Kansas City Royals History: 1985 Team Wins First World Series Title

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: A detailed view of the 1985 World Series ring worn by Kansas City Royals former player George Brett prior to game three of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: A detailed view of the 1985 World Series ring worn by Kansas City Royals former player George Brett prior to game three of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 19: A detailed view of the 1985 World Series ring worn by Kansas City Royals former player George Brett prior to game three of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Legacy

Winning a championship cements your place in a franchise’s history, but even more so when you win an organization’s first World Series title. To this day, the 1985 team has an almost untouchable nature to them. Obviously, a few recent Kansas City Royals teams have shown to be just as good — if not better than the 1985 squad. But there’s just something special about that team.

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It helps that the team had undoubtedly the best hitter (Brett), starting pitcher (Saberhagen) and relief pitcher (Dan Quisenberry) in franchise history. Throw in the fact that all three Royals who have had their jersey retired were part of that team (Brett, White and manager Dick Howser) and it starts to make a lot of sense.

It’s easy to look back on something that happened exactly 32 years ago and say how great it was. Maybe, it’s easier for some of us who weren’t alive in 1985 to see the group with such allure, because, for most of our lives, that’s all we had to hang our hats on.

But now we’ve got a World Series title of our own, so to speak. The 2015 squad can stake some claim to the best Kansas City Royals team ever thanks to their championship. A championship that’s intertwined with that 1985 one, because the 30th anniversary of Game 7 coincided with Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. You can’t make this stuff up.

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What do you think, fans? Is the 1985 team the greatest in Kansas City Royals history? Or is it the 2015 team? Let us know in the comments and on social media.

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