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Royals FanFest 2010 – GET THERE FRIDAY… EARLY

Not just one…

Sabes.jpgOr even two…

cone_david_s_01.jpgBut all three Royals Cy Young Award Winners…


At Royals FanFest This Friday!


All three Kansas City Cy Young Award winners will take part in a one-of-a-kind autograph session at FanFest on Friday, January 15 from 3:30-4:30 pm – Get there early and you may get a chance to take part.


The first 4,000 fans entering the Overland Park Covention Center each day will receive a commemorative Zack Greinke backpack, but prior to 3:30 pm on Friday, 250 of the backpacks will contain winning tickets allowing the holder to enter the one-of-a kind Cy Young autograph session.  All fans with a winning ticket can enter the line, which will begin to form at 2:30pm for the session set to start at 3:30pm. 


Children under 14 who possess a winning ticket may be accompanied by an adult.  In order to get all fans with winning ticket through the line quickly there will be no photos with the Cy Young winners during this particular autograph session and only one item will be allowed to be signed per player.


There will be autographs session with current Royals and Alumni all-day on both days of Royals FanFest Friday (1pm-9pm) and Saturday (9am-7pm). But for your chance at this extra special Cy Young autograph session you must be join us before 3:30pm Friday – Get your tickets now! 


(Curt Nelson, Director, Royals Hall of Fame)

Just Think – We Were That Close

Andre Dawson.jpgIt’s true Andre Dawson doesn’t fit into Royals History, yet it was oh so close – keep reading. But first

I know Andre Dawson was an absolute idol in Chicago during his time with the Cubs. He may well have been the single most popular and revered Cub outside of Ryne Sandberg during the late 1980’s and his 1987 MVP season cemented his place in Windy City baseball lore.

Nonetheless, I sure hope the ‘Hawk’ and our friends in Cooperstown put him in a Montreal Expos cap for his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque. In my mind he became the Hall of Fame player he was north of the border and should be enshrined as such. The Expos may be gone, but they are also part of Major League Baseball’s history and Andre Dawson was one of their brightest stars.

Actually if it hadn’t been for the persistence of Dawson’s grandmother that young Andre go to college…no if and or buts…then the Hawk might have been apart of the Royals championship teams. Read this article and dream of a Royals outfield of Amos Otis, Willie Wilson, and Andre Dawson. Come on grandma, we would’ve sent him to school too!

Congratulations Andre!

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

Royals Birthdays – January 6

Thumbnail image for Royals Scouting Department - 1970.jpg1974 – Alvin Morman (Pitcher – 1999)

1915 – Tom Ferrick (Scout – 1969-??)

Happy Birthday!


Did You Know: If you thought the birthdays for today weren’t of much significance in Royals History, well then you’d be incorrect. Alvin Morman may have only had a cup of coffee with the Royals – that’s true – but the other name was a key cog in the Royals scouting department from the very beginning.

Tom Ferrick had a nine-year major league career (1941-52) as a pitcher playing for the Phildelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and New York Yankees. In fact, he was the winning picther for New York in Game 3 of their sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950 World Series.

But it was as a scout that he made a truly lasting impact here in Kansas City. Ferrick spent much of his time with the Royals as a National Cross Checker and Professional Baseball Scout (one who scouts players already in pro ball for free-agent and trade possibilities). As a Pro Scout he played a large role in the Royals trades for Amos Otis and John Mayberry to name just two. As a National Cross Checker he was a driving force behind the Royals selection of George Brett. He was also the actual signing scout for another big name – Mark Gubicza. How’s that – four Royals Hall of Famers and we just scratched the surface.

Tom was part of a group that included Art Stewart, Rosey Gilhousen and many other stalwarts on that first scouting staff (pictured above- Tom is on the back row third from the left) who helped make the Royals champions…and quick!

This Date In Royals History – January 5, 1994

coleman_vince_s_03.jpgWhen 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)

Amos Otis


(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

Royals Birthdays – January 5

Danny Jackson 2.jpg1974 – Mark Redman (Pitcher – 2006)

1966 – Steve Shifflett (Pitcher – 1992)

1963 – John Davis (Pitcher – 1987)

1962 – Danny Jackson (Pitcher – 1983-87)

Happy Birthday!


Did You Know: In addition to being a pivotal member of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals, Danny Jackson went on to win another World Series with the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and played in the 1993 World Series as a member of the Phildelphia Phillies.

He also lead the National League with 23 wins and 15 complete games with the Reds in 1988 – an outstanding performances that went largely unnoticed because Orel Hershiser was busy breaking Don Drysdale’s major league record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 59. Jackson finished a distant second in 1988 National League Cy Young voting. 

Cooperstown Call For Kansas City…Again

Whitey.jpgLast week we received the good news that former Royals Manager Whitey Herzog had been elected for induction in Cooperstown by the Hall of Fame’s Veterans’ Committee. If you’ve been reading here for awhile you may have seen an earlier post here outlining all the Hall of Fame Members with ties directly to Kansas City – that number has now reached 43.

Much has been made about Whitey’s career as a manger on the east side of the state and for good reason. But the White Rat himself makes the case that his days in Kansas City were just as important to his managerial career. In fact when interviewed by’s Dick Kaegel, Herzog goes a step further saying his chance with the Royals gave him a second opportunity he thought might never come after being fired by the Rangers in 1973:

“I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance, and that’s why I’ve got to thank (Royals GM) Joe Burke,” Herzog said. “I got in there at a very good time with a very good team, and they changed my whole career around. It was a good ballclub. Not only could we hit home runs, we could play defense, we could do a lot of things and run bases.”

True enough and Herzog was seemingly the perfect manager for that group of players. There is certainly no doubting the success as Whitey still holds the Royals all-time best managerial record at 410-304 (.574) including three straight AL West titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

After the Royals finished 85-77 just three games behind the Angels in 1979 Herzog’s time in Kansas City came to an abrupt end. There were clearly some hard feelings and philosophical differences bewtween Herzog and Royals owner Ewing Kauffman that eventually led to the breakup.

George Brett tells a great story of Whitey’s demise as Royals Manager. After the last game of the 1979 season (a tough 6-5 loss here at home), Brett invited Herzog on a fishing trip the next day. Always the avid angler Herzog agreed telling George:

“Sure lets meet here at the ballpark in the morning. I’ll go inside, they’ll fire me – it’ll only take a minute or two – then we can head to the lake.” 

As it turned out that’s exactly what happened, though I’ve never heard if the fish were biting later that morning. Three decades later Herzog concedes there was fault on both sides:

“Part of it was my fault and part of it was not my fault,” Herzog said. “Me and Mr. Kauffman just didn’t hit it off that good. It was one of those things. I was a brash young guy and the next thing I know — we set an all-time attendance record after finishing three games out and winning three times in a row — and I’m looking for a job.”

He wasn’t looking for long and headed east to St. Louis in 1981 to begin another chapter in a managerial career that has now led to Cooperstown. Looking back it worked out for all involved. In the next decade Whitey had great success with the Redbirds reaching the postseason three times and capturing a World Series Championship. Mr. K and the Royals reached the postseason four times with a World Series title as well.

Interestingly, the Royals crown came in 1985 against – nah, you already know that story…

To a ‘Show-Me’ state legend with success from west to east, we offer a hearty and well deserved congratulations from all your fans and friends in Kansas City – Thanks Whitey!


(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

Family Ties – Newest Royals Fan Arrives

It’s been awhile since we last posted here on Royals Then, Now & Forever – but we’re finally back. The main reason was a most happy ocassion for me last week  – the arrival of one Nicklaus George Nelson – born to my lovely sister-in-law Susan and my brother Erik (the most ardent Royals fan who happens to live in St. Louis). We’re not sure yet if he is a lefty or righty, but we thought we might have seen some southpaw potential.

Nicklaus will be raised a Royals fan through and through and he already has the gear to get started. Welcome to the world Nicklaus – can’t wait to see you here at Kauffman Stadium for your first major league game!

Royals Birthdays – December 4

SheridanPregame.JPG1957 – Pat Sheridan (Outfielder – 1981-85)

Happy Birthday!


Did You Know: Pat Sheridan had a couple of key hits for the 1985 World Champion Royals. He actually scored the winning run on Willie Wilson’s 10th inning RBI-single to clinch the American League West title on the next to last game of the season.

He also lead off the ninth inning with a game tying pinch-hit HR at Toronto in ALCS Game 2 which would have been a much more memorable moment had the Royals been able to win that game. As it was the start of the Royals ‘comeback’ was delayed until George Brett’s heroics is Game 3 at home.

After the 1985 season Pat signed as a free-agent with his homestate Detroit Tigers, but we’ll always remember his part in the Royals World Championship. Plus he had one of the best moustaches in club history… 

This Date In Royals History – December 3, 1969

Amos_Otis_S_0c003.jpgJust after discusing Cedric Tallis’ and the early Royals early braintrust’s great success on December 2nd comes December 3rd where they pulled off perhaps the most successful trade (for the Royals) in club history.

On December 3, 1969 the Royals traded Joe Foy (3B) to the New York Mets for Bob Johnson (P) and Amos Otis (OF)…and the rest is history. A.O. went on to become perhaps the ballclub’s first truly “Star” player, he could do it all:


Speed – Amos lead the AL in steals with 52 in 1971

Defense – Amos won the Royals first three Gold Gloves (1971, 1973, 1974)

Hit – Amos collected 1,977 hits with KC with a career average of .280

Hit for Power – Amos led the Royals in HRs four times (Still ranks 3rd all-time for KC)

Throw – Amos led the AL in Outfield Assists in 1970


Five tools and as graceful as any outfielder you’ve ever seen – which was a blessing and a curse. He was so talented and smooth that the game seemed to be easy for him – but this game isn’t easy for anyone. Because it all looked so fluid when he played some thought he wasn’t hustling, but the reality was he was so good he just made it look effortless.

One of the greatest Royals ever. Nice trade Cedric! 

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame) 


This Date In Royals History – December 2, 1970 – 71 – 72

Fred & Hal.jpgToday is one of the greatest ‘dates’ in Royals History, though you may not even know it. In fact if you ever want lottery numbers related to the Royals keep both 12 and 2 in mind.

This is the ultimate Royals Hall of Fame Triple Play – all thanks to the ballclub’s first General Manager Cedric Tallis. Check this transaction line over the course of three straight years:


  • 12/2/70 – Royals Hall of Famer #1

Kansas City trades Bob Johnson (P), Jack Hernandez (IF) and Jimmy Campanis (C) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Bruce Del Canton (P), Jerry May (C) and Fred Patek (SS).


  • 12/2/71 – Royals Hall of Famer #2

Kansas City trades Lance Clemmons (P) and Jim York (P) to the Houston Astros for Dave Grangaard (IF) and John Mayberry (1B).


  • 12/2/72 – Royals Hall of Famer #3

Kansas City trades Roger Nelson (P) and Richie Scheinblum (OF) to the Cincinnati Reds for Wayne Simpson (P) and Hal McRae (OF).


Those are the only trades the Royals have ever made on this date – nothing before or since -which sort of makes you wish the Winter Meetings were this week instead of next. I would have advised Dayton to play off those incredible numbers and try to close his best deal on December 2 if at all possible – it has a steller track record for Kansas City

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)