Kansas City Royals in History

Events in Sport

  • 1969-04-01 Seattle Pilots trade little-known minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to KC Royals for 2 prospects; hits .282 with 11 HRs & 68 RBI to win AL Rookie of the Year; becomes leading MLB manager
  • 1972-07-14 Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0

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1972-10-04 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1973-04-10 Kansas City Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium with 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers; attendance 39,476
  • 1973-04-27 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0

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1973-05-15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1973-08-02 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win v Chicago WS

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1974-06-19 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby throws his 2nd career no-hitter; beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • 1976-10-14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • 1977-05-14 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • 1977-06-03 Baltimore Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)
  • 1977-06-16 Ron Guidry's 1st complete game, 7-0 over KC Royals
  • 1977-10-06 Yankees win AL pennant by rallying for 3 runs in 9th to beat KC Royals 5-3 in 5th & deciding playoff game
  • 1977-10-09 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • 1978-10-07 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • 1980-08-18 KC Royals' George Brett, batting avg reach .400

  • 1980-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat New York Yankees, 3 games to 0
  • 1983-12-15 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage
  • 1984-07-23 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • 1985-10-16 KC Royals & St Louis Cardinals win their league championships
  • 1985-10-16 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 3
  • 1985-10-22 Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title
  • 1985-10-27 KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series
  • 1986-05-25 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit
  • 1986-06-21 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, signs 3-year contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals
  • 1987-02-02 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • 1987-02-23 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
  • 1987-04-11 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • 1987-07-02 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)
  • 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
  • 1988-07-04 After a poor start to the season Kansas City Royals release Dan Quisenberry (record 5-time AL saves leader)
  • 1989-07-11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
  • 1989-11-17 Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract
  • 1989-12-11 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1990-07-25 KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle
  • 1991-03-19 KC Royals announce they are putting Bo Jackson on waivers

  • 1992-09-30 KC Royal George Brett gets 4 hits to become 18th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1993-05-13 KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR
  • 1993-07-02 Royals Stadium is renamed Kauffman Stadium shortly before the death of Kansas City Royals owner Ewing Kauffman
  • 1995-04-29 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat
  • 1995-07-21 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings
  • 1995-10-01 Cleveland Indians end MLB season at 100-44 to set record 30 game margin over 2nd place Kansas City Royals in AL Central final standings
  • 1997-04-29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • 1997-11-20 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2001-04-02 New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens becomes American League all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th K in a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals; Walter Johnson previous record 3,508 Ks

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 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
  • 2014-10-15 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0
  • 2014-10-29 San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd Baseball World Series in 5 years; SF starter Madison Bumgarner MVP
  • 2015-10-28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5h 9min), Kansas City Royals defeat New York Mets 5-4, also joint longest by innings
  • 2015-11-01 Kansas City Royals win their first Baseball World Series since 1985; rally in the 9th and then break away in 12th to beat Mets, 7-2 in Game 5 in NYC; Royals catcher Salvador Perez Series MVP
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1920-09-22 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 2000)
  • 1923-12-08 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1931-05-26 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1937-05-14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • 1944-10-11 Mike Fiore, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-10-08 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1947-07-06 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-10-04 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953-05-15 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13-time All Star), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1959-04-18 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1961-10-19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • 1961-12-26 Storm Davis, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1962-01-07 Jeff Montgomery, American baseball player (KC Royals), born in Wellston, Ohio
  • 1962-08-14 Mark Gubicza, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962-11-30 Bo Jackson, American College Football Hallf of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1985, Auburn; Pro Bowl 1990, LA Raiders) and baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1989, KC Royals), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1964-04-11 Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1964-04-12 Mike Macfarlane, American baseball catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • 1964-11-10 Keith Lockhart, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Whittier, California
  • 1965-01-06 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965-06-17 Mike Magnante, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965-09-02 Doug Linton, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1967-01-26 Tim Pugh, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, KC Royals), born in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1967-02-26 David Howard, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1967-12-06 Kevin Appier, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Lancaster, California
  • 1968-01-27 Rusty Meacham, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 1968-07-27 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1968-10-13 Julio Valera, MLB pitcher (KC Royals), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-11-08 Jose Offerman, Dominican infielder (KC Royals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-11-16 Chris Haney, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1969-03-28 Craig Paquette, infielder (KC Royals), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969-06-16 Kevin Young, Alpena MI, infielder (KC Royals)
  • 1969-08-22 Hipolito Pichardo, Dominican pitcher (KC Royals), born in Jicomé, Dominican Republic
  • 1969-12-18 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1970-04-11 Joe Vitiello, infielder (KC Royals), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1970-11-24 Jason Jacome, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971-06-25 Michael Tucker, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in South Boston, Virginia
  • 1971-08-10 Sal Fasano, catcher (KC Royals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973-01-14 Rod Myers, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in Conroe, Texas
  • 1973-01-19 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973-11-05 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1978-03-01 Ken Harvey, American baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 2004; KC Royals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983-04-19 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1986-04-18 Billy Butler, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Orange Park, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1987-06-17 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • 1992-05-12 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), dies from lymphatic cancer at 68
  • 1993-08-01 Ewing Kaufman, founder/owner (KC Royals), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2000-01-11 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79
  • 2011-05-25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • 2020-04-12 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), dies at 88