ST. PETERSBURG -- The 30th anniversary of one of the most bizarre incidents in Royals' history, the Pine Tar Game, is rapidly approaching and a special memento will be available to auction bidders at the Diamond of Dreams on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.
Baseball fans have often seen the video from July 24, 1983, when George Brett, deprived of a home run because of too much pine tar on his bat, charged out of the dugout in rage to confront the umpires. The two-run homer off the Yankees' Goose Gossage gave the Royals a 5-4 lead until New York manager Billy Martin convinced umpire Tim McClelland that Brett was in violation of the rules. The ruling was overturned, the ninth inning was completed 25 days later at Yankee Stadium, and the Royals won, 5-4.
To commemorate the famous incident, Royals Charities will have signed jerseys by Brett and Gossage plus a photo of the incident at a silent auction on Thursday night. The event on the Kauffman Stadium field will benefit the University of Kansas Hospital's Neonatal Medical Home.
Several other displays will be available at the "Baseball's Greatest Moments" auction. Among them are:
• Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier, 1947 -- Index card signed by Robinson, replica of his Hall of Fame plaque, poster from the movie "42."
• "The Catch" by Willie Mays, 1954 World Series -- Jersey signed by Mays and photo of his catch of Vic Wertz's drive.
• Bob Gibson dominates the Red Sox, 1967 World Series -- A 1967 Cardinals jersey autographed by Gibson and an action shot of the pitcher.
• Future Hall of Famers with Miracle Mets, 1969 -- Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan signed replicas of their 1969 Mets jerseys.
• Hank Aaron becomes the home run king, 1974 -- Braves white home jersey No. 44 autographed by Aaron and photo of him breaking Babe Ruth's record.
• Carlton Fisk waves World Series home run fair, 1975 -- Autographed Red Sox jersey by Fisk and signed Reds jersey by catcher Johnny Bench with a photo of the wave.
Several others famous moments are commemorated with similar items for the event. Tickets are available at $100 each for the 7 p.m. CT fundraiser at www.royals.com/diamondofdreams or by calling (816) 504-4149. Limited availability remains for the VIP Party at 5:30 p.m., at $250 per ticket.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.