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Will the Giants and Royals produce more Game Six wackiness tonight in KC?

KANSAS CITY --  Ah, Game Six. History usually records a winner of the World Series in the winner-take-all theatrics of Game Seven. But for dramatics, it's the penultimate game that has usually proven to be the most memorable years down the road.

As I wrote in today's paper, manager Ned Yost came pretty close to channeling his inner Joe Namath when he said the Royals will win tonight and take us to Game Seven. Meanwhile, the Giants are sending veteran Jake Peavy to the mound to try to wrap up their third title in five years.

We're in exactly the spot of one such wild Game Six moment here in Kauffman Stadium 29 years and two days ago. It was on Oct. 26, 1985 in the old days of Astroturf  when the Royals were down to the Cardinals, three games to two -- just as they are to the Giants going into tonight.

The Cardinals were in a 1-0 hole heading into the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Jorge Orta was called safe at first base in a blown call by umpire Don Denkinger that lives in infamy.

You know the rest. Dane Iorg's two-run single later in the inning won that game, 2-1, and the Royals rolled the next night, 11-0, to earn what remains their only championship.

Funny how time rolls. Instant replay, of course, would nullify a Denkinger call today. Which is pretty much why it was brought into use. Here's a look at the Denkinger call and the Iorg single:

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There's been so many incredible Game Six moments the last 40 years. The Carlton Fisk home run in 1975 (preceded by Bernie Carbo's three-run pinch shot in the eighth). Reggie Jackson's three home runs in 1977. The Bill Buckner error in 1986. The Kirby Puckett leap on the plexiglass and 11th-inning home run in 1991. The Joe Carter home run in 1993. The Tom Glavine-Mark Wohlers one-hitter in 1995 that finished the Indians. The Angels' Rally Monkey in 2002. The Cardinals' pair of down-to-the-last-strike rally against the Rangers in 2011.

And MLB.com, as usual, comes through in the clutch today with this video look at those Game Six moments. Probably the best five minutes you'll spend all day. Positively awesome stuff. Wonder if anyone gets added to this video roll tonight.

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