Tuesday, October 27, 2015

MLB the Last Time the Kansas City Royals Won the World Series

The last time the Kansas City Royals won the World Series was the 1985 season, the year I was born, and boy have things changed since then. Before the 2015 version of the Kansas City Royals face off with the latest edition of the New York Mets let's take a look at what the state of Major League Baseball looked like the last time the Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 1985.

Kansas City won the American League West Division over the California Angels by just one game to reach the postseason and faced off with the mega-team of the American League in the Toronto Blue Jays with 99 victories. Meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals led Major League Baseball in victories in 1985 with 101 victories winning the National League East Division by three games over the New York Mets.

For the first time ever the ALCS and NLCS were a best-of-seven series and the Kansas City Royals took on the Toronto Blue Jays while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off in the National League. Kansas City defeated Toronto in seven games to reach the World Series while it took St. Louis just six games to send the Dodgers home for the long winter.

It took seven games but Brett Saberhagen and the Kansas City Royals took care of business on the road to win the 1985 World Series. Kansas City was on top of the baseball world.

The 1985 season was generally business as usual but Pete Rose did break Ty Cobb's all-time Major League hits record with his 4,192nd hit of his career. On September 11, 1985 Rose became the hit king while Don Mattingly of the Yankees and Willie McGee of the Cardinals won the AL and NL MVP awards. Meanwhile Bret Saberhagen of the Royals and Dwight Gooden of the Mets won their respective Cy Young Awards in 1985 while Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox and Vince Coleman of the Cardinals won the Rookies of the Year awards in the league.

A lot has changed since the 1985 season and a lot has changed since either the Kansas City Royals or the New York Mets won a World Series but, sticking with the common thread of this article, that is about to change. Tune in tonight as the 2015 World Series kicks off inside Kauffman Stadium.

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