This Date In Royals History – October 27, 1985
Well if you’ve been reading any of these blog entries you know what this date leads us back to in club history. The goal for every Major League team was finally reached by the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City was home to the World Series Champions.
Sunday, October 27, 1985 and the Royals had reached the last possible game – their 176th of the season. The Royals had staved off elimination five times in the postseason to reach the one final winner take all game with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The outcome was actually decided very early when Darryl Motley started the scoring with a two-run HR down the left field line in the second inning. Motley had actually just missed a home run with his previous swing. He then went back to the dugout for another bat, believing the first had been slightly cracked and hit another fair on the next pitch. ABC Broadcaster Al Michaels joked that he had to go back and retrieve his ‘fair’ bat from the bat rack. From there the Royals piled on the runs with three more in the third and six more in the fifth to make it decisive.
Eventual World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen turned in another complete game masterpiece allowing only five hits – all singles. The game was never in doubt after the second inning and Kansas City had nearly a full game to celebrate before Andy Van Slyke flied out to Darryl Motley to make it official.
The comeback was complete and the World Series trophy came to rest in Kansas City.
Just A Bit More: Once the game was out of hand the Royals decided to have a pool for whoever recorded the game’s final out. You can see Willie Wilson nearly try to call off right fielder Darryl Motley on the last out for just that reason. If you look at the video before the final out sequence you can also see George Brett tell Bret Saberhagen to not run too far from the mound after Van Slyke makes an out because he wanted to be the first to congratulate him at the mound. Saberhagen got the out and Brett got the hug.
Also check the base of the World Series trophy in the footage and notice its color. That’s right the base was red and not blue. Seems MLB might have thought the Cardinals were going to win the championship as well. The trophy soon had a blue base and still does.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)