On August 27, 1987 — 1987 – The Royals fire manager Billy Gardner, who replaced Dick Howser in spring training, and replace him with John Wathan, the former Kansas City catcher who was managing the club’s Triple A Omaha affiliate. In Wathan’s major league managerial debut, the Royals win, 3 – 2, on George Brett’s 10th-inning home run to move within three games of first-place Minnesota.

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