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1985 World Series - Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals

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Kansas City Royals 4
St. Louis Cardinals 3

October 19 - October 27, 1985

The 1985 World Series was nicknamed the "I-70 Showdown Series" as Kansas City and St. Louis are both in Missouri, connected by Interstate 70.

This was the first Series in which all games were played at night and the last (as of 2009) in which the DH was not used at an AL ballpark.

The Cardinals sought their NL-leading tenth Series title, while the Royals aimed to become the first AL expansion team to win the Series.

At Royals Stadium, Cardinals ace John Tudor tossed a 3-1 opening win.

The next day, KC's Charlie Leibrandt carried a 2-0 lead into the ninth. But with two outs, Leibrandt surrendered a bases-loaded double that scored three runs for a 4-2 Cardinals comeback.

The Royals started ace Bret Saberhagen at Busch Memorial Stadium. Though expecting his first child at any minute, Saberhagen pitched a masterful 6-1 triumph. Saberhagen allowed just six hits and struck out eight. Ex-Cardinal Lonnie Smith hit a two run double in the fourth. Frank White added an RBI double and two run blast.

In Game 4, Tudor pitched a five-hit 3-0 victory. Tito Landrum and Willie McGee homered in the second and third respectively. The Royals trailed three games to one in the Series as they did in the ALCS to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Royals' rookie Danny Jackson staved off elimination with a complete five-hit 6-1 triumph.

KC trailed 1-0 in Game 6 at home in the ninth. With Onix Concepcion at third and Jim Sundberg at second and two outs, KC's Dane Iorg singled. Concepcion scored and Sundberg followed, just avoiding the tag at home for a Series-tying 2-1 thriller.

Having become a father the day before, Saberhagen started Game 7. He tossed five-hit 11-0 shutout, clinching KC's second post season comeback.

The 1985 World Series crowned the Royals as the "Comeback Kings."

Around the World:

  • October 19 - First Blockbuster Video store opened in Dallas.
  • October 21:
    1. Pakistani cricketers Qasim Omar (206) and Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand vs. SL
    2. Hard rock band Aerosmith released “Done with Mirrors” album
  • October 25 - Soviet Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit.
  • October 27:
    1. Hurricane Juan ravaged U.S. Gulf states and east coast, 49 die.
    2. Thieves stole 9 paintings, including 5 Monet's and 2 Renoir's.

1985 in Baseball:

  • January 7 - Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm elected to Hall of Fame.
  • June 11 - In 26-7 romp over Mets, Phillies’ Von Hayes the first player to homer twice in the first inning of a game: a leadoff homer and a grand-slam.
  • July 11 - Nolan Ryan first pitcher to record 4000 strikeouts.
  • August 4:
    1. Tom Seaver won 300th game.
    2. Rod Carew got 3000th hit.
  • September 8 - Pete Rose tied Ty Cobb’s record of 4,191 hits.
  • October 6 - Phil Niekro won 300th game.

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