This Date In Royals History – September 26, 1969


 
Mike Fiore.jpgThe 1969 Royals were winding down the club’s inaugural season when they made their final roadtrip for a four-game series against the White Sox in late September. Despite the fact all four games were against the White Sox, not all of them were played on the south side of Chicago at old Comiskey Park.

 

On Friday Night September 26, 1969 the Kansas City Royals played a road game against the Chicago White Sox at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Why Milwaukee? Well the story involves current Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig long before he would hold that title. In 1968-69 Selig was doing all he could to return Major League Baseball to his hometown and had worked with the White Sox to have one regular season home game against each American League opponent played at County Stadium. The Royals won 5-3 in their trip to Milwaukee with a ninth inning two-run HR off the bat of First Baseman Mike Fiore (pictured above).

 

In 1972 Mike Fiore was actually traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for himself. On June 20 the Padres acquired Fiore and Bob Chulpsa from the Cardinals for Rafael Robles and a player to be named later. Fiore was traded back to the Cardinals as that player to be named less than two weeks later on July 3. 

 

Just A Bit More: Selig had been working with the White Sox because it was believed they were considering a move from Chicago. But that speculation had just ended when Sox owner Arthur Allyn Jr. sold the team to his brother John the day before on September 25, 1969.

 

Not to be deterred, Selig would eventually acquire the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court just days before the start of the 1970 season and the Milwaukee Brewers were born. (The Seattle Pilots had been the Royals American League expansion cousins in 1969).

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)  

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