On this date in 1950, future Kansas City Royals designated hitter Jorge Orta was born in Mexico.
Orta squibbed the most significant groundout to first base in Royals history 35 years later in the 1985 World Series when Cardinals first sacker Jack Clark fielded the ball tossed the ball to closer Todd Worrell. With the Birds up 1-0 in game six and St. Louis leading the Fall Classic three games to two, Worrell, caught the toss with his foot on the bag a full step before Orta's foot hit the base. Inexplicably, umpire Don Denkinger called Orta safe and Kansas City rallied to win the game and, eventually, the World Series.
A .278 career hitter, Orta batted .267 with four homers and 45 RBIs in 1985. He started his career with the White Sox as a second baseman and moved on to the Indians, Dodgers and Blue Jays before finishing his career with the Royals in 1987 after 16 seasons.
Happy Birthday, Jorge. I guess...
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