Daniel Murphy has been scorching hot for the Mets. Alcides Escobar has been equally sizzling for the Royals. Something has to give when their teams meet in the World Series, which starts Tuesday on FOX. It's New York vs. Kansas City, and it's far from the first time these two fine American cities have had a sporting connection. Take a look back at some of the others.
The Roger Maris trade
In December of 1959, Roger Maris -- then a member of the Kansas City Athletics -- was sent with Joe DeMaestri and Kent Hadley to the Yankees in exchange for Don Larsen, Hank Bauer, Norm Siebern and Marv Throneberry. In 1961, Maris made sure no one would forget the number '61' in baseball history.
A double dip of Dick Howser
Dick Howser managed the Yankees to 103 victories in the 1980 season. Late the next season, he was named manager of the Royals and wound up leading the team to its World Series victory in 1985.
Chris Chambliss' memorable homer
Chris Chambliss blasted a home run in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS to lift the Yankees past the Royals. The challenge was getting around the bases as fans mobbed the field. 'I went into the clubhouse and everybody asked me 'Did you touch home plate?,' ' he remembered in 2010. 'I took two security cops and the three of us made our way back onto the field. Home plate was already stolen, so it was a bare ground there but I put my foot on it and we went back.'
The 'Pine Tar Game'
Probably the most iconic moment between the cities happened in a regular-season game in 1983. George Brett hit what he thought was a home run. Until Yankees manager Billy Martin protested to umpire Tim McClelland, who agreed the bat had pine tar too far up on it. Brett erupted out of the dugout, and 'The Pine Tar Game' was forever a part of baseball history. The Royals eventually won a protest and the replay of what was left of the contest.
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Mets deal Amos Otis to Royals
It wasn't quite the Yankees getting Maris, but the Royals made out like bandits when they acquired Amos Otis from the New York Mets in December of 1969. The outfielder went on to be a five-time All-Star and multiple Gold Glove winner during his long tenure in KC.
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A Royals legend dealt to New York
Bret Saberhagen was royalty in Kansas City. He pitched a complete-game shutout to give the Royals a victory in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1991, he was dealt to the Mets in a multi-player deal. The righty's time in New York was nowhere near as successful as his tenure in Kansas City, where he won the AL Cy Young Award twice and was the ace of the staff.
Chiefs KO Namath's Jets in playoffs
Len Dawson and the Kansas City Chiefs ended Joe Namath and the Jets' dreams of repeating as Super Bowl champs with a 13-6 playoff victory on Dec. 20, 1969, at Shea Stadium. The Chiefs went on to beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
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17 years later, the Jets return the favor
Freeman McNeil and the New York Jets had their way with the Chiefs in a 1986 wild-card game at Giants Stadium. McNeil rushed 31 times for 135 yards and scored one touchdown on the ground and one on a reception in a 35-15 victory.
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From the Bronx to the Kings
This wasn't a rivalry, but New York did provide the Kansas City-Omaha Kings with their best player. Nate 'Tiny' Archibald was a standout at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He wound up being the 19th overall pick by the Cincinnati Royals out of UTEP. The Royals moved to Kansas City-Omaha, and a Hall of Fame career was under way.