1999 Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers put on a power display in the 53rd annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field. The teams combined for 10 home runs, tying a series record set in 1996. The Rangers defeated the Royals 11-9, and are now 2-0 against Kansas City in the annual series having beaten them 11-4 in 1986.

The two teams were chosen to honor Nolan Ryan and George Brett, who were two of the seven inductees that year.

Texas used a five-run fourth inning, coming back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 7-4 lead. The Royals tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, but the Rangers scored runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth to put the game away.

Jason Grabowski hit two home runs to lead the Rangers. Five other Texas players hit homers off of two Royals pitcher, including starter Jeff Austin, who gave up six.

Texas starter Brady Raggio, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma prior to the game, struggled as well, giving up all nine of the Royals’ runs– five of which were earned– in his five and two-thirds innings pitched.

For the Royals, Larry Sutton was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He homered, singled and doubled en route to a 3-for-5 performance that included four RBI.