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Celebrate Bo Jackson’s birthday with five amazing plays with the Royals

This file photo shows Kansas City Royals outfielder Bo Jackson watching the flight of his first-inning home run during the All-Star Game.
This file photo shows Kansas City Royals outfielder Bo Jackson watching the flight of his first-inning home run during the All-Star Game. The Associated Press

Wednesday is Bo Jackson’s 54th birthday, and while it’s been more than a quarter century since he last played for the Royals, the highlights from his time in Kansas City still make you shake your head. And smile.

Jackson was with the Royals from 1986-1990, and in those five seasons he did a little bit of everything. Heck, what 11-year-old boy wouldn’t have been the biggest Bo Jackson fan in the world?

So in honor of Jackson’s birthday, here are five of the best plays of his career with Kansas City.

A home-run saving catch against Jack Clark of the New York Yankees. The normally reserved Jackson was fired up after this grab.

Bo runs up the wall. This is another catch, but what was so incredible wasn’t the grab itself, but what Jackson did after he reached the wall.

The home-run in All-Star Game. It’s hard to remember a time when every single baseball game wasn’t televised, but people were not accustomed to seeing the incredible things Jackson could do on a regular basis. Bo stole the spotlight.

Bo throws out Harold Reynolds. This throw was so spectacular that the first-base umpire was caught out of position. He should have been covering home plate to see if Reynolds was out (he was), but maybe didn’t think Jackson could get the ball to the plate in time (he did).

The broken bat. Heck, this is just for fun: This is when Bo Jackson broke a bat over his head. Even when he made an out, Jackson did something amazing.

You’ve seen those plays. Which one do you think was the best?

Please vote in our poll and if you have a memory to share, do it in the comments.

 

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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