This Date In Royals History–1977 Edition: March 27

Kansas City scored two runs in the 10th for a 5-3 win over the Tigers in Lakeland.

Darrell Porter was the hero, as his triple drove in both runs. The catcher also had a home run and a double in the game. Al Cowens chipped in with three hits, including two doubles. John Mayberry had three singles, and Amos Otis smacked a home run.

The Royals improved to 11-8 in exhibition play with the win.

1977 news: The deadliest accident in aviation history to this day happened on the Spanish island of Tenerife. KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736 collided on the runway in heavy fog. Confusion about a clearance from the control tower led to the KLM plane attempting to take off while the Pan Am plane had not yet exited the runway. The airport was congested due to a number of flights being diverted from nearby Gran Canaria airport after a bomb went off there and another bomb threat was made. Everyone on the KLM plane was killed, while all but 61 on the Pan Am plane perished. In all, 583 people died.

1977 news: Closer to home, a massive explosion leveled two bars in Kansas City’s River Quay district. The area had been revitalized a few years before, but its success had attracted attention from some, uh, underworld types. The blast itself happened early on Sunday morning, meaning the area was more or less deserted, but the police estimated 10 times the amount of explosives needed to destroy the buildings had been used, meaning there was a definite message behind it. The bombing was probably the most obvious event in an ongoing war in the Kansas City mafia, and it was definitely the end of the River Quay district as an entertainment destination. It would take decades before the area, now known as the River Market, would again become a popular destination.

Today’s birthdays: Mike Jackson (1946), Dee Brown (1978), Jake Odorizzi (1990), Eric Stout (1993)

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