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The bat George Brett reached 3,000 hits with.
July 24, 1983: This was the date of the famous Pine Tar Incident during a game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. Umpires nullified Royals great George Brett's would-be game winning home run, due to a supposed excess of pine tar on his bat, causing the game to end with a Yankees win. The call was protested by the Royals, and American League President Lee MacPhail upheld their protest and called for the teams to finish the game, starting after Brett's home run. The Royals won this time, 5-4.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.