This Date In Royals History – October 12, 1988

John Mayberry (Coach).jpgToday is another brief break from playoff memories – though we’ve still got a couple of weeks of October to go through so there are many key games still to come. This month also marks the beginning of baseball’s off-season where moves are made in preparation for the hopes and dreams of the next spring and summer.

On Wednesday, October 12, 1988, General Manager John Schuerholz and Manager John Wathan announced that John Mayberry would be added to the Royals Coaching Staff for the 1989 season. It was a return for ‘Big John’ to the organization after his abrupt departure following the devastating 1977 ALCS loss to the Yankees. The following spring Mayberry was jettisoned to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash and the Royals original power hitter was gone. The parting was a sour end to a memorable Kansas City career which would eventually land Mayberry in the Royals Hall of Fame.

 
Just A Bit More: John is one of fourteen former Royals players to also serve on the club’s major league coaching staff during the careers. How many can you name? (There are three on the Royals current staff)

 

Name

Player Years

Coach Years

Tom Burgmeier

1969-73

1991, 1998-00

Galen Cisco

1969

1971-79

Lynn Jones

1984-86

1991-92

Lee May

1981-82

1984-86, 1992-94

John Mayberry

1972-77

1989-90

Bob McClure

1975-1976

2006-Current

Hal McRae

1973-1987

1987

Dave Owen

1988

2008-Current

Tom Poquette

1973, 1976-79, 1982

1997-98

Jaime Quirk

1975-76, 1978-82, 1985-88

1994-01

Kevin Seitzer

1986-91

2009-Current

Luis Silverio

1978

2003-08

John Wathan

1976-85

1986

Frank White

1973-90

1997-01

 Did you get them all (be honest)?…I hope I did.

 

(Curt Nelson, Director, Royals Hall of Fame)


1 Comment

John was a great Royal. The club?s first legitimate consistent power threat. Not to be a downer, but I thought of John this past week with events surrounding Miguel Cabrera?s ill-advised evening of hard partying. The story as I have heard it, after game three of the 1977 ALCS, John had some friends from Michigan in town. With the pennant close to being sewn up John really tied one on. He showed up the following day in a daze and had a less than stellar game. Whitey was incensed, keeping him out of the line-up for game five (officially attributed to a toothache). He was shipped to Toronto the following spring.

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