Back on July 24, 1983, George Brett of the Royals hit a huge homer in Yankee Stadium -- a go-ahead shot off Goose Gossage. Yankees manager Billy Martin then asked the umpiring crew to take a look at the bat. Specifically, how high the pine tar was riding up on the barrell of Brett's bat. At the time, home-plate umpire Tim McClelland held up his fist to indicate Brett was out and it was, as they say, ON:
But then, exactly 30 days ago Sunday -- July 28, 1983 -- AL president Andy MacPhail ruled that the pine tar doesn't aid performance and upheld the Royals' protest. Only one protest since -- and zero since 1986 -- has been upheld. Otherwise every other protest in MLB has been denied.
But 30 years ago today, the most famous protest in MLB history was upheld.