Oct 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detailed view of the 1985 World Series ring of George Brett before game four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
7. 1985 World Series, Game 5
Danny Jackson: 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Game Score: 75
Game Result: Royals 6, Cardinals 1
The Kansas City Royals came into Game 5 of the 1985 World Series with their backs to the wall down three games to one—but they had been there before. The Royals had overcome the same three games to one deficit to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS behind the same pitcher that would take the mound in Game 5: Danny Jackson.
However, this time Danny Jackson (14-12, 3.42 ERA) needed to come through on the road. Game 5 was in St. Louis.
DJ responded with his third dominant performance in a row, which included his outstanding Game 1 start that the Royals lost 3-1. The first game of that string is also in this slide show.
The 23-year-old lefty allowed the Cardinals to tie the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double from St. Louis cleanup hitter Jack Clark. Jackson shut down the Redbirds the rest of the way.
The KC Royals took over the game by scoring three runs in the second off St. Louis starter Bob Forsch (9-6, 3.90 ERA), highlighted by a two-run triple from Willie Wilson. The Kansas City Royals added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to win 6-1.
Though Danny Jackson only remained with the KC Royals two more seasons due to a 1988 trade to Cincinnati, his performance in the 1985 playoffs won him an honored place in team history.
Next: 1977 American League Championship Series, Game 3