Fun Facts About The Kansas City Royals

The name Royals comes from a rodeo and livestock show.

The Royals were founded in 1969. Also that year, another royal, Prince Charles, appeared on the cover of Time magazine, which asked, “Is Prince Charles necessary?” Maybe not in England, but if he batted .360, he would have found a home on the Royals.

Between 1976 and 1985, the Royals made the playoffs 7 times, won the World Series in 1985 and made George Brett a household name. Brett once said that he could have played another year, but that he would have meant he was only playing for the money and baseball deserves better than that. This is comparison to the quote “I would play another year for the money. Screw baseball,” attributed to just about any player playing today.

The Royals build the team largely on the strength of a quality farm system, in this case an actual working farm where players milk cows and plant crops. The owners believe these activities help them develop more strength and hand-eye coordination. “Once you take a shot of cow’s milk from an udder into your eye, you learn coordination quickly,” said one of the hitting coaches.

Between 1976 and 1985, the Royals made the playoffs seven times, won the World Series in 1985 and made George Brett a household name. Brett once said that he could have played another year, but that he would have meant he was only playing for the money and baseball deserves better than that. This is comparison to the quote “I would play another year for the money. Screw baseball,” attributed to just about any player playing today.

The Royals won the 1985 World Series in seven games after winning the American League Championship in seven games, both times after being behind three games to one. The team was so tired after these lengthy series, manager Dick Howser was quoted as saying they were glad to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series mainly because they didn’t have to travel that far.


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