MLB World Series

Season 34 Episode 6

Game 6 - Kansas City at Philadelphia (1980)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1980 on FOX
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Game 6 - Kansas City at Philadelphia (1980)

Game 6 of the 1980 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Final Score: Kansas City 1 Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia wins the 1980 World Series 4-2

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Tony Kubek

Tony Kubek

Color Commentator

Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver

Color Commentator

Merle Harmon

Merle Harmon

Field Reporter

Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola

Play-By-Play Announcer

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Final Score
      Kansas City 1 Philadelphia 4
      Philadelphia wins the 1980 World Series 4-2

    • The victory improved the Philadelphia Phillies' franchise record in World Series to 1-2.
      The loss dropped the Kansas City Royals' franchise record in World Series to 0-1.

    • Total attendance for the six games was 324,516. The winning player's share was $34,693.18 and the losing player's share was $32,211.95.

    • Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt was named the 1980 World Series MVP.

    • By using 10 pitchers, the Philadelphia Phillies tied the record for the most pitchers used by one team in a six-gamer World Series. The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers also used 10 pitchers against the New York Yankees.

    • The two teams combined to turn 16 double plays (eight each), which broke the record for most double plays by both teams in a six-game World Series.

    • By leaving 54 men on base, the Kansas City Royals set a World Series record for the most men left on base by one team in a six-game Series. The previous record of 51 was held jointly by the 1935 Detroit Tigers against the Chicago Cubs and the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals against the St. Louis Browns. Both those teams won the Series.

    • By drawing 26 walks, the Kansas City Royals tied the World Series record for the most walks drawn by one team in a six-game Series. The New York Yankees also drew 26 walks in the 1936 and 1951 Series, both times against the New York Giants.

    • By striking out 49 times, the Kansas City Royals tied the World Series record for the most strikeouts by one team in a six-game Series. The 1944 St. Louis Browns also struck out 44 times against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • By batting a combined .292, Kansas City and Philadelphia set a World Series record for the highest combined batting average by two teams in a six-game Series. They broke the record of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers, who batted a combined .290 in the 1953 Series.

    • By not appearing in a World Series until his 18th major league season, Kansas City right fielder Jose Cardenal tied a record for the most season played before appearing in a Series. The other man who had to wait 18 seasons was Washington Senators right-hander Walter Johnson, who began his major league career in 1907 and appeared in the 1924 Series.

    • Philadelphia shortstop Larry Bowa tied a six-game World Series by stealing three bases. He tied Chicago White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins, who accomplished the feat in the 1917 Series against the New York Giants.

    • Kansas City reliever Dan Quisenberry became the first pitcher in World Series history to appear in all games of a six-game series. By finishing all six games he appeared in, Quisenberry tied Brooklyn Dodgers reliever Hugh Casey's record. Casey finished six games (all but Game 2) in the 1947 Series against New York Yankees.

    • Kansas City Royals' left fielder Willie Wilson set a World Series record by striking out 12 times, the most by any player in a Series of any length. The previous record of 11 was shared by Eddie Mathews of the 1958 Milwaukee Braves against the New York Yankees and Wayne Garrett of the 1973 New York Mets against the Oakland Athletics. Both those Series went seven games.

    • The Philadelphia Phillies became the last of the original 16 National and American League teams to win the World Series.

    • The 1980 World Series had the highest Nielsen television ratings for any World Series to date, averaging a rating of 32.8 and a share of 56.0.

    • Soon after this Series ended, the two teams reunited for a Family Feud match for charity. The event was billed as World Series Rematch Week and the Philadelphia Phillies took three of the five games they played.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (on starter Steve Carlton)
      Philadelphia Catcher Bob Boone: Lefty had a real good fastball tonight. He was a power pitcher tonight. We didn't go to the slider so much because the fastball was working so well.

    • (on losing the World Series)
      Kansas City Left Fielder Willie Wilson: I have struck out 12 times in six games in I don't know how long. All that is irrelevant. We lost and that's that. If you want to say I lost it, you can say that.
      Kansas City Second Baseman Frank White: There isn't anything to say. You can't die with this. We have one of the two best clubs in baseball. Why should we be crushed?
      Kansas City Third Baseman George Brett: I've never been in this position before. I don't know what to do. Sure the fans are disappointed, but I think when we beat the Yankees it was like winning the World Series for out town. I expect there will be a parade or town meeting or something like that for us when we get back. Then I guess we'll say our good-byes until we say our hellos in March.
      Kansas City Third Baseman George Brett: Playoff losses are easy to forget, but this is something you cherish, the World Series. It's history. When I get old and gray, this is what I'm going to tell my grandchildren about. I'm not going to tell them I played in the playoffs. I'm going to tell them I played in the World Series.

    • Philadelphia Third Baseman and World Series MVP Mike Schmidt: I'm in a coma. I can't muster the right words to say how I feel.

    • Philadelphia Closer Tug McGraw: I was so tired I didn't think I could make it. The last inning had me so shook up I can't remember too much about it. The eighth, I felt pretty much in command. After the first hitter in the ninth, I was so tired I was concerned.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Bryant Gumbel - Pregame Host & Trophy Presentation, Ron Luciano - Pregame Analysis, Merle Harmon - Pregame Analysis

    • Starting Lineups
      Kansas City Royals
      Willie Wilson LF
      U.L. Washington SS
      George Brett 3B
      Hal McRae DH
      Amos Otis CF
      Willie Aikens 1B
      John Wathan C
      Jose Cardenal RF
      Frank White 2B
      Rich Gale P
      Philadelphia Philles
      Lonnie Smith LF
      Pete Rose 1B
      Mike Schmidt 3B
      Bake McBride RF
      Greg Luzinski DH
      Garry Maddox CF
      Manny Trillo 2B
      Larry Bowa SS
      Bob Boone C
      Steve Carlton P

    • Reserves
      Kansas City Royals
      Ken Brett
      Dave Chalk
      Onix Concepcion
      Larry Gura
      Clint Hurdle
      Pete LaCock
      Dennis Leonard
      Renie Martin
      Rance Mulliniks
      Marty Pattin
      Darrell Porter
      Jamie Quirk
      Dan Quisenberry
      Paul Splittorff
      Jeff Twitty
      Philadelphia Phillies
      Ramon Aviles
      Warren Brusstar
      Marty Bystrom
      Larry Christenson
      Greg Gross
      Tug McGraw
      Keith Moreland
      Dickie Noles
      Ron Reed
      Dick Ruthven
      Kevin Saucier
      Del Unser
      George Vukovich
      John Vukovich
      Bob Walk