White Sox coach Charlie Lau, renowned hitting instructor, dies at age 50 after a long bout with cancer. Lau, whose major league average was .255, earned his fame as the Royals batting coach from 1971-78, where his star pupil was George Brett.
Just three days after training camp opens, an extremely frail Dick Howser abandons his attempt to come back from a brain tumor and gives up his position as Kansas City Royals manager. Billy Gardner is named his successor.
Three-time 20-game winner Dennis Leonard, who returned to the majors in 1986 after a three-year absence due to a knee injury, announces his retirement. Leonard was 8-13 with a 4.44 ERA for the Royals in his final season.
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals becomes the fourth pitcher ever to win the American League Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in the Royals World Championship season of 1985.
1979 Willie Wilson of the Royals hits his fifth inside-the-park homer of the season in a 6-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Kansas City. It is the most inside-the-park-homers in a season since Kiki Cuyler hit eight for the Pirates in 1925.
1989 The Kansas City Royals sign free agent Mark Davis, formerly of the San Diego Padres, to a four-year contract. Davis and Bret Saberhagen will make the 1990 Royals the first team ever to have both defending Cy Young Award winners. It will not help the KC club as Davis drops from saving 44 games to only 6.
Playing against the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, Angels outfielders Fred Lynn and Brian Downing crash through the left field fence while trying to catch a fly ball. Lynn makes the catch and it is ruled an out, the umpires reasoning that it is the same as if he had tumbled into the seats.
George Brett has four hits and five RBI in Kansas City’s 8-3 win over Texas, raising his batting average to .401 and extending his hitting streak to 29 consecutive games. The Royals great will finish the season with a .390 batting average.