On This Day In Baseball History: July 24, 1983

George Brett


In a game that has become known simply as “The Pine Tar Game” the Kansas City Royals George Brett hits a two-run homer off of Yankees pitcher Rich Gossage that puts the Royals up 5-4 with two outs in the ninth inning. Yankee’s manager Billy Martin points out that Brett’s bat has more pine tar on it than the 17 inches allowed. After the umpire measure’s the bat against home plate (which is 17 inches wide) Brett is called out. What ensue’s is one of the most famous instances of a player losing control. The Royals protest the game and the AL President overrules the umpires and the game is finished on August 18th.


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