This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: October 16

The World Series paused as the two teams traveled to Kansas City, with Philadelphia holding a 2-0 edge over the Royals.

Both teams welcomed the day off as they faced injury concerns. The biggest one, and the most famous, was Royals third baseman George Brett’s hemorrhoid, which had become so painful that he left Game Two early. Brett went to St. Luke’s Hospital shortly after the team arrived back in Kansas City for surgery to relieve his pain. Proctologist Dr. John Heryer performed the 20-minute procedure and said that Brett should be able to play in Game Three, although he might not be feeling 100%.

The Phillies were worried about power-hitting left fielder Greg Luzinski, who was battling the flu and had a fever over 100 degrees for two days. Luzinski had missed all of Game Two. Philadelphia catcher Bob Boone was suffering from a foot injury he received during the NLCS, and center fielder Garry Maddox had fouled a pitch off his knee in Game Two. Both were expected to be available in Game Three.

Luzinski stayed in Philadelphia for an extra day of rest while his teammates flew to Kansas City and headed to Royals Stadium for a brief workout. Meanwhile, the Royals had to cancel their planned morning workout due to thunderstorms in the area.

For Game Three, Kansas City would send Rich Gale to the mound. He was set to face Philadelphia right-hander Dick Ruthven, who had gone 17-10 with a 3.55 ERA in the regular season.

Today’s birthdays: Don Hood (1949), Rodney Scott (1953), Kevin McReynolds (1959), Rosell Herrera (1992) 

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