In the last few years there hasn't been much to cheer about in Kansas City. So let's keep spirits bright as I name off the Top 5 greatest sports moments in Kansas City history. There are some that you could make a case that deserved to be in this slide show. But here are my opinions on the Top 5 moments in Kansas City history.
In 1988 the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game was help at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Danny Manning (shown above) put in 31 points to lead the Kansas Jayhawks to a 83-79 win over Oklahoma.
Kansas was a huge underdog going into the game losing 11 games in the regular season. The Jayhawk season was later referred to as "Danny and The Miracles."
On July 24, 1983 the Kansas City Royals took on the hated New York Yankees. George Brett was at bat in the top of the ninth, the Royals were trailing 4-3. Brett slams a two-run home run out of Yankee stadium.
As Brett went back to the dug-out with the lead Yankee manage Billy Martin came out of the dug-out.
He talked to the home plate umpire for awhile and then the umpire,Tim McClelland, asks for the bat George Brett hit the home run with. McClelland measured how far the pine tar was on the bat and then called Brett out.
Brett didn't like that too much as he charged the umpire and exchanged a few words with him, George ended up getting ejected and the Royals lost 4-3.
After the game the Royals protested to the American League president, Lee McPhial, and the Royals ended up winning the protest. McPhail ordered that the game be continued with two outs in the top-of-the-ninth and the Royals up 5-4.
Billy Martin still upset changed around everybody's positions, putting the pitcher in center field, he put the 1st baseman to 2nd etc...
The Royals ended up winning the game 5-4. The bat Brett used is currently in the Hall-of-Fame.
Some people might say this is a little over the top but I don't think so. Carl Peterson, as you know was the general manager of the Chiefs for 20 years. Peterson's first 10 years were good but the last 10 weren't so hot. Chiefs fans have wanted him out of here for at least five years and their wish finally came true this offseason. When Peterson was fired, let's just say there were a lot of smiles around Kansas City.
The first two greatest moments could go either way.
The Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals to become World Champs. The Royals were unsuccessful in 1980 as they lost to the Phillies, but made sure they came home with the trophy in '85. The Royals clinched the World Series in Game 7, and massacred the Cardinals in doing so by a score of 11-0. You could make an argument that Game 7 is the greatest game in Kansas City history, but you may need to think twice after reading No. 1.
And the number one greatest moment in Kansas City sports history is Super Bowl IV, the Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 to become NFL Champions.
It was quarterback Len Dawson and head coach Hank Stram (both Hall of Famers) leading the mighty Chiefs to be Super Bowl Champs. I can only wish I was alive to see it in person. But I guess hearing stories about it is just as good.