This Date In Royals History – October 24, 1985
The Cardinals had one shot to end the 1985 World Series on the east side of the show-me state, otherwise to paraphrase Horace Greeley, it would be “Go west, young men” and the series would return to the Royals home turf. Westward ho…
On Thursday, October 24 the Royals just wanted to stay alive in Game Five of the series when they sent left-hander Danny Jackson to the mound and just as he had in the fifth game of the ALCS he was brilliant (Same pitcher; nearly same result). Lonnie Smith and Willie Wilson both singled to start the game. George Brett advanced Smith with fly ball out and Frank White drove him in with a ground ball. The Royals got the jump early.
But the Cardinals came right back in the bottom of the inning with a run on back-to-back two out doubles from Tommy Herr and Jack Clark to tie the game. It was the Cardinals first and last run of the contest. The Royals put three runs on the board in the second, highlighted by a two-out, two run triple off the bat of Willie Wilson and Danny Jackson did the rest.
The Royals won 6-1 with Jackson again going the distance with a complete game five-hitter and the long planned downtown parade in St. Louis instead turned into a parade back up I-70 for Game Six.
Just A Bit More: This game provided one of the most remembered visual images of the entire series when George Brett went sliding into the Royals Dugout for a foul pop in the seventh inning. He was not able to make the play, but as Dick Howser said, Royals hitting coach Lee May made the ‘catch of the night’ when he cushioned Brett’s trajectory into the dugout. Though cushioned is perhaps not the right word, as George explained:
“I didn’t know who it was at the time, but I knew someone had caught me as if I was a bowling ball.”
When he was asked why he would make such a risky play with his team up 4-1; a play which could have taken him out of the game or the World Series itself. George had two thoughts:
“First of all, we’re not the George Brett Royals. We’re the Kansas City Royals. People try to portray us as a one-man team, but we’re not. We’re a 25-man team…Secondly, I play hard. I want to win.”
Sure enough. That’s our George.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)