Exactly thirty-one years ago today one of the most infamous incidents of modern baseball history occurred. The game involved the visiting Kansas City Royals taking on the New York Yankees. The Yankees were leading the game 4-3 with 2 outs in the top half of the 9th inning. George Brett was at bat and hit an incredible 2-run home run off of Yankees pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage. The Royals were suddenly in the lead by one run.
That is until the Yankees manager Billy Martin left the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Tim McClelland. Martin explained to McClelland that Brett’s bat had pine tar exceeding the normal length allowed on the bat. This pine tar place on the upper part of the barrel of the bat would make the bat easier to hit the ball solidly off the bat. McClelland then measured the bat’s pine tar (which was allowed to be more 18 inches up the bat) with the home plate. The pine tar was over that length, McClelland immediately over ruled the play and called brett’s at bat as an out.
George Brett protesting the pine tar call after his 2-run home run was ruled an out. (Getty Images)
George Brett then stormed toward home plate to confront Tim McClelland. Brett was restrained by his team mates and was brought back into the dugout. Due to the umpires call the game was now over. The Yankees were recorded as the winners of the game by a score of 4-3. The call was later over ruled and a few weeks later the game was restarted after Brett’s at bat with his 2-run home run counting. The Royals won that game 5-4.
This is a moment that will live forever in baseball history. It is also George Brett’s most memorable moment in his Hall Of Fame career.
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On this day 104 years ago one of the greatest pitchers of all time won his 500th career game. Cy Young was in the twilight of his career and playing for Cleveland Indians. The Indians were in Washington to play the Senators at American League Park II. The Indians won the game by a score of 5-4 thus giving Young this milestone victory.
Young would retire after the 1911 season with a career record of 511-316. Young’s 511 career wins remains the all time record for wins by a pitcher. In 1956 a year after his death, the Cy Young Award was created. The Award is given to the best pitcher in the National and American leagues at the end of every season.
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With the 4th overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears selected running back Gale Sayers from the University of Kansas. Sayers had been a two time All American and was highly touted coming out of college. The Bears were in need of a solid running back following the 1964 season in which the teams leading rusher was Jon Arnett who finished the season with 400 yards on the ground. Ronnie Bull was the second rusher in terms of yards with 320. Sayers would come in and rush for more yard than both backs combined.
Gale Sayers was a very influential running back that changed how the game was played from the back field. Sayers was an explosive rusher with the ability to stop, move and go at practically any given moment. Sayers would also become one of the best kick returners the game had seen up to that point.
Gale Sayers had a phenomenal debut season in 1965. On the ground Sayers was practically unstoppable with 867 yards, 14 touchdowns. Sayers also gained 507 yards receiving and scored 6 touchdowns. Lastly Sayers returned 16 kicks for a total of 898 yards and 2 touchdowns on kickoffs and punt returns combined. Despite the incredible season Sayers had he could only help the Bears so much. The Bears finished that season with a record of 9-5 and placed 3rd in the NFL Western Conference.
Gale Sayers was named the NFL Rookie of the at the end of the 1965 season. That season he set the record for the most touchdowns scored by a rookie with 22, a record that still stands today, almost five decades later. Sayers would only play seven total seasons before retiring after the 1971 season. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1977.
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In July of 2010 Lebron James was live on ESPN and sports fans all over the world were watching to see where he would go as a free agent. Many consider that moment one of James’ worst since bursting onto the national sports scene in 2002 while he was still in High School. With the words “I have decided to take my talents to South Beach” James ripped the hearts out of the already heart broken Cleveland sports fans bodies. The fans of Cleveland loudly voiced their disapproval and ran to the streets to burn James jerseys and shout their hate for their once beloved star.
Lebron James wearing the jersey we will see him in again when the 2014-15 NBA season begins. (Getty Images)
Fast forward four years to today and a lot has changed for Lebron James. James never won an NBA Title in Cleveland during the seven seasons he played there. However James was in the NBA Finals over the past four seasons and won two titles with the Miami Heat. James had accomplished his dream of winning an NBA Championship and seems to rest easier with his accomplishment than he did as a player still seeking a title four years ago.
There was much speculation as to where Lebron James would go after he declined the final two years of his Miami Heat contract to pursue free agency. He spent the last ten days of his free agency period to make everyone wait and see where he would end up. On July 11th, 2014 around 1pm EST its was announced through a press release from James that he would be returning to back home to Cleveland. The fans of Cleveland have largely forgiven James for what happened that summer in 2010 and just wanted him back. Cleveland got their wish and their Ohio son back today.
While the city of Miami was reaping the benefits of having Lebron James for the past four seasons the Cleveland Cavilers have struggled to say the least. With multiple number one picks in the NBA Draft the team never recovered after James departed but do have the pieces in place for James to excel with. Much talk will swirl over the next four months before the season begins about whether James made the right choice but one thine is certain, Lebron James makes the Cavs an instant contender.
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