This Date In Royals History – October 4, 1972
Though we thought the Royals might be closing out the Metrodome, it looks like the old homer haven has been given at least one last MLB reprieve. Tuesday’s game for the AL Central Championship should be intense and interesting – maybe indoor baseball in Minnesota has a few more weeks. We’ll soon find out.
However on Wednesday, October 4, 1972, the Royals did indeed close out the history of a historic ballpark right here at home. Though Royals Stadium was intended to debut in 1972, a construction strike had made another season at Municipal Stadium necessary instead. Professional baseball in Kansas City was ending a run at 22nd and Brooklyn that had begun in 1923 with the opening of Muehlebach Field which in turn had been known as Ruppert Stadium, Blues Stadium and finally Municipal Stadium.
The last game would be memorable for Royals pitcher Roger Nelson who fired a complete game two-hit shutout helping Kansas City defeat the Texas Rangers 4-0.
Just A Bit More: Roger Nelson was Kansas City’s first choice in the 1968 Expansion Draft and was a key member of those initial Royals clubs. This was his final appearance in his first stint with the Royals as he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds during the off-season with Richie Scheinblum in exchange for Wayne Simpson and Hal McRae. Nelson returned to the Royals in 1976 when he made three September relief appearances which were the last of his major league career.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)