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Royals playoff memories: Oct. 11, 1985

The front page of The Kansas City Times told it all the day after George Brett’s heroics in Game 3 of the 1985 AL Championship Series.
The front page of The Kansas City Times told it all the day after George Brett’s heroics in Game 3 of the 1985 AL Championship Series.

It's forever known as the George Brett game.

In the first year of the best-of-seven format for the championship series, the Royals dropped the first two games in Toronto. A loss in Game 3 would to too much to overcome. Brett made sure that didn’t happen in a 6-5 win.

In the first inning, Brett blasted a solo home run against Doyle Alexander. Brett led off the fourth with a double and scored on Frank White’s sacrifice fly, and the Royals led 2-0.

But the Blue Jays scored five in the fifth. Brett’s sixth-inning home run cut the deficit to 5-4.

He led off the eighth and eventually scored on Steve Balboni’s single.

The four-for-four performance with four runs and three RBIs, plus a couple of key defensive plays, was the Royals’ single greatest individual postseason performance.

“The Brett game was enormous,” said Bob Costas, who called the 1985 ALCS for NBC. “A homer to right, a homer to left center, two other hits, an amazing game.”

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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