Throwback Thursday: 31st Anniversary of George Brett's 'Pine Tar' Incident

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014


The first thing that baseball fans think of when they hear the name "George Brett" is pine tar, even 31 years after the iconic moment.

On July 24, 1983, the Kansas City Royals star hit a go-ahead, two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning against the New York Yankees. However, Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out that there appeared to be an excessive amount of pine tar on George's bat.

After the umpires inspected the bat, they called Brett out, and the game ended with the Yankees winning. That led to Brett's signature moment.

Kansas City protested the game and was able to get the game to be finished August 18, with the home run counting. The Royals held on to win the suspended game 5-4.

Brett talked about the incident last year:

Thirty-one years later, Brett—who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1999—is still remembered for this incident.