The Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals met in the 1985 World Series. The Royals lost the first two games at home before the series traveled to St. Louis. Game 3 went to the Royals, but they lost again in Game 4. A Royals victory in Game 5 brought the series back to Kansas City.
The series is perhaps best known for first base umpire Don Denkinger’s controversial call in the ninth inning of Game 6. The Royals trailed 1-0 and were down to their last three outs. Lead-off hitter Jorge Orta hit a ground ball into the infield and in a race to first, was called safe by Denkinger. A television replay clearly showed that Orta was out. The play started a Royals rally, though the Cardinals got Orta out later as he advanced to third base. The Royals loaded the bases and pinch hitter Dane Iorg drove in two runs, forcing a decisive Game 7 the following night. That game featured little of the previous night’s drama, as the Royals won their first World Championship with an 11-0 victory.
Categories: Arts & Culture
Subject: Sports; Kansas City Royals; St. Louis Cardinals
Contributing Institution: Private Collector
Region: Kansas City Metro, St. Louis Metro