After 30 years, Brett still known for “Pine Tar Game”

Kansas City Royals interim hitting coach and Hall of Famer George Brett discusses the pine-tar game in which Brett was called out for using a bat on which pine tar exceeded the 18-inch limit, during a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. The 30th anniversary of the game is July 24, 2013. After Kansas City filed a protest, the game was resumed at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 18, 1983. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kansas City Royals interim hitting coach and Hall of Famer George Brett discusses the pine-tar game in which Brett was called out for using a bat on which pine tar exceeded the 18-inch limit, during a news conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. The 30th anniversary of the game is July 24, 2013. After Kansas City filed a protest, the game was resumed at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 18, 1983. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Three decades after his home run and hysterics, George Brett laughs that he’s still known as “the Pine Tar Guy.”

Brett recalled the episode Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium before Kansas City played New York. Now 60, Brett is the interim hitting coach for the Royals.

On July 24, 1983, Brett hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Goose Gossage at the old Yankee Stadium that put the Royals ahead. But the shot was nullified and Brett was called for the game-ending out when plate umpire Tim McClelland ruled there was too much pine tar on the bat.

Brett was wild-eyed when he charged from the dugout to argue. A few days later, AL President Lee MacPhail overturned the decision. The game was completed the next month and the Royals won.

 

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