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Top 17 Most Controversial Sports Calls

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11. The Great Pine Tar Debacle

1983 MLB Regular Season: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees: Kansas City’s George Brett slammed a two-run homer into the stands and began rounding the bases. Yankees manager Billy Martin, suspicious of Brett’s bat, ordered his bat boy to give the questioned bat to umpire Tim McClelland. McClelland examined the bat and determined that it was in violation of the pine tar rule which states that the handle of a bat cannot be treated with any substance higher than 18 inches. Brett was thrown out of the game and he threw an epic meltdown.

The Royals challenged McClelland’s decision to throw Brett out of the game. The league agreed that the punishment was too harsh and that Brett ‘s bat should have been taken but he should not have been thrown out. The completion of the controversial game did not come for 25 days, with the Royals beating the Yankees—fair and square. (Photo: AP)

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