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On July 24th, 1983, the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals went head-to-head at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees were leading 4–3 with two outs in the top of the ninth, when George Brett stepped up to the plate and hit a 2-run home run off of Goose Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead.

Billy Martin ran out of the dugout and asked the umpires to examine Brett’s bat. The umpires concluded that the pine tar on the bat handle exceed the amount allowed by Major League Baseball. Home plate umpire, Tim McClelland, called Brett out and mayhem ensued. George Brett came storming out of the dugout and had to be restrained by players and the other umpires from hitting McClelland.

The rule book stated: (Rule 1.10 b) “a bat may not be covered by such a substance more than 18 inches from the tip of the handle.” The game was protested by the Royals, and Tim McClelland had his decision overruled by AL President Lee MacPhail. George Brett’s home run was restored, and the game resumed on August 18th. Final Score: Royals 5, Yankees 4.

The game has gone down in history with the name: “The Pine Tar Game.”

The bat has been on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY since 1987.

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