The game that featured “The Pine Tar Incident” with George Brett is one that many fans remember for one particular reason.
On July 24, 1983, the Kansas City Royals were facing off against the New York Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium.
Brett hit a home run against the Yankees, but was later ejected because of the amount of pine tar on his bat.
The Royals legend then caused a stir as he charged at the home plate umpire to protest what had taken place.
But 40 years ago on this date, the game was finally picked back up.
Brett’s home run ultimately counted, and the Royals picked up a 5-4 win over the Yankees.
On Twitter, a fan recalled this special day.
40 Years Ago Today: "The Pine Tar Incident" game finally resumes 25 days later at Yankee Stadium to finish the 9th inning! George Brett's HR counts and the Kansas City #Royals defeat the New York #Yankees 5-4! (August 18, 1983) #MLB #Baseball #History pic.twitter.com/R9Uxx05qS0
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) August 18, 2023
This game permeates throughout baseball history.
Originally, the umpires did not count Brett’s home run, as the amount of pine tar on his bat exceeded the amount allowed by the rule.
On the original day of the game, Brett was ruled out and the game ultimately came to a close, giving the Yankees a win, as Brett’s home run came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
Ultimately though, this did not last long, and nearly a month later, the game was resumed.
The Royals and Yankees finished the bottom half of the ninth inning, and the Royals ultimately held on for a victory.
The incident was one of the most controversial moments in the history of baseball, but in the end, Brett’s home run counted.NEXT: Lance Lynn Is A Whole New Pitcher With The Dodgers