Dane Iorg
Dane Iorg Cardinals.jpg
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: (1950-05-11) May 11, 1950 (age 72)
Eureka, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1977, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1986, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.276
Home runs14
Runs batted in216
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Dane Charles Iorg (/ˈɔːr/ ORJ; born May 11, 1950)[1] is an American former professional baseball first baseman and outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from (19771986) for four teams, including eight seasons spent with the St. Louis Cardinals. While playing for the Kansas City Royals, Iorg produced the game-winning hit in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. His brother Garth also played in MLB.

Baseball career

Iorg was born in Eureka, California, and he grew up in the nearby town of Blue Lake.[2] He graduated from Arcata High School, in Arcata, California.[3] He began his playing career with the Philadelphia Phillies in April 1977, but by that June the club traded him along with outfielder Rick Bosetti and pitcher Tom Underwood to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Bake McBride and pitcher Steve Waterbury.

Iorg in 1983 with the Cardinals
Iorg in 1983 with the Cardinals

During the strike-shortened 1981 season, he led the Cardinals with a .327 batting-average.[4] In the 1982 World Series, Iorg played for the Cardinals, primarily as their World Series designated hitter (the entire 1982 World Series was played under American League rules) and batted .529 with 9 hits in 17 at-bats as the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. On July 15, 1984, the Cardinals sold Iorg to the Kansas City Royals.

Iorg is perhaps best known for his game-winning hit in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series as a member of the Kansas City Royals against his old team, St. Louis. The hit came during one of only two at-bats that Iorg received during the series. The Cardinals had led the series three games to two prior to Game 6; the game is remembered for first-base umpire Don Denkinger's controversial "safe" call of Royals hitter Jorge Orta on a ground ball to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Iorg batted later in the inning with one out and the bases loaded. The Royals trailed, 1–0, until Iorg's single allowed Onix Concepción and Jim Sundberg to score. The Royals went on to win Game 7, 11–0, and give Kansas City their first World Series championship.

Personal life

Several members of the Iorg family have played collegiate or professional baseball. Dane's brother Garth played for the Toronto Blue Jays and coached for the Milwaukee Brewers. The brothers played against each other in the 1985 American League Championship Series. Iorg's son Seth played baseball for BYU and his son Court plays for the school as of 2016.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Dane Iorg Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  2. ^ Edes, Gordon (27 October 1985). "Eureka!--Though for Iorg, it's Blue Lake : Game 6 star has come long way from his window-breaking days". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dane Iorg". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  4. ^ Jim Tommey and Kip Ingle, ed. (1987). St. Louis Cardinals 1987 Media Guide. St. Louis National Baseball Club. p. 153.
  5. ^ "Court Iorg". Brigham Young University. Retrieved September 5, 2016.