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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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This Date In Royals History–September 28, 2010

2010: The Royals scored early and often, cruising to a 10-1 win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City scored three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth, all off Twins starter Nick Blackburn. In the first inning, Jarrod Dyson led off with a walk, followed by a Mike Aviles single. With one out, the Royals pulled off a double steal. Kila Ka’aihue launched ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 27, 1974

1974: The Royals scored one run in the bottom of the 11th to tie the score, and then won the game with one run in the 12th, collecting a 5-4 win over Texas at Royals Stadium. The Rangers scored three runs in the second, and the Royals tied it with three runs in the third. After that, the teams remained deadlocked until the 11th. Royals starter Al Fitzmorris, who pitched all 12 innings, allowed a leadoff wal ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 26, 1979

1979: Dennis Leonard pitched a shutout, while Frank White’s hit for the cycle to lead the Royals to a 4-0 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Leonard held California scoreless on just five hits—all singles—and a walk. He struck out eight and did not allow a runner to reach third base. White staked the Royals to a two-run lead in the third inning. Willie Wilson started the inning with a single off Angels ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 25, 1987

1987: The Royals belted three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, leading to a 6-4 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Kansas City came to bat in the fifth trailing 4-1, but quickly turned the game around with the outburst. Facing Twins starter Les Straker, Jamie Quirk led off the inning with a home run. Bill Pecota followed with a single and stolen base, and one out later, scored on a ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 24, 1998

1998: A four-run fifth inning sparked the Royals’ 6-4 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals had collected five hits through four innings against Chicago starter Jaime Navarro, but had been unable to score as they came to the plate in the fifth, trailing 1-0. But Shane Halter led off with a walk and took second on a Tim Spehr sacrifice bunt. Carlos Beltran’s single to right tied the score. T ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 23, 2008

2008: The Royals belted three home runs in the first four innings, then rode Zack Greinke’s seven shutout innings to a 5-0 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. It took just two hitters for the Royals to take the lead, as Mike Aviles homered against Tigers starter Freddy Garcia with one out and no one on in the first inning. The Royals enjoyed a three-run fourth inning. Ryan Shealy started the in ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 22, 1984

1984: Bud Black struck out seven hitters in six innings, while Darryl Motley doubled, tripled, and drove in two runs as the Royals picked up a critical 4-2 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium. Black earned his 17th win of the season by scattering seven hits and a walk in six innings. He allowed two runs, but one was unearned. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second against A’s starter Ray Burris. With one o ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 21, 1971

1971: Dick Drago scattered seven hits in a complete game effort, while Bob Oliver’s three-run home run was the big blow in the Royals’ 6-2 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Through eight innings, Drago allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out three. All four of those hits came with two outs in their respective inning. California only had more than one runner on base in the fourth, when Jim ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

1991: Mike Boddicker and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners while Brian McRae drove in two runs in the Royals’ 3-0 win at the Kingdome in Seattle. Boddicker only allowed two hits and three walks in six innings. Although he only struck out one hitter, he got the Mariners to hit into three double plays. As a result, the Mariners did not have a runner reach third base in the game. McRae gave the ...

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