22. George Brett Pine Tar Game

The Year: 1983

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Ask a baseball fan what they remember most about George Brett. And most will quickly mention The Gorge Brett Pine Tar Game. It’s his most infamous moment.

During the Royals-Yankees game on July 24, 1983, George Brett hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give Kansas City a 5-4 lead.

However, Yankees manager Billy Martin requested that the umpires inspect Brett’s bat, and the umpires called Brett out for having too much pine tar on his bat.

The ruling gave the Yankees the win and brought Brett charging out of the dugout to protest. The Royals later protested the game, and American League President Lee MacPhail upheld their protest and ordered the game be restarted from the point of Brett’s home run.

The game was restarted on Aug. 18 and officially ended with the Royals winning 5-4.

I hated everyone on the Yankees, I really did. I hated ’em all, back in that era.- George Brett


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