Series Will Honor 25th Anniversary Of I-70 Showdown

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals were on top of the baseball universe, facing off against one another in the 1985 World Series.

The Royals ultimately won the series in a classic – yet controversial – battle, but the 1-70 Series has gone down as one of the most memorable events in the history of both teams.

In honor of that fantastic cross-state showdown, I-70 Baseball will take an in-depth look back at the ’85 World Series starting tomorrow and corresponding with the actual anniversary date of each game of the series.

Tomorrow, I-70 Baseball editor Bill Ivie and myself will look back at the Cardinals’ and Royals’ distinct paths to the series. Then, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 19 – the anniversary of Game 1 – the site’s writers will examine the ups and downs of each and every game, every impact player, the managers and, of course, “The Call,” the controversial blown judgment by umpire Don Denkinger in Game 6. We’ll take a magnifying glass to this infamous decision, as well as each pivotal moment of the 1985 October Classic, in our upcoming series, which will come to a close next Wednesday, Oct. 27, the anniversary date of Game 7.

In addition to a recap of every single game, we’ll break down the lineups and pitching staffs of both teams and profile several players, including Tito Landrum, who came off the bench to help the Cardinals in the playoffs, and Bret Saberhagen, the Royals pitcher who not only became a father during the I-70 Series but also picked up the World Series MVP award. We’ll hear from our writers about Whitey Herzog and Dick Howser, the two couldn’t-be-more-different managers from the series, and we’ll even get the opinions of writers who weren’t alive in 1985, but who have learned about the series through myths and legends.

So sit back, Cards and Royals fans, and enjoy this look back at a time when our two teams ruled the baseball kingdom.

Matt Kelsey is a Royals writer for I-70 Baseball. He can be reached at

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