This Date In Royals History – January 5, 1994
When Royals fans think of Vince Coleman (if they ever do) I’d say the first thought is the ‘killer tarp’ in St. Louis that rolled his ankle before Game 4 of the NLCS. Coleman somehow got his leg tangled with the automated tarp system during warm-ups which resulted in a broken ankle – he was done for the rest of the post season so he never saw the field here at Royals Stadium in the World Series.
Many of our friends from the other side of the state reference the lose of Coleman as one of the main factors in their loss to the Royals – however that agrument has an equally (if not more) important corollary that often goes completely unnoticed.
Less memorable would be Vince’s time in a Royals uniform that came nearly a decade later. The Royals acquired Coleman from the New York Mets in exchange for outfielder Kevin McReynolds (returning to the Mets from whince he came to Kansas City in 1991) on January 5, 1994.
Coleman’s time with the boys in blue was not all that memorable, nonetheless ‘Vincent Van-GO” still had the base stealing instincts finishing with 50 steals in 1994 – his single full-season in Kansas City. He is one of five Royals to ever post a 50+ stolen base season – Can you name the others? (see below)
After playing 51 games in 1994, McReynolds called it a career. Coleman lingered a bit longer when he was traded from Kansas City to Seattle in 1995 then playing briefly for Reds (1996) and Tigers (1997) before his retirement.
Royals with 50+ Stolen Base Seasons
Willie Wilson (four times)
Tom Goodwin (twice)
Fred Patek (twice)
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)