Royals look back to 1985

Relive the '85 season at Reunion Weekend

BOSTON -- Fifteen members of the 1985 Royals, from Jorge Orta to George Brett to Dane Iorg, are scheduled to join World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen at 1985 Reunion Weekend in Kansas City, which will take place Aug. 12-14.

Saberhagen will be inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 13, in a ceremony at Kauffman Stadium.

Because 2005 is the 20th anniversary of the club's only World Series championship, the Royals decided to make a weekend out of celebrating it.

The Royals invited members of the club to attend and those who accepted include Brett, the only player named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his Royals career; Iorg, who had a dramatic hit in the sixth-game victory over the Cardinals; and Orta, who was safe on one of the most controversial calls in World Series history.

Other players who have accepted invitations are Steve Balboni, Joe Beckwith, Buddy Biancalana, Steve Farr, Danny Jackson, Charlie Leibrandt, Darryl Motley, Greg Pryor, Pat Sheridan, Jim Sundberg, John Wathan and Frank White.

Tickets are available for all three weekend games against the Detroit Tigers, the first time the clubs have met since their July 17 bench-clearing clash in Detroit.

The lineup of events:

Friday, Aug. 12
• Concession costs will be rolled back to 1980s prices. Hot dogs, peanuts, small Pepsis, nachos and frosty malts cost $1 each.
• 1985 team members will sign autographs in the lower seating bowl from 5:15 to 6 p.m.
• A pregame ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m.
• After the game, there will be a fireworks show accompanied by music from the era.

Saturday, Aug. 13
• The Saberhagen induction ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., 40 minutes prior to the 6:10 p.m. CT game.
• The first 20,000 fans will receive a limited-edition souvenir statuette of Saberhagen.

Sunday, Aug. 14
• The first 20,000 fans will receive a DVD about the 1985 World Series called "The Thrill of It All." It's from the original video sold by the Royals after the Series.
• Celebrate Kids Eat Free Sunday.
• Fans can run the bases after the 1:10 p.m. CT game.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.