Kansas City, MO in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-10-21 Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City)
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • 1913-11-02 St. Louis Browns player-manager George Stovall, fired the previous summer, is the first MLB player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage the Kansas City Packers
  • 1914-05-16 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1919-03-18 Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
  • 1922-05-10 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions

Presidential Convention

1928-06-14 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

  • 1931-03-31 Brilliant Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne (43) is killed with 7 others when light plane crashes on trip from Kansas City to Los Angeles; record 105-12-5 @ .881 remains best ever
  • 1933-06-17 Kansas City Massacre: 1 FBI agent, 4 cops & 1 gangster killed by mob
  • 1934-06-14 WOQ-AM in Kansas City Missouri goes off the air
  • 1949-10-16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-08-01 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-27 KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • 1954-11-04 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • 1954-11-08 AL approves Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • 1956-07-06 Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby hits a second grand slam on consecutive days during Indians 4-2 win v Kansas City A's
  • 1957-06-22 Kansas City stops using streetcars in its transit system
  • 1958-11-11 AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • 1961-03-29 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-02-23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep MLB A's in Kansas City
  • 1967-11-13 NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1970-07-31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1973-03-24 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA professional wrestling champ
  • 1973-07-24 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City
  • 1978-10-08 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
  • 1981-07-17 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • 1985-09-29 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • 1987-08-03 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals

Sports History

1988-07-04 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)

Sports History

1990-10-03 Kansas City 3rd baseman George Brett becomes first in MLB history to win a batting title in 3 different decades; goes 1 for 1 in Royals, 5-2 loss v Cleveland to win AL batting title with .329 average; AL batting champion 1976, 80

  • 1993-07-02 Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri is renamed Kauffman Stadium shortly before the death of MLB Kansas City Royals team owner Ewing Kauffman
  • 1994-06-23 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game
  • 2002-09-04 After blowing an 11-run lead to Kansas City, Scott Hatteberg's bottom of the 9th walk off HR gives Oakland a historic MLB victory, 12-11; A's set AL record 20 game winning streak
  • 2003-04-05 The Kansas City Royals become the first MLB team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100 games the previous year, beating the Cleveland Indians, 2 - 1
  • 2003-10-05 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • 2006-08-13 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner ties Don Mattingley's MLB mark of 6 grand slams in a season when he homers off Kansas City's Luke Hudson

Baseball Record

2007-08-04 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8

  • 2012-07-10 83rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  • 2014-10-29 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner
  • 2015-10-28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5 hours, 9 minutes); Kansas City Royals beat New York Mets, 5-4; also joint longest by innings (14)
  • 2015-11-01 Baseball World Series: KC Royals win first title since 1985; rally in 9th and break away in 12th to beat NY Mets, 7-2 in Game 5 in NYC; MVP: Royals catcher Salvador Perez
  • 2017-09-19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals

NFL Record

2018-09-16 Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road


Famous Birthdays

  • 1841-03-07 William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)
  • 1882-01-17 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1946)
  • 1884-01-12 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1884-03-16 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1957)

Wallace BeeryWallace Beery (1886-1949)

1886-04-01 American circus performer (Ringling Brothers Circus) & actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1889-09-19 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1889-10-25 'Smoky' Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher/outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1890-06-21 Frank Sherman Land, founder of the Order of DeMolay, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1890-06-26 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)

Casey StengelCasey Stengel (1890-1975)

1890-07-30 American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1890-10-01 Alice Joyce, American actress (Song O' My Heart), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1892-06-06 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1893-07-25 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying The Piper; Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1896-11-25 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1899-01-15 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1899-05-02 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1901-03-16 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1903-01-06 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1904-08-12 Kay Campbell [Catherine Hibben], American actress (All My Children), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1905-07-19 Edgar Snow, American author and journalist (Red star over China), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1905-08-21 Friz Freleng, American animator for Warner Bros cartoons (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1907-12-03 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1909-03-27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1910-12-25 Marguerite Churchill, American actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2000)

Jean HarlowJean Harlow (1911-1937)

1911-03-03 American actress and 1930s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8; Bombshell), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1911-08-13 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1911-10-24 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)

Buck O'NeilBuck O'Neil (1911-2006)

1911-11-13 American Baseball HOF coach (1st African-American coach in MLB) and first baseman (NgL World Series 1942; 2 x NgL All Star; KC Monarchs), born in Carrabelle, Florida

  • 1915-11-23 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1916-01-23 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist best known for his war photography, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1916-04-13 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1916-10-03 Shelby Storck, American television producer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1916-10-17 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1919-03-14 Luther Henderson Jr, American orchestra leader (Polly Bergen Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1922-07-30 Henry W. Bloch, American businessman (co-founder of H&R Block) and philanthropist, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1923-02-18 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1923-07-12 James E. Gunn, American sci-fi author (The Listeners, Station in Space, Immortal), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1924-08-17 Evan Connell, American author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)

Robert AltmanRobert Altman (1925-2006)

1925-02-20 American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1926-08-29 Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927-05-22 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)

Burt BacharachBurt Bacharach (94 years old)

1928-05-12 American Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer ("I'll Never Fall in Love Again"; "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"; "Promises, Promises"), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1928-08-07 Herb Reed, American musician and vocalist (The Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1929-01-05 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"; "Let's Work Together"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1931-02-09 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1931-04-01 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1933-01-14 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1934-12-25 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1935-12-05 Calvin Trillin, American author (New Yorker), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1936-08-26 Yvette Vickers, American actress (Attack of 50' Woman), Playboy playmate (July 1959), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. c. 2010)
  • 1936-10-19 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic", born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1936-12-04 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1937-05-14 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1987)
  • 1939-02-12 John D Hancock, American actor and director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939-06-17 James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1940-06-30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1941-05-10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1941-10-04 Lori Saunders, Kansas City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails)
  • 1943-12-07 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1944-03-07 Michael Rosbash, American geneticist (Nobel Prize 2017, Drosophila period gene), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1945-02-22 Leslie Charleson, American actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1947-07-06 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-09-27 Mary Jo White, American lawyer and Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948-03-28 Dianne Wiest, American Academy, Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Award-winning stage and screen actress (Bullets Over Broadway; Parenthood; Hannah & Her Sisters), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948-12-14 Dee Wallace Stone [Deanna Bowers], American actress (Critters, 10, ET), born in Kansas City, Kanasas
  • 1949-04-04 Larry Lingle, American rock guitarist (The Four Seasons, 1979-93), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949-06-14 Rochelle Firestone, American actress (Hellhole), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Tom WatsonTom Watson (73 years old)

1949-09-04 American golfer (8-time major winner; British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1949-10-04 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1950-01-25 Michael Cotten, American rock synthesizer (Tubes) and art designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1951-07-09 Chris Cooper, American actor (Thousand Pieces of Gold, Matewan), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1951-07-18 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1951-07-23 Edie McClurg, American actress (Cinderella-1985, Hogan Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1952-07-05 David Dreier, American entrepreneur and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1952-07-17 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist ("Lotta Love"; "I Only Want To Be With You"), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1997)
  • 1954-08-02 Lisa Brown, American actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1955-05-03 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1956-02-22 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1957-10-27 Jeff East, American actor (Huckleberry Finn, Superman), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1957-12-21 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1958-07-30 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist ("Double Rainbow"; "Pride And Joy"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • 1959-09-05 Tom Pernice Jr., American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1960-07-02 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1962-12-24 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1963-01-02 David Cone, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1999; AL Cy Young Award 1994; 5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1992 Toronto Blue Jays; 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1965-01-06 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967-07-11 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967-08-01 Lori Endicott, American volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1969-04-15 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-10-06 Darren Oliver, American pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-10-26 Bert Emanuel, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-11-06 Eric Mueller, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972-06-09 Wesley Reid Scantlin, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972-10-14 J. J. Smith, American NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1973-11-05 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1974-02-15 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1975-08-08 Jeremy Scott, American fashion designer (Moschino), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1977-03-22 Joey Porter, American NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Famous Deaths

  • 1994-10-26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"), dies at 65

Buck O'NeilBuck O'Neil (1911-2006)

2006-10-06 American Baseball HOF coach (1st African-American coach in MLB) and first baseman (NgL World Series 1942; 2 x NgL All Star; KC Monarchs), dies at 94