the finest single-game performance of the Hall of Famer’s career. And it rescued a Royals team that was almost certainly doomed with a loss. Toronto had won the first two games in the best-of-seven series, so the Royals needed something special as the series shifted to Kansas City. Brett came through with four hits, including two home runs, ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 10, 1976

1976: Paul Splittorff rescued the Royals with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, while Tom Poquette and Buck Martinez each drove in two runs to lead Kansas City to a 7-3 win over the Yankees at Royals Stadium. Splittorff took over for Dennis Leonard, who allowed three runs in just 2 1/3 innings. With the Royals already down one game in the best-of-five series, manager Whitey Herzog had a quick hook. Splitto ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 5, 1977

1977: The Royals put up two runs in each of the first three innings, cruising to a 7-2 win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in New York. Facing Yankees starter Don Gullett, who had gone 14-4 in the regular season, the Royals grabbed the lead two batters into the game. Freddie Patek led off with a walk and Hal McRae hit one out of the deepest part of Yankee Stadium, left-center field, ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 3, 1993

1993: The Royals used a pair of two-run home runs in the late innings to pick up a 4-1 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium in the final game of George Brett’s illustrious career. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Royals starter Kevin Appier and Rangers starter Steve Dreyer. Each pitcher worked eight innings. Appier allowed four hits and a walk while striking out 10. Dreyer allowed five hi ...

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This Date In Royals History–October 2, 1982

1982: The Royals scored two runs in the eighth inning for a comeback 5-4 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. Facing a 4-3 deficit and Oakland reliever Tom Underwood, the Royals fought back. Willie Aikens started the rally with a single to center. Frank White put down a sacrifice bunt that was fumbled by first baseman Mike Davis. White was safe at first while pinch-ru ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Royals’ “Forgotten” Playoff Appearance

Pretty much every Royals fan can recount the team’s playoff appearances, right? There’s the three straight division titles-1976, 1977, and 1978. The World Series appearance in 1980. The little gap before the 1984 division title. And of course the World Series title in 1985. Oh yeah, and 2014. Oh, almost forgot, the 1981 Division Series. Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. The 1981 Royals posted a losing record for ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 30, 1985

1985: The Royals began a crucial series against the Angels with a 3-1 victory at Royals Stadium, as Bret Saberhagen pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead Kansas City into a first-place tie. Saberhagen won his 20th game of the season by striking out 10 Angels. He limited them to four singles and a Doug DeCinces home run, which came in the second inning and gave California a 1-0 lead. The Royals tied th ...

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