Yearbook, July 24: The pine tar incident

July, 24, 2012
George BrettBruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images
July 24, 1983: Pine tar. In pockets, it's synonymous with former Kansas City Royals great George Brett, whose ninth-inning, go-ahead home run against the New York Yankees was erased when New York Manager Billy Martin pointed out to home plate umpire Tim McLelland that the amount of the substance on Brett's bat handle exceeded the allowed limit. Brett went nuts, the Royals appealed, the game was replayed ... and K.C. gave out commemorative souvenirs almost 30 years later.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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