Happy Anniversary: 'Pine Tar' protest upheld
No protest in Major League Baseball has been upheld since 1986. Thirty years ago Sunday, the most famous protest in MLB history was upheld.
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.