On This Date 10/9/1977

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The New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals for the second straight season in the ALCS, winning Game 5 at Royals Stadium 5-3. The game was intense, with a bench-clearing brawl in the first inning after George Brett slid hard into Graig Nettles at third. The Royals held a 3-2 in the ninth before the Yankees rallied to take the lead as Freddy Patek hit into a double play to end the game and stayed in the dugout long after the game in tears.