On July 24th, 1983 at Yankee Stadium, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals hit a 9th inning home run off of Goose Gossage to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. After the home run, Billy Martin (Yankees Manager) approached umpire Tim McClelland to protest the fact that there was too much pine tar on the baseball bat. The MLB rulebook states that: "The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from the end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance, which extends past the 18-inch limitation, shall cause the bat to be removed from the game".
The bat was measured, found to have pine tar more than 20 inches from the end and Brett was called out. Brett leapt from the bench in a furious fit and ran toward the umpire and Martin. Brett was ejected, the homerun was nullified and the Yankees won the game 4-3. The game was protested and AL President Lee McPhail ruled the home run should have counted, and that the game was to be resumed.
Three and a half weeks later in front of 1,200 fans, the Royals won the game, with Dan Quisenberry finishing the Yankees in only 12 minutes.
“Smith corks one into right, down the line! It may go! Go crazy folks, go crazy! It's a home run, and the Cardinals have won the game, by the score of 3 to 2, on a home run by the Wizard! Go Crazy! " - Jack Buck