This Date In Royals History – October 11, 1985
Though George Brett’s seminal moment was covered on October 10th, it was twenty-four years ago on this date which in my mind – and I know in many others – was his single greatest performance. Royals Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews rightly calls it the single most important game in Royals History.
It was Friday, October 11, 1985 at Royals Stadium – Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City was down two games to none. Luckily this was the first season with best of seven LCS play or the hole might have already been too big for the Royals. But for all intents and purposes this was an absolute ‘must win’ if there ever was one. Here was George’s night:
Bottom of the First (Score: Blue Jays 0, Royals 0)
· Two-out bases empty HR to RF seats
Top of the Third (Score: Blue Jays 0, Royals 1)
· Cuts down tying run at the plate with great defensive play
Bottom of the Fourth (Score: Blue Jays 0, Royals 1)
· Lead off double high against the RF wall – scores on Sac Fly by Frank White
I think it was somewhere around this time in the game’s radio broadcast that Denny Matthews asked, “What more can he do?” Well Denny, there was more to come…
Bottom of the Sixth (Score: Blue Jays 5, Royals 3)
· Two-run HR over wall in left-centerfield
Bottom of the Eighth (Score: Blue Jays 5, Royals 5)
· Leads off with single into RF – scores two-out RBI Single by Steve Balboni
Top of the Ninth (Score: Blue Jays 5, Royals 6)
· Records final out of the game catching foul pop off bat of Lloyd Moseby
Wow…not much more to write than that…just wow.
Just A Bit More: This is the game that finally got Dick Howser into the win column in the postseason. After catching the last out and getting a huge hug from Frank White, George sought Dick out and gave him the ball. If you ever get to see that footage you can see how important that moment was for George. You can nearly read his lips as he hands the baseball to his friend and manager “This one is for you – you deserve it.”
There was so much still to come in that magical October of 1985, but it probably would have ended earlier and in much heartache without George’s best game ever.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)