October 13, 1985 At Royals Stadium, with the Toronto Blue Jays up 3-1 in the ALCS and looking for their first World Series appearance, trot out 24 year old Jimmy Key, Key had won 14 games during the regular season for the Jays. The Royals counter with 23 year old Danny Jackson who also won 14 games.

The Royals will score first in the bottom of the first inning, Lonnie Smith doubled, stole third, and scored on a ground out by George Brett. In the second inning, Frank White reached first on a bunt, advanced to third on a Steve Balboni single, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Darryl Motley.

Jackson earned his first playoff victory, against the powerful Blue Jays scattering eight hits striking out 6 and walking just 1 batter in his 2-0 shutout win.

In the fourth inning, the Jays led off with back-to-back singles but were unable to score after George Bell was thrown out by Royals Left fielder, Smith after trying to go first to third on a single to left. In the fifth inning, the Blue Jays had runners on second and third with no outs and were again unable to do anything. In the sixth inning, they loaded the bases with two outs and again failed to score. Through the final three innings, no Toronto hitter was able to reach base.

Key will take his only playoff loss in 7 appearances for the Blue Jays over 5 playoff series. He will go 3-1 and be part of 2 Championship teams.

Join the Community

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 11,383 other subscribers

Subscribe to our Podcast

The Daily Rewind

on Apples Podcast | Spotify  | Google | Stitcher

And connect with us wherever else you listen to Podcast and hangout!



Game ticket & learn more about the players, teams, stadiums and dates in history