George Brett Signed Pine Tar Incident Photo
Win this framed photo of the Pine Tar Incident, signed in neon blue by George Brett.
The Pine Tar Incident happened in 1983 during an American League baseball game played between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. With his team trailing 4–3 in the top half of the ninth inning and two out, Royals' third baseman George Brett hit a two-run home run to give his team the lead.
However, Yankees manager Billy Martin, who had noticed a large amount of pine tar on Brett's bat, requested that the umpires inspect his bat. The umpires ruled that the amount of pine tar on the bat exceeded the amount allowed by rule, nullified Brett's home run, and called him out. As Brett was the third out in the ninth inning with the home team in the lead, the game ended with a Yankees win.
The Royals protested the game, and American League president Lee MacPhail upheld their protest. MacPhail ordered that the game be continued from the point of Brett's home run. The game was resumed 25 days later on August 18, and officially ended with the Royals winning 5–4
Brett's 3,154 career hits are second most by any third baseman in major league history and rank 18th all-time. He is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 on the first ballot and is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades.
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