This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: August 14

The Royals had a day off between home series as they awaited a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto was struggling, entering the series with a 48-65 record, although they came to KC after splitting a four-game series in Milwaukee. Of course, the Royals had won three of four games in Toronto the previous weekend.

1980 news: At the Democratic National Convention in New York, President Jimmy Carter gave a speech accepting the party’s nomination. However, convention-goers seemed to give their loudest cheers to Senator Ted Kennedy, who had challenged Carter throughout the primary season. Perhaps worse for Carter was the fact that, after his speech, Kennedy shook his hand but seemingly refused to make any conciliatory gesture with the incumbent. With that, a slight gaffe at the beginning of Carter’s speech (referring to former vice-president Hubert H. Humphrey as “Hubert Horatio Hornblower”), and a malfunction in the device that was supposed to drop balloons when Carter’s speech was over, it was an awkward night for the president.

Today’s birthday: Mark Gubicza (1962)

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