The first World Series in Kansas City history saw the Royals fall in six games to the Philadelphia Phillies. After falling behind by two games, the Royals won two games in Royals Stadium to even the matchup, but the National League club rallied for a pair of runs in the final inning of Game 5 at Royals Stadium to regain the lead. The showdown returned to Veterans Stadium for Game 6 and the Phillies secured the title in front of the home fans with a 4-1 verdict. In an exciting series spiced by several outstanding individual performances, Willie Aikens blasted four homers while hitting .400 and Amos Otis hit at a .478 clip with three homers in leading KC's offensive showing.
Philadelphia came back from a 4-0 deficit to win a 7-6 thriller...Twenty-game winner Dennis Leonard was unable to survive the Phillies five-run third inning...Bob Walk, the first rookie to start a World Series game since 1952, was the winner...Tug McGraw snuffed out a late rally to earn the save...the Royals struck early as Otis homered in his first World Series at-bat in the second inning...KC made it 4-0 via an Aikens two-run homer in the third...the Phillies came to life with five runs on four hits and a walk in the third inning...the big blow was a two-out, three-run homer by Bake McBride...Aikens homered again in the 8th.
|Game 1 at Philadelphia Tuesday, Oct. 14|
|LEONARD, Martin (4), Quisenberry (8) and Porter; WALK, McGraw (8) and Boone. HR: Aikens (2), Otis, McBride. T-3:01 A-65,791.|
The Phillies used late-inning heroics to win another come-from-behind battle...KC led 4-2 entering the eighth, but Philly scored four times off ace reliever Dan Quisenberry...George Brett left the game in the sixth inning after going 2-for-2 with a walk...it was later revealed he was suffering from hemorrhoids...neither club could score off starters Larry Gura and Steve Carlton until the fifth when Philadelphia scored twice on three hits and a walk...KC scored an unearned run in the sixth and three times in the seventh, keyed by an Otis' bases-loaded double.
|Game 2 at Philadelphia Wednesday, Oct. 15|
|Gura, QUISENBERRY (7) and Wathan; CARLTON, Reed (9) and Boone. HR: none. T-3:01 A-65,775.|
The Royals won their first-ever World Series game by outlasting Philadelphia, 4-3, in 10 innings...Brett put KC on the scoreboard first with a first-inning solo home run off Dick Ruthven...Aikens continued his hot hitting with a triple and game-winning single in the 10th...Mike Schmidt homered for the Phillies and Pete Rose stroked a game-tying single in the eighth...each club's bullpen ace squared off with Quisenberry earning the victory and McGraw taking the loss...the winning run scored after a walk to Willie Wilson who stole second base and scored with two out on Aikens' opposite-field single (McGraw walked Brett intentionally to get to Aikens).
|Game 3 at Kansas City Friday, Oct. 17|
|Ruthven, MCGRAW (10) and Boone; Gale, Martin (5), QUISENBERRY (8) and Porter. HR: Brett, Otis, Schmidt. T-3:19 A-42,380.|
The Royals evened the series at 2 by slugging their way to a 5-3 triumph...Aikens homered in the first and second innings...a four-run first inning sent Phils starter Larry Christenson packing...the Royals logged four consecutive extra-base hits in that inning...the big lead held up although Leonard needed late help from Quisenberry as Philadelphia scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
|Game 4 at Kansas City Saturday, Oct. 18|
|CHRISTENSEN, Noles (1), Saucier (6), Brusstar (6) and Boone; LEONARD, Quisenberry (8) and Porter. HR: Aikens (2). T-2:37 A-42,363.|
The Royals' hope for a Royals Stadium sweep faded as Philadelphia got its third come-from-behind victory...the Phillies' two-run ninth inning off of Quisenberry sealed KC's fate...Schmidt's two-run home run in the fourth inning broke the scoreless tie...the Royals sent Marty Bystrom to the showers with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth... Otis continued his sizzling offensive performance with a game-tying home run (his 3rd of the Series) leading off the sixth...KC took the lead on a U.L. Washington sacrifice fly scoring Clint Hurdle in the 6th...Phillies' relievers Ron Reed and McGraw silenced the KC bats the rest of the way...the Royals loaded the bases on three walks in the ninth, but McGraw fanned Jose Cardenal to end the game.
|Game 5 at Kansas City Sunday, Oct. 19|
|Bystrom, Reed (6), MCGRAW (7) and Boone; Gura, QUISENBERRY (7) and Porter. HR: Otis, Schmidt. T-2:51 A-42,369.|
Behind the near-rabid support of 65,838 fans at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia methodically eliminated the Royals, 4-1, behind the crafty work of Carlton and McGraw...Carlton allowed only four hits while striking out seven in his seven innings of work and McGraw pitched the final two frames allowing three hits...Schmidt gave the Phils all they really needed with a two-run single in the third inning...Philadelphia added single tallies off Renie Martin in the fifth and Paul Splittorff in the sixth... the Royals never ran out of spirit, sending Carlton to the clubhouse by scoring a run in the eighth...KC also threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with only one out, but McGraw fought his way out of the jam to bring the Phillies their first World Series title.
|Game 6 at Philadelphia Tuesday, Oct. 21|
|GALE, Martin (3), Splittorff (5), Pattin (7), Quisenberry (8) and Wathan; CARLTON, McGraw (8) and Boone. HR: none. T-3:00 A-65,838 (324,516).|