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Encyclopedia > 1985 American League Championship Series

The 1985 American League Championship Series was played between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to October 16, 1985. Major League Baseball decided to extend the Championship Series in both leagues to a best-of-seven format starting with this year, and it proved pivotal in the outcome of the ALCS. The Blue Jays seemingly put a stranglehold on the Series, going out to a 3 games to 1 lead over the Royals at one point. However, Kansas City staged a miraculous comeback, winning the next three games to take the Series 4 games to 3. The Royals would eventually defeat their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the World Series by an identical 4 games to 3 count. This article is about the year. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, to face the winner of the National League Championship Series. ... The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) East Division (1977-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1993 â€¢ 1992 AL Pennants (2) 1993 â€¢ 1992 East Division titles (5) 1993 â€¢ 1992 â€¢ 1991 â€¢ 1989 1985 Wild card berths (0) None Major league nicknames Toronto Blue Jays (1977-present) Major league home... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... 1985 World Series Logo The 1985 World Series, popularly known as the Show-Me Series and the I-70 Series, pitted the National League champion St. ...


Managers: Dick Howser (Kansas City), Bobby Cox (Toronto) Richard Dalton (Dick) Howser (May 14, 1936 - June 17, 1987) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop and manager. ... Robert Joseph Cox, most widely known as Bobby Cox, (born May 21, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) is a former player — and current manager — in Major League Baseball. ...


Umpires: Derryl Cousins, Jim Evans, Dale Ford, Ted Hendry, Dave Phillips, Vic Voltaggio Derryl Cousins (born August 18, 1946 in Fresno, California) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2000. ... James Bremond Evans (born November 5, 1946 in Longview, Texas) is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1971 to 1999. ...


Series MVP: George Brett, Kansas City George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American baseball player. ...


Television: NBC (Bob Costas and Tony Kubek announcing) The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Anthony Christopher Kubek (born October 12, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired American baseball player and television broadcaster. ...


Background

The Royals had long been a contending team in the American League, with great regular season success but frustration in the playoffs. They won three consecutive American League West division titles from 1976 to 1978, only to be defeated in the ALCS all three years by the New York Yankees. The Royals did manage to get through the ALCS in 1980, but went on to lose the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1984, K.C. again won the Western Division, but fell victim to an ALCS sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. 1985 saw the Royals posting a record of 91-71 (.562%) to take yet another Western Division title, by a game over the California Angels. The American League West Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, the culmination of the sports postseason each October. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1980 NL Pennants (5) 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1950 1915 East Division titles (6) [1] 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1981, a players strike in... This page is about the year 1984. ... The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... For the Pacific Coast League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels (PCL). ...


By contrast, the Blue Jays had only been born in 1977, and the late 1970s and early 1980s for them were marked by the normal struggles faced by an expansion team. Slowly but surely, they began churning out seasons that were more and more solid, culminating in a second-place finish in the American League East in 1984, behind the eventual World champions from Detroit. 1985 proved to be a breakout year for Toronto, as they rode strong offense and pitching to the second-best record in all of baseball, at 99-62 (.615%), taking the AL East by two games over the Yankees. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... This page is about the year 1984. ...


The Series

The Series opened in Toronto at Exhibition Stadium, where the Blue Jays easily took Game 1 by a 6-1 score. In Game 2, Willie Wilson and Pat Sheridan made things interesting for the Royals with home runs, but in the bottom of the tenth, with Kansas City holding a 5-4 lead, Lloyd Moseby singled home Tony Fernandez, and then Al Oliver was able to do the same for Moseby to give Toronto a 6-5 victory and a 2-0 Series lead. Exhibition Stadium was a stadium that formerly stood at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto, Ontario. ... Reverend Willie F. Wilson was born in Newport News, Virginia. ... Lloyd Anthony Moseby (born November 5, 1959 in Portland, Arizona) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro (born June 30, 1962, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) was a Major League Baseball player most noted for his defensive skills. ... Albert Oliver, Jr. ...


The ALCS then shifted to Royals Stadium for Game 3, where Royals third baseman George Brett tattooed two homers and catcher Jim Sundberg added another to buoy the Royals to a 6-5 victory. However, the celebration was short-lived, as the Blue Jays won Game 4 by a score of 3-1. Had this Series been played under the previous best-of-five format, baseball fans would not have had to wait until 1992 for the first international World Series. However, as noted previously, the format for the LCS was changed to best-of-seven starting with 1985, and it was a gift for K.C., as they were able to pull out a 2-0 shutout win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 to take the Series back to Toronto. Kauffman Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, that is a part of the Truman Sports Complex that also includes Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. ... This article deals with the baseball player George Howard Brett. ... James Howard Sundberg (born May 18, 1951 in Galesburg, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for a number of teams, most significantly the Texas Rangers. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


The Royals took the sixth game by a 5-3 count, with Brett homering again and Dan Quisenberry garnering the save after taking the loss in Game 1. This forced a one-game showdown for the AL Pennant in the deciding seventh game. The Royals held a close 2-0 lead over the Blue Jays for the first four innings; Toronto cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning with a Willie Upshaw double that drove in Damaso Garcia. However, in the top of the sixth, Sundberg lashed a bases-loaded triple to right field, and then Frank White singled Sundberg home, blowing the game wide open and giving Kansas City a 6-1 advantage. Toronto would only manage to score one more run, as the Royals won 6-2 to cap an amazing comeback from the brink of elimination and earn a trip to the World Series. Daniel Raymond Quisenberry (February 7, 1953 - September 30, 1998) was a Major League Baseball player, primarily as a star relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. ... Willie Clay Upshaw (born April 27, 1957 Blanco, TX - ) was a utility player with a 10 year career 1978, 1980-1988. ... Dámaso Domingo García Sánchez (born February 7, 1955 in Moca, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player best known for his time spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980s. ... Frank White Jr. ...

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American League logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, to face the winner of the National League Championship Series. ... The 1969 American League Championship Series was the first ALCS held after Major League Baseball adopted the two-division format that season. ... The 1972 American League Championship Series took place between October 7 and October 12 of 1972. ... The 1973 American League Championship Series took place between October 6 and October 11, 1973. ... The 1975 American League Championship Series faced the Boston Red Sox and the 3-time defending world champion Oakland Athletics for the right to advance to the 1975 World Series. ... The 1977 American League Championship Series was a 5-game series played between October 5 and October 9, 1957, at Yankee Stadium (Games 1-2), and Royals Stadium (3-5). ... The 97-65 Kansas City Royals faced the team that defeated them three straight years in the ALCS from 1976-1978, the 103-59 New York Yankees. ... The 1986 American League Championship Series was a back-and-forth battle between the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels for the right to advance to the 1986 World Series. ... The 1989 American League Championship Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays from October 3 to October 8, 1989. ... The 1991 American League Championship Series was played between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to October 13, 1991. ... The 1992 American League Championship Series was played between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics from October 7 to October 14, 1992. ... The 1993 American League Championship Series was played between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox from October 5 to October 12, 1993. ... The 1994 baseball strike resulted in the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years. ... The 1995 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1995 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians against the Western Division champion Seattle Mariners. ... The 2003 American League Championship Series was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to October 16, 2003. ... The 2004 American League Championship Series (also known as the GYC, or Great Yankee Collapse) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. ... The 2005 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2005 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox against the Western Division champion Los Angeles Angels. ...


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