Images: Volume 1, Week 31

Brett_Dent_Slide_1976For all of George Brett’s fame as one of the greatest hitters of all time, this one image is what I will always remember most about him. The Kansas City Royals were on their way to their first American League West title in 1976. They won their division by only 2.5 games over the Oakland A’s. During that season every game proved critical.

On September 19, 1976, the Royals trailed the Chicago White Sox 5-0 early in the game at Royals Stadium. By the bottom of the eighth inning, Kansas City had clawed their way back to tie the game 5-5. With one out, Brett lined a single to left on one of his classic take the ball the other way strokes. Hal McRae followed with a ground ball setting up a sure inning-ending double play ball. That is until Brett’s hard slide into Bucky Dent at second base prevented a throw to first base to complete the double play.

After a wild pitch, a walk and another wild pitch, Al Cowens singled to drive in McRae with the winning run. Steve Mingori closed out the White Sox in the ninth for the victory.

Consider that Brett ran so hard to second base and began his slide so late that he connected with Dent at the bag and drove him towards left field. When I think of the great Royals teams from 1976 through 1985, that effort epitomized the give-everything attitude that made George Brett and the Royals amazing. Period.

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4 Responses to Images: Volume 1, Week 31

  1. Bill Snead says:

    What a picture to describe how the game used to be played or as Don Drysdale said doing weekend color after Bob Gibson was booooed after throwing at a batters head. That’s the trouble with today’s game. pitchers let batters get too comfortable in the box.

  2. jeffjacobsen says:

    Thanks, Bill. Coming from you, your comments always mean much to me. We need to discuss state of RC when you have some time. How about a dinner for the four of us soon. Give me a call.

  3. Earl Richardson says:

    Makes my old knee sore just looking at it.

  4. jeffjacobsen says:

    Thanks, Earl.

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