MLB World Series Champions: Remembering the 1985 Kansas City Royals

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MLB World Series Champions: Remembering the 1985 Kansas City Royals

As the 2012 baseball season approaches, one question that will be answered will be how improved are the Kansas City Royals

Will they improve to 81 wins from 71? Or jump all the way up to the 91 or more and compete for the divisional title?

This excitement and optimism is led by their talented and young core players that showed the ability to succeed in the majors. Plus there are others who are knocking at the door to join them.

These core players are hoping to have the Royals finish with a winning record, which will be the first since 2003 and may I say a division title. First since 1985.

The World Series Champions of 1985 were a team that was assembled in the 70s, and like this year group, were called upon to form the Royals' foundation.

From 1976 to 1985, the Royals won seven AL West titles. They just couldn't get past the mighty New York Yankees in their three consecutive postseason matches ('76-'78).

They finally got the upper-hand and swept the Yankees in 1980 and made their first World Series.

Unfortunately, they lost in six to the Philadelphia Phillies

The following year they again won the division but lost to the Oakland Athletics in the playoffs.

In '84, they were swept by the Detroit Tigers who went on to win the World Series.

The next season the '85 Royals reached their goal.

They defeated a very talented Toronto Blue Jays team in the ALCS in seven games and then met the speedy St. Louis Cardinals who were managed by their former skipper Whitey Herzog.

Things didn't look to great after the first two games in Kansas City. The Cardinals received great pitching from John Tudor and Danny Cox to take the 2-0 lead.

In a must win situation, Bret Saberhagen led the Royals to victory in Game 3 in St.Louis.

After losing Game 4, the Royals bent but never broke, then won the next three games.

This slideshow is to remember the starters and key players who made this goal obtainable.

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