This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: August 7

Despite having one of the shortest trips possible between AL cities, the Royals had an off-day as they left Detroit and headed to Toronto for four games against the Blue Jays. The day off was a bonus since the originally scheduled three-game series was now a four-game one, thanks to an April rainout. The teams would play a doubleheader on Friday, August 8.

The Royals hadn’t faced the Blue Jays since April, when Toronto was off to a surprising start that had them in first place on April 30. But the Jays’ season had gone south and they were now in last place in the AL East with a 45-60 record, 21.5 games behind New York.

1980 news: Hurricane Allen continued to set records, this time for the lowest pressure recorded in the western Caribbean as the storm neared Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Allen’s winds were recorded at a peak of 190 mph, which made it the third-strongest storm in recorded Atlantic Ocean history (it has since dropped to fifth). While the eye of Allen had mostly avoided land, the storm had killed 220 people in Haiti with high winds and flash flooding. The Texas Gulf Coast began preparing for the storm’s arrival as Allen was forecasted to make landfall in the vicinity of Brownsville.

Today’s birthdays: Jason Grimsley (1967), Marc Pisciotta (1970)

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