Don Denkinger Blown Call Video
Don Denkinger is probably best remembered for a blown call he made at first base in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. He will never forget about the blown call.
It was Game 6 (October 26), with the St. Louis Cardinals leading the Kansas City Royals 3 games to 2. The Cardinals had taken a 1-0 lead in the 8th inning on a single by little-used backup catcher Brian Harper after pitchers Danny Cox (of the Cardinals) and Charlie Leibrandt (of the Royals) had battled back and forth all game long. Todd Worrell came into the game for the Cardinals in the 9th inning, first facing Jorge Orta, the leadoff batter for the Royals. Orta hit a slow roller to first baseman Jack Clark, who tossed to Worrell covering first base.
Don Denkinger was the umpire at first base and called Orta safe, even though television replays clearly showed that he was out by half a step.
In case you don’t know, Don Denkinger has held the title since Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. Twenty-five years later and big time fans remember the call that Denkinger made in the ninth inning that helped the Kansas City Royals rally from a one-run deficit to force a game seven. And, twenty-five years later, the fact that the Royals went on to win the World Series in Game Seven still haunts Denkinger. Obviously, Denkinger is in favor of the instant replay for MLB.
Video of Don Denkinger’s Blown Call.