Posted on October 14 2019
Based in Missouri, the Kansas City Royals are members of the Major League Baseball’s American League, Central Division. In 1969, they were the best team in the recent expansion of the four additional teams. When playing at home, the Royals originally played at the old Municipal Stadium. Then in 1973, they moved to the brand-new Royals Stadium. After a major renovation in 1993, it was renamed The Kaufmann Stadium.
In the Beginning
After the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1967, the Royals became the home team of Kansas City. Lou Piniella, their young and impressive outfielder, was named Rookie of the Year in 1969. In the ‘70s, after moving to their new stadium, the team focused on pitching and speed. In 1973, the Royals signed George Brett to play third base. He would remain for 20 years and become the centerpiece of the team. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, the team continued to grow in talent and won several Division Titles.
Big Win, But Hardships, Too
In 1985, the Kansas City Royals won their first World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Seitzer, Mark Gubicza, and Bo Jackson appeared as Kansas City's newest group of star players. However, during the 1990s, three key players retired: George Brett, Frank White, and Willie Wilson, and the deaths of owners Ewing and Muriel Kauffman and relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry to cancer were just a few of the hurdles the team tried to recover from. It was a long wait for the fans.
Ups And Downs
Finally, 2003 was a magical season for the Kansas City Royals. The team had its first winning record since 1994 and stayed in the race for the pennant until the season’s last two weeks. But then, Kansas City finished the 2004 season with a 58-104 record. This was their worst record in Royals history and, in the recent three years, the second 100-loss season. Unfortunately, 2005 was even worse! The next ten years were re-building ones, and they made it back to the World Series in 2014 and 2015, winning in 2015 – the first time in 30 years.
The Team Logo
In 1969, the new team needed a logo and that job was given to Hallmark Cards, which has been based in Kansas City since the early 1900s. Throughout its lifetime, the logo of the Kansas City Royals has gone through only very minor changes – unlike most of MLB’s teams.
The “KC” script lettering is featured on team caps and home uniforms. The “Crown” logo is posted more than 100 feet tall above Kaufman Stadium, making it professional sport’s most recognizable scoreboard.
Who do you think is the best Kansas City Royals player? Is it George Brett? Bo Jackson? What about Cookie Rojas or Mike Sweeney? And who could forget outfielder Willie Wilson? The Royals may have had their ups and downs, but they also have some outstanding players in their Hall of Fame.
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