Iorg in 1983 with the Cardinals
|Outfielder / First baseman|
May 11, 1950 |
|April 9, 1977, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1986, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||216|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dane Charles Iorg (// ORJ; born May 11, 1950) is a retired Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder. He played for ten seasons (1977–1986) for four teams, including eight seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. Iorg earned the game-winning hit in game six of the 1985 World Series. His brother Garth also played in the Major Leagues.
Iorg was born in Eureka, California, and he grew up in the nearby town of Blue Lake. 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.
During the strike-shortened 1981 season, he led the Cardinals with a .327 batting-average. He is the brother of former third basemen Garth Iorg; both graduated from Arcata High School in Arcata, California and they played against each other in the 1985 American League Championship Series.
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 six; 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.
Several members of the Iorg family have played collegiate or professional baseball. Dane's brother, Garth Iorg, played for the Toronto Blue Jays and coached for the Milwaukee Brewers. His son Seth played baseball for BYU and his son Court plays for the school as of 2016.
- 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.
- Jim Tommey and Kip Ingle, ed. (1987). St. Louis Cardinals 1987 Media Guide. St. Louis National Baseball Club. p. 153.
- "Dane Iorg". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Court Iorg". Brigham Young University. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference