The Pine-Tar Game: Yankees Bat Boy Who Says It Didn't Have To Happen

Jul 24, 2013

Kansas City Royals player George Brett is held back by umpires after protesting the infamous "pine tar" bat call.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of a game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees that made history. It would become known as the "Pine-Tar Game."

On July 24, 1983, in the top of the ninth, with the Royals trailing 4-3 and down to their last out, George Brett came to bat. Brett hit a 2-run homer that gave the Royals a lead in the game. But those runs were taken off the scoreboard when an umpire ruled that George Brett had too much pine tar -- a substance used to get a better grip -- on the bat.

In the last part of Wednesday's Up to Date, guest host Randy Mason talks with New York City Police officer Merritt Riley, who was a bat boy on the night of that infamous game.

Riley was the guy who was tasked with collecting the Royals’ bats and bringing them back to the dugout. But that didn’t happen as it should have that night.

Read more about Merritt Riley in this Wall Street Journal story.