KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 1985 was the year of big shoulder pads and shows like ‘Cheers.’ Most people in Kansas City remember 1985 as a very special year for our Boys in Blue.
In ’85, people were jamming to tunes to the likes of David Bowie and Duran Duran, and watching movies that became classics like Rocky IV and what about The Breakfast Club? You have 1985 to thank.
But some who lived through that year consider it a blur.
“We like music and we like movies, but 1985...” said Joni Lanbuth.
“I have no Earthly idea, I have senior Dementia,” said Sandy Sutton as he laughed.
That’s because everything popular in that golden era paled in comparison to the blue fever that caught on in Kansas City in 2014.
“I do not know what any of the songs were, I will not know anything else. I will know the Royals won the World Series,” said Jim Chappell, who owns Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum.
That moment he remembered with clarity was the day the Royals clobbered the St. Louis Cardinals in decisive game seven.
“Went down to seventh game, controversial play on first base,” Jim Lanbuth recalls. He sat in the stadium and watched that game.
The controversy he referred to happened in game six when the Royals' Jorge Orta was called safe on a bang-bang play at first base in the ninth inning. Replays show Orta should have been called out, but given life in the ninth, the Royals staged a rally and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory, capped off by Dane Iorg's game-winning two-run single.
“We won the game 11 to 1,” Chappell added of the moment the Royals won game seven.
Every detail is engrained in their memory. Move over Madonna, 1985 belongs to the Royals around here. The 2014 Royals are threatening to make memories of their own for fans, as the club is very close to clinching a playoff spot.