This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: September 16

The Royals’ home game against California was rained out. It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader for September 17. The cold front that brought the rain dropped low temperatures into the low 40s, a welcome feeling after a legendarily hot summer. Meanwhile, Oakland won in Texas, keeping the Royals from officially clinching the AL West title for one more day at least.

1980 news: Polling in the presidential race showed Democrat incumbent Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan essentially even, with about 40% of respondents picking one of them, with independent challenger John B. Anderson lagging behind at roughly 15% support. These polls were released just days before the first presidential debate, set for September 21 in Baltimore. That debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, would feature just Reagan and Anderson; the Carter campaign had refused to participate if Anderson were included, believing the independent would take votes away from Carter. At one point, the league said they would place an empty chair on the stage to represent Carter, but later decided against it.

Today’s birthdays: Desi Relaford (1973), Chris George (1979), Brandon Moss (1983), Jakob Junis (1992)

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