When did World Series games start being played exclusively at night?
The first all-night game World Series was, coincidentally, the last time the Royals made an appearance, in 1985.
The Tigers clinched the World Championship the year before in a game that began in the sunlight at 4:30 p.m. local time before ending in the fall darkness less than three hours later.
That 1984 Game 5 was on a Sunday, following a Game 4 that began at 1:30 p.m. local time the day before.
The next year with ABC taking over the broadcast from NBC, all seven games had first pitches in primetime.
Since 1984 there has only been a single day game in the World Series: Game 6 of the 1987 Series.
That game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins was scheduled for a 3 p.m. local start on Sat. Oct. 24 back on ABC.
Unfortunately for day-game afficiandos, the Series also marked the first time games were played indoors, so no natural light illuminated that game at the Metrodome.
The Twins won the series the day in a night game for Game 7.
The 1987 day game was just a regularly scheduled event and did not come about because of conflicts with either of the Metrodome's other tenants, the Vikings and the college Golden Gophers.
The Gophers were at Ohio State that Saturday and the Vikings actually changed two game schedules that season to accommodate the Twins.
In a world that may be hard to imagine in 2014, the NFL was at its nadir of popularity in the Super Bowl era in 1987, with a players' strike that season and the use of replacement players in three games.
The Vikings switched home games with NFC Central opponent Tampa Bay from October to November to accommodate the Twins hosting Game 2 the week before.
Originally the Vikings had been scheduled to host the Broncos on Sun. Oct. 25. That game was moved to Monday night, a day after the Twins clinched their first championship.
So why aren't there World Series day games any more? The obvious answer is correct — TV ratings.
As nostalgic as many are about the idea or memory of watching the World Series on TVs in their schools growing up, night games get far better ratings and TV networks can charge much more for primetime ads.
Game 4 of the 1984 Series was the worst-rated game of that series by far. Game 6 of the 1987 Series drew a 20.9 rating, which was down from the three games that preceded it and the 32.6 number Game 7 received the next day at night.
In 2009, MLB tried to address the issue of games going too long into the night by moving World Series game times to their current 7:07 p.m. CDT starts. Before that they had been 30 minutes later.
But don't expect a day game any time soon, even on a Saturday.
"It certainly was considered," Fox Sports president Ed Goren said in 2009 in an MLB.com article. "And the Commissioner has certainly expressed his interest in it. But it gets back to economics: What I do know, from our research people, is that if we played Saturday afternoon, viewership would be 30 percent lower. And there would be an economic impact to that."
Commissioner Bud Selig also addressed the day game issue that year.
"We'll certainly continue to talk about it," Selig said. "But, as I said, our goal is to have the largest number of people watching, and the truth is the potential audience is 30 percent greater in primetime at night.
"This really is a reasonable hour. Young fans were one of the reasons we wanted to do it, but, again, our goal was to have the largest possible audience. This is a real change for us, in a very positive way - something I have had very strong feelings about for a long time."
With no East Coast teams in the Series this year, the game times for fans of the Royals and Giants may be OK, as long as the games stay within 4 hours.
With Comissioner-elect Rob Manfred stating that length of games will be a point of emphasis in his administration, it's possible that a WS day game could come about again in the future.