With a team record seven players on the All-Star roster this year, the percentage of a highlight moment by a member of the Royals in the Midsummer Classic has climbed.
Here are some of the most memorable All-Star Game moments by the Royals:
Center fielder Amos Otis became the trigger of one of the most memorable plays in All-Star history. He fielded a 12th-inning single off the bat of Jim Hickman and fired a dart to home, where catcher Ray Fosse waited for the ball. Pete Rose, barreling down the third-base line, lowered his shoulder and plowed into Fosse, separating Fosse’s shoulder. Fosse, who was having a superb season, never regained his power stroke.
George Brett hit a solo home run in the 1984 game, but that was the AL’s lone run in a 3-1 loss. A year earlier, Brett helped the AL break a 11-game losing streak in the Midsummer Classic with a triple, double and RBI.
The All-Star Game was an Astros celebration. The game was played in the Astrodome, Houston would go on to win the division and Mike Scott would win the Cy Young Award. But Frank White clubbed a solo home run in the seventh inning off Scott, which proved to be the winning run in the AL’s 3-2 victory.
Bo Jackson’s greatest baseball moment? He led off the bottom of the first inning with a mammoth home run off the Giants’ Rick Reuschel. Jackson added a single and became the only Royals player to be chosen All-Star MVP.
To become the winning pitcher in an All-Star Game requires a combination of effectiveness and timing. Bret Saberhagen had both in 1990. He pitched two scoreless innings to help preserve the 2-0 victory, and the AL scored during his appearance.
ROYALS ALL STAR LEADERS
Games: 13 George Brett
Hits: 7, Brett
Home runs: Cookie Rojas (1972), Brett (1984), Frank White (1986), Bo Jackson (1989)
Appearances: 3, Dan Quisenberry, Jeff Montgomery
Victories: Bret Saberhagen (1990), Jose Rosado (1997)
Innings pitched: 5 Saberhagen