As Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals joined the league as an expansion team in 1969, 2019 marks the 50th season for the team. But not everyone realizes that Kansas City had a professional baseball team prior to the Royals: the Kansas City Athletics. This team would move to Oakland in 1968, where it continues to be "the Oakland A's" all these years later.
The Royals - a team named following a 1968 name-the-team local contest - has two World Series titles and four American League pennants to its credit. Among the Baseball Hall Of Famers that have played for the team are George Brett, Harmon Killebrew and Gaylord Perry, while Bo Jackson and Jackie Robinson also donned Royals uniforms.
The team has been playing at Kauffman Stadium since 1973, and owned by David Glass - a former Walmart executive - since 2000. Its most recent World Series victory was in 2015, over the New York Mets, while 2018 marked a period that fans have been known to call "A New Rebuild."
I had the pleasure of visiting Kauffman Stadium in August 2018 and received a private tour of the Kansas City institution, courtesy of the Royals staff. Special thanks go out to Pam Woodworth, Morrie Carlson and Toby Cook for making these on-site accommodations happen and for also teaching me some of these little-known facts about the Kansas City Royals.
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