Carpenter’s Defensive Play Already Among Most Memorable
Jorge Orta Is Out. Don Denkinger Disagrees.
What’s The Situation: The St. Louis Cardinals entered the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead in Game 6, three outs away from their second world title in four years.
What Happened: In arguably the most controversial call in World Series history, Don Denkinger calls the Royals’ Jorge Orta safe at first base even though TV replays clearly show that St. Louis pitcher Todd Worrell had beaten Orta to the bag. Denkinger’s call sets the stage for a two-run Royals rally in a critical 2-1 victory.
What It Meant: The Cards didn’t recover, losing Game 7 to the Royals in an anger fueled 11-0 romp. It was the first and only World Series title for Kansas City, who has yet to return to the playoffs. St. Louis would have to wait 21 years for their next championship. The call has even spawned it’s own Facebook page.