Today marks 31 years since the Pine Tar Game at Yankee Stadium - that indelible baseball moment that took place on a remarkably pleasant Sunday afternoon. Brett hit a dramatic two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Goose Gossage that was ruled out after a dispute about pine tar on his bat.
George Brett (in the early 1970s), back then the great pine-tar incident was only a gleam in his eye.
George Brett, center, of the Kansas City Royals is restrained by umpire Joe Brinkman after his bat, held by umpire Tim McClelland, was ruled illegal because of pine tar beyond the legal limit on the handle in this July 24, 1983 photo at Yankee Stadium in New York. Brett hit a home run that would have won the game against the Yankees, but was instead called out, the Yanks winning 4-3. Royals manager Dick Howser, left, argues on his teams behalf.