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The last time the Royals made the playoffs....

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Its been awhile.

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The Royals are on the verge of making the playoffs, something they have not done since 1985, twenty-nine years ago.

The last time the Royals made the playoffs.....

  • "Back to the Future" was #1 at the box office. We are one year away from being in the future year Marty McFly travels to in "Back to the Future II" (where the Chicago Cubs play the Miami Gators in the World Series.)
  • The top song on Billboard's chart was "Saving All My Love For You" by Whitney Houston, off her debut album.
  • The first Nintendo home video game console ever sold in the United States had just been released with the brand new game "Super Mario Brothers."
  • The comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" was just about to make its debut.
  • "New Coke" had just debuted that spring.
  • Pete Rose had just broken the all-time hit record a few weeks earlier.
  • Iowa was #1 in the AP college football polls, led by Heisman finalist quarterback Chuck Long.
  • Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri all played collegiate athletics in the Big 8, which surprisingly, had eight schools. Their football teams that fall were coached respectively by Mike Gottfried, Lee Moon (who had just taken over for the fired Jim Dickey mid-season), and Woody Woodenhofer.
  • Kansas City had just lost its NBA team to Sacramento.
  • Baltimore was the 10th largest city in America with 785,000 people. It now has 621,000 and is the 27th largest city.
  • The median cost of a new house in the United States was $89,000. An average gallon of gas cost $1.09. The average car cost $9,000.
  • Phillies slugger Mike Schmidt was the highest paid player in baseball at $2.1 million per year.
  • The following people were still alive: Cary Grant, James Cagney, Fred Astaire, Liberace, Andy Warhol, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Richard Nixon, Salvador Dali, Ayatollah Khomeini, Roald Dahl, Sammy Davis Jr, Greta Garbo, Cool Papa Bell, and Lefty Gomez.
  • The following people were not yet alive: Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Drake, Robert Pattinson, Ellen Page, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, Kit Harrington, Emma Stone, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Kansas Senate Majority Whip Garrett Love.

So yea, its been awhile.