Sunday, July 24, 2005
THE "PINE TAR" HOME RUN
On July 24, 1983 the "pine tar" home run was hit by the Kansas City Royals' George Brett off New York pitcher Rich Gossage at Yankee Stadium. Brett's shot came with two out in the top of the ninth to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. Brett's homer was ruled an out because the amount of pine tar on the bat exceeded what was allowed. After a protest by the Royals, the decision was later overturned. Brett's homer counted, and the final out for the Royals and the Yankees' half of the ninth was completed on Aug. 18.