McDonald: An oral history of the 1985 World Series

From Anna McDonald at on October 30, 2015:

It was nine months after the last out of the 1985 World Series.

George Brett’s Kansas City Royals had won the Series, and now he was in the middle of another baseball season. Brett walked into Dick Howser’s hospital room and was shocked by a picture he saw.

His beloved manager, seeming confused and disorientated at the 1986 All-Star Game, had been flown back to Kansas City, Mo., in the middle of the night after he managed the game. Within a couple of days, Howser was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and surgery to remove the mass in his brain was scheduled immediately.

“I walked into his room and he had a picture of me and him,” Brett said recently. “I just lost it.”

Brett knew Howser well from when Howser was a coach and later manager with the Yankees. By the time Howser joined the Royals in the summer of 1981, he and Brett already had a strong bond. What surprised Brett in the hospital was understanding for the first time how special their friendship was to Howser.

During the following 11 months that Howser was sick, the 1985 World Series took on a new, larger meaning for everyone involved.

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Originally published: October 30, 2015. Last Updated: October 30, 2015.