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Whitey Herzog

Whitey Herzog

KANSAS CITY -- Hour before the lights came on at Kauffman Stadium in Friday night's Royals-Cardinals series opener, Whitey Herzog sat in the Royals press room and let his thoughts fondly drift back to his time managing both ball clubs.

Herzog, who was largely responsible for revitalizing both Kansas City in the late 1970s and St. Louis in the 1980s, was in town to be honored in a pregame ceremony fitting to his statewide loyalties.

A quick Google search will turn up dozens of pictures him donning the Cardinals red, for the club in which he entered the Baseball Hall of Fame and had his uniform No. 24 retired in July 2010.

After all, his 1982 World Series win with the Cardinals was the only of his career, despite appearing in two more with the club.

But this was Kansas City.

"And I told (Cardinals manager Mike Matheny) I couldn't wear red because I was in Kansas City," Herzog said.

At 83, Herzog is still enthralled with the Royals, especially after last season's playoff run to a seven-game World Series loss.

"I bet you I was more nervous watching them play last year than when I managed the Royals," Herzog said. "I was really pulling for them to turn that thing around, when they were down 6-3 in the sixth inning (to Oakland). . Just to see how good they played against Baltimore and just dominated them."

And for the Royals to keep momentum through the offseason and jet out to a franchise record for 26 wins in the first 40 games, Herzog's excitement about his former club has yet to quell almost two months into the 2015 season.

"I wish I had your bullpen when I managed," Herzog said. "It's one of the greatest bullpens I've ever seen. I can't believe you've got three guys, and even four.

"You better team them in six innings or you don't have a very good chance at beating the Royals."

Herzog's history with Kansas City began before his time as a manager -- back to when he played for the Kansas City Athletics (now in Oakland) from 1958-60 -- and extended long after he moved up Interstate-70 to take the job in St. Louis.

Even after he joined up with the Cardinals, it didn't take long for the Royals to find a way back into his life via the '85 World Series, where they squared off in seven games against his redbirds in what was dubbed The I-70 Showdown Series.

"Both teams were down two games in the playoffs," Herzog said of League Championship series, which that year was first lengthened to a best-of-seven series. "They won in six, we won in seven."

Most memorable from the Series are the missed calls of Game 6, both of which were easily debunked in instant replay and were instrumental in keeping the Royals alive to take the title in seven games.

"What I remember most -- everyone remembers the call, but the big thing is we only got 11 runs in seven games," Herzog said. "We could have won it with 11 runs in six games. Unfortunately, we self-destructed after the bad call.

"Eleven runs in seven games isn't going to win you many World Series."

Decades later, Herzog still won't fall on one side of the fence between his two teams. He caters his answers about his favoritism to the crowds, depending where at in Missouri he happens to be.

"I was fortunate enough to manage three Hall of Famers: (third baseman) George (Brett), and shortstop Ozzie (Smith) and (reliever) Bruce Sutter at St. Louis," Herzog said before explaining how he picks between saying which player was his favorite.

"When I'm in Kansas City, I say George. When I'm in St. Louis, I say Ozzie. And when I'm in Columbia, I say both of them to stay out of trouble."

After retiring, Herzog kept his life rooted in baseball and penned two books; one an autobiography about his time in baseball and another offering his perspective on the state of baseball.

But much to his displeasure, his opportunities to get out in the warmer months and catch a game have grown slim and seldom over the years.

"I think every time the Cardinals have played here since Interleague play started (in the 1997 season), I've been asked to come down here," Hertzog said. "Unfortunately, it seems like I haven't been able to get out to the ballpark as much."

And quite possibly, no opportunity will arise as quite a good as the weekend series beginning that Friday, where both the Royals and the Cardinals would begin the showdown as the two best teams in baseball.

Barring, of course, a World Series rematch.

"I'd like to see the Cardinals and the Royals in the World Series," Herzog said. "I think that would be great, and I think they're both capable of getting there, I really do."

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This Day in Royals History



May 1

1964: Birthday: Jose 'Chico' Lind

1969: Birthday: Phil Hiatt

May 2

1965: Birthday: Felix Jose

1977: Birthday: Luke Hudson

May 3

1974: George Brett is recalled from the Omaha Royals (AAA) for the final time. He replaced Paul Schaal, who was traded to the Angels (4/30/74), as the Royals primary third baseman.

May 4

1969: Bob Oliver goes 6-for-6 to become the first Royals player with six hits in a single game. Oliver collects four singles, a double and home run in the Royals 15-1 win at California.

May 5

1958: Birthday: Dave Gumpert

May 6

1969: Bob 'Hawk' Taylor hits the first pinch-hit home run in Royals history. Batting for Juan Rios, Taylor's three-run ninth inning blast off Dick Radatz boosts KC to 7-6 win at Detroit.

May 7

1980: The Royals set a club record with nine consecutive hits (seven singles and two doubles -- all after the first two batters made out) in the fourth inning of a 12-5 win at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

2011: Eric Hosmer collects his first Major League hit. The fifth inning single comes off Brandon McCarthy in the Royals 4-3 win at Kauffman Stadium against Oakland.

May 8

1948: Birthday: Steve Braun

1951: Birthday: Dennis Leonard

1974: Brett's first home run: George Brett collects his first career home. The two-run seventh inning blast comes off fellow Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins in the Royals 4-2 win at Arlington Stadium against Texas.

May 9

1957: Steve Hammond

May 10

1977: Birthday: Salvador Perez

May 11

1949: Birthday: Jerry Martin

1950: Birthday: Dane Iorg

1950: Birthday: Mark Huisman

2011: Eric Hosmer hits his first Major League home run. The fourth inning blast at Yankee Stadium comes against pitcher A. J. Burnett. Kansas City wins 4-3 in 11 innings.

May 12

1947: Birthday: Bob Heise

1978: The Royals' score a come from behind walk-off 4-3 win against the Yankees at Royals Stadium. The decisive hit is an Amos Otis two-run inside-the-park home run after New York outfielders Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collide.

1984: Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza posts his first career win with a complete game four hitter against Boston at Royals Stadium. Frank White's three-run HR plated only runs of the game.

1992: Royals Hall of Famer Joe Burke passes away. Burke was Royals Club President after serving as General Manager from 1974-1981.

1996: Royals' infielder Chris Stynes singles in the first inning against Seattle at Kauffman Stadium. He then proceeds to steal second, third and homes in the inning.

May 13

1950: Birthday: Juan Beniquez

1976: George Brett collects three hits for a sixth consecutive game breaking a record set by fellow Hall of Famer Rod Carew. The Royals defeat Chicago 13-2 at Royals Stadium.

1978: Birthday: Ryan Bukvich

1993: Two days before his 40th birthday, George Brett collects his 300th career HR making him just the sixth player in history with 3,000 hits and 300 HRs joining Henry Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline. Kansas City wins 7-3 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

May 14

1936: Birthday: Dick Howser

1963: Birthday: Pat Borders

1970: Birthday: Larry Sutton

1973: Birthday: Brad Rigby

1977: Jim Colborn becomes the first Royals pitcher to throw a no-hitter at home. Colborn strikes out six Rangers as Kansas City defeats Texas 6-0 at Royals Stadium.

1993: Kansas City native David Cone wins his first game as a member of the Royals scattering four hits over nine innings. The Royals defeat the Angels 2-1 in 10 innings at Anaheim Stadium.

1994: George Brett is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame and his trademark No. 5 is retired by the Royals Organization. It is the second number retired by the Royals following Dick Howser's No. 10.

1995: Joe Randa collects his first major league hit with a fourth inning single against the Angels' Mark Langston at Kauffman Stadium.

May 15

1953: Birthday: George Brett

1973: The Royals are no-hit for the first time in franchise history. The first no-hitter at brand new Royals Stadium is a milestone as it is the first of Nolan Ryan's major league record six career no-hitters.

1974: Birthday: A.J. Hinch

1984: Birthday: Everett Teaford

2002: Tony Pena is named the 13th full-time manager in Kansas City Royals history. He had been serving on the coaching staff of the Houston Astros.

May 16

1975: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard posts his first career win with a complete game at Fenway Park. The Royals defeat the Red Sox 5-2.

1976: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Larry Gura is acquired in a trade with the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher Fran Healy.

1982: Royals Hall of Fame DH Hal McRae collects his 1,500th career base hit. The milestone was a fifth inning single against Bob Stanley. The Royals defeat Boston 5-0 at Royals Stadium.

May 17

1969: Birthday: Rick Huisman

1976: Birthday: Jose Guillen

1985: The Royals acquire outfielder Lonnie Smith from the St. Louis Cardinals for Minor League outfielder John Morris. 'Skates' was a key contributor in Kansas City's World Series run.

May 18

1951: Birthday: Jim Sundberg

1972: Birthday: Jaime Bluma

1974: Birthday: Felix Martinez

1976: The Royals and Rangers begin the day tied atop the AL West. After their 3-1 win over Texas at Royals Stadium, KC takes sole possession of first place and stays there the rest of the season.

1984: Birthday: Joakim Soria

May 19

1964: Birthday: Luis Aquino

1972: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Paul Splittorff collects three singles among the Royals 20 hit barrage in a 16-1 win at Municipal Stadium against Oakland. He also throws a complete game six-hitter.

1976: Birthday: Chris Fussell

May 20

1977: Birthday: Steve Stemle

May 21

1974: Birthday: Mark Quinn

May 22

1937: Birthday: George Spriggs

1946: Birthday: Jim Colborn

1968: Birthday: Al Levine

1974: Birthday: John Bale

May 23

1980: The Royals defeat the Angels 13-9 in California to take over first place in the AL West. They remain in first the rest of the season in route to the 1980 American League pennant.

1993: Club founder Ewing Kauffman is inducted into Royals Hall of Fame from the field at Royals Stadium. It was his final appearance at the ballpark which would take his name six weeks later.

May 24

1946: Birthday: Ellie Rodriguez

1976: Birthday: Carlos Febles

1991: Former Royals' DH and future Royals Hall of Famer Hal McRae is named the 10th full-time manager in club history succeeding his former teammate John Wathan.

1996: Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza throws a complete game four-hit shutout to collect his 132nd and final win for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals defeat Texas 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium.

May 25

1986: George Brett collects his 2,000th career hit. The fourth inning singles comes off Joel Davis of the Chicago White Sox early in a 2-1 17 inning win for Kansas City at Royals Stadium.

1994: Kevin Appier strikes out 13 in just five innings in KC's 8-3 victory over Texas. He was the first pitcher to ever reach 13 K's in less than six innings pitched. Appier was removed in the sixth with 108 pitches thrown following a 49-minute rain delay.

2002: The Royals defeat the Texas Rangers 6-3 at Kauffman Stadium as closer Roberto Hernandez becomes the 15th MLB pitcher to record 300 saves.

May 26

1984: Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff pitches two-thirds of an inning in relief to collect his 166th and final club record win. The Royals five-run 8th inning rally makes Split the winner in an 11-7 victory at Fenway Park in Boston.

2000: The Royals post a club record with four sixth inning home runs hit by Jermaine Dye, Mark Quinn, Brian Johnson, Carlos Febles. They score eight runs in the inning on the way to a 9-4 win against the Angels in California.

2002: Royals' relief pitcher Cory Bailey is credited with wins in both ends of a doubleheader sweep against the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. He was the first pitcher since David Wells in 1989 to turn the doubleheader trick.

May 27

1968: The Kansas City expansion franchise (later to be named the Royals) is placed in the new American League 'Western Division' for the 1969 season.

1981: Seattle third baseman Lenny Randle gets down on all fours and tries to blow a slow roller off the bat of Amos Otis foul. Royals Manager Whitey Herzog protests interference. Randle argues he was merely pleading with it. Umpire Larry McCoy rules in favor of Herzog. Otis later singles. The Royals win 8-5 at the Kingdome.

May 28

1957: Birthday: Kirk Gibson

1959: Birthday: Steve Jeltz

1969: Birthday: Mike Difelice

1979: George Brett 'Hits for the Cycle' for the first of two times in his historic career. His fifth hit is a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the 17th inning in the 5-4 win against Baltimore at Royals Stadium.

May 29

1995: Gary Gaetti hits two homers in the Royals 12-0 victory over Texas at Kauffman Stadium. Gaetti's two HRs gave him nine for the month of May breaking John Mayberry's club record set in 1973.

May 30

1956: Birthday: Mike LaCoss

May 31

1955: Birthday: Larry Owen

1970: Birthday: Dilson Torres

1975: Birthday: Mac Suzuki

June 1

1977: John Mayberry collects the second three home run game of his Royals career leading Kansas City to an 11-3 win at Exibition Stadium in Toronto.

1984: Charlie Leibrandt collects the first win of his Royals career throwing eight innings and surrendering only one run in Royals 7-1 win at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

June 2

1961: Birthday: Jeff Schulz

1972: Birthday: Raul Ibanez

1973: Birthday: Neifi Perez

1987: Kansas City selects future Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Kevin Appier in the First Round (ninth overall) of the June Draft. They select future big leaguer Jeff Conine in the draft's 58th round.

1998: Fight night broke out at Kauffman Stadium between the Royals and Angels with a beanball war and two on-field brawls leading to 12 player ejections, and an eight-game suspension for Royals Manager Tony Muser and Angels Manager Terry Collins.

June 3

1972: Birthday: Bryan Rekar

1981: Veteran catcher Jerry Grote, who returned to baseball after a three year retirement, hits his first home run since 1976. The Grand Slam helps him set a Royals record with seven RBI in a single game leading the Royals to a 12-9 win at Royals Stadium against Seattle.

June 4

1965: Birthday: Kurt Stillwell

1999: The Royals first game ever hosting the Cincinnati Reds is postponed due to a power outage at the Kauffman Stadium. The clubs play a DH the next day.

June 5

1987: Birthday: Manny Pina

2001: LHP Paul Byrd is acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for RHP Jose Santiago.

June 6

1964: Birthday: Edgar Caceres

1972: Birthday: Tony Graffanino

1977: Birthday: Mark Ellis

1979: Birthday: Jeremy Affeldt

1983: Birthday: Irving Falu

1991: In a game started by Bret Saberhagen and Nolan Ryan, the Royals defeat Texas 4-3 at Royals Stadium in 18-innings when pitcher Kenny Rogers misplays a sac bunt by Kurt Stillwell allowing Kevin Seitzer to score. It was the longest game in Royals history at 6 hours, 28 minutes.

June 7

1944: Birthday: Roger Nelson

1975: Royals scout Rosey Gilhousen signs Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free-agent out of the University of LaVerne (CA).

1983: LHP Charlie Leibrandt is acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for LHP Bob Tufts.

1986: RHP Steve Busby and OF Amos Otis become the first two inductees into the Royals Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Royals Stadium.

1987: Chili Davis becomes the third Royals player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game leading Kansas City to a 10-4 win at Kauffman Stadium against Texas.

June 8

1971: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Paul Splittorff collects the first of his club record 166 wins. Split throws 7.2 innings allowing only one run in the Royals 4-2 win at Municipal Stadium against Washington.

1971: Birthday: Matt Whisenant

1979: The Royals draft two future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the June Baseball Draft. Dan Marino is taken in the fourth-round, followed by John Elway in 18th round -- neither signs. Both high school players decide to attend college at Pittsburgh and Stanford respectively.

1988: Pitcher Jeff Montgomery records the first save of his career in relief of fellow Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Bret Saberhagen. Monty pitches 1.2 no-hit innings to save the Kansas City 5-4 win at Royals Stadium against Oakland.

June 9

1970: Future National Baseball Hall of Fame Member Bob Lemon replaces Charlie Metro as the third manager in Kansas City Royals history.

1974: Kansas City selects future Royals Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Wilson in the First Round (18th overall) of the June Draft. Wilson had been a catcher at Summit High School in Summit, N.J.

June 10

1955: Birthday: Floyd Bannister

2000: David Glass and his family are officially welcomed as the second club owners in Royals history during a pre-game on-field ceremony at Kauffman Stadium.

2006: Reggie Sanders 9th inning two-run home run off Tampa Bay's Chad Harville is the 300th of his career. He becomes just the fifth player in MLB history with at least 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases.

June 11

1973: Frank White becomes the first member of the Royals Baseball Academy to reach the Major Leagues when he gets the call-up from Omaha to his hometown of Kansas City.

1974: Joe Burke is named the second General Manager in Kansas City Royals history replacing Cedric Tallis. The future Royals Hall of Famer had previously worked with the Washington Senators and moved with them to Dallas when they became the Texas Rangers.

1981: The Royals win 10-5 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto in the final game before the 1981 Baseball Strike begins. Play is suspended the following day and does not resume until August 10.

1982: Birthday: Bobby Keppel

June 12

1963: Birthday: Keith Miller

1973: Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White makes his Major League debut. He replaces pinch-hitter Steve Hovley on defense at shortstop to start the bottom of the sixth inning at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Hovley had hit for starting shortstop Bobby Floyd.

June 13

1970: Future Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Cookie Rojas is acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade for outfielder Fred Rico.

1972: Birthday: Darrell May

1989: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Kevin Appier collects the first of his career. Ape throws five innings allowing two runs in the Royals 5-3 win at Royals Stadium against Oakland.

June 14

1967: Birthday: Jerry Spradlin

1973: Frank White collects his first Major League hit. Royals Manager Jack McKeon places his shortstop at the top of his batting order and the rookie singles to center with one-out in the third inning off Doyle Alexander at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

June 15

1941: Birthday: Bruce Del Canton

1976: The Royals pound out a then club record 24 hits resulting in a lop-sided 21-7 win at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Tom Poquette lead way going 5 for 6 with two singles, two doubles and a home run.

1979: Willie Wilson becomes the first Royals player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate leading Kansas City to a 14-11 win at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Wilson hits a three-run shot off Mike Caldwell in the sixth; then a three-run inside-the-parker off Bill Castro in the ninth.

1979: The Royals post the biggest rally in club history coming from down nine runs (11-2) to defeat Milwaukee 14-11 at County Stadium. The Royals scored eight runs in the top of the ninth capped by Willie Wilson's three-run inside-the-park home run.

1995: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Mark Gubicza tosses a one-hit complete game gem against Oakland at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Gubicza walked one with five strikeouts surrendering only a fourth inning single to Mark McGwire in the 7-0 Kansas City win.

June 16

1962: Birthday: Wally Joyner

1969: Birthday: Kevin Young

1984: Birthday: Jonathan Broxton

June 17

1965: Birthday: Mike Magnante

1975: Birthday: Donnie Sadler

1987: Royals Hall of Fame Manager Dick Howser passes away after a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer.

2000: Allard Baird is named the fifth General Manager in Kansas City Royals history replacing the retiring Spencer 'Herk' Robinson. Baird was in thirteenth season with the Royals starting as hitting coach for the Appleton Foxes (Class-A) in 1988.

2003: Trailing 3-1, the Royals send 16 players to the plate and score 12 runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 14-7 victory at Kauffman Stadium against Minnesota. The dozen tallies sets a club record for runs scored in a single inning.

June 18

1963: Birthday: Russ McGinnis

1975: Marty Pattin throws a complete game, five-hit shutout leading Kansas City to a 13-0 win at Royals Stadium against California. Tony Solaita hits two home runs and scores five runs. Angels starter Nolan Ryan last just two innings in taking the loss.

1997: In the inaugural year of interleague play, Royals first baseman Jeff King hits his fourth home run against the National League in just six games. The first inning grand slam sparks the Royals to a 6-2 win at Kauffman Stadium against Houston. Over the first six interleague battles King goes 10 for 21 with 12 RBI.

2004: For the third straight game, the Royals defeat a National League opponent by a score of 10-4. The third comes against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Elias Sports Bureau establishes that the Royals are the first team in Major League history to win three straight games by the same score while scoring at least 10 runs each.

June 19

1958: Birthday: Butch Davis

1973: Birthday: Yasuhiko Yabuta

1974: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Busby throws his second career no-hitter just 14 months after his first. Busby blanks Milwaukee at County Stadium with the Royals winning 2-0 to become the first pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter in each of his first two big league seasons.

1974: Birthday: Doug Mientkiewicz

1977: Birthday: Bruce Chen

June 20

1941: Birthday: Luis Alcaraz

1944: Birthday: Dave Nelson

1972: Birthday: Paul Bako

2007: The Royals play their longest road game in club history at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals prevail at home 7-6 in fourteen innings in a game lasting 5 hours and 21 minutes.

June 21

1986: Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson shocks the sports world by signing a professional baseball contract to play for the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City had selected Jackson in the fourth round of the 1986 June Draft.

June 22

1987: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Bret Saberhagen pitches seven perfect innings before giving up his first hit to Gormon Thomas leading off the top of eighth inning for Seattle at Royals Stadium The pitching duel between Sabes and Bill Swift was won by Swift and the Mariners 2-1.

June 24

1974: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Busby retires the first nine White Sox to set a then American League record.

2001: The Royals reacquire cather Brent Mayne in a trade with Colorado that sends catcher Sal Fasano and pitcher Mac Suzuki to the Rockies.

2004: The Royals trade former American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Beltran to Houston in a three-team deal. Kansas City receives Minor League third baseman Mark Teahen and pitcher Mike Wood from the Athletics along with catcher John Buck from the Astros. The Athletics get pitcher Octavio Dotel from the Astros.

2005: Royals first round draft selection Alex Gordon wins the Golden Spikes Award as amateur baseball’s best player following his junior All-American season at the University of Nebraska.

June 25

1945: Birthday: Dick Drago

1954: Birthday: Bob Shirley

1971: Birthday: Michael Tucker

1984: The Royals post the largest shutout win in club history blanking Oakland, 16-0. Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Mark Gubicza throws a complete game three-hit gem at Royals Stadium.

2002: Tony Pena and Luis Pujols become the first Dominican born managers to oppose each other in a Major League game. The current Royals manager (Pena) bests the former Royals player (Pujols) as Kansas City wins 8-6 at Kauffman Stadium with DR President Hipolito Mejia in attendance.

June 26

1974: Birthday: Jason Kendall

1976: Royals pitchers Marty Pattin (7.2 innings) and Steve Mingori (1.1 innings) combine on a one-hit shutout as Kansas City wins 3-0 at Royals Stadium against California. The sole hit is a sixth inning lead-off infield single by Dave Collins.

June 27

1953: Birthday: Joe Zdeb

1966: Birthday: Jeff Conine

1972: Royals Hall of Fame first baseman John Mayberry goes 4-4 with HR, double and two singles to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win at Municipal Stadium against Chicago.

1974: Birthday: Andy Larkin

1997: The left side of the Royals infield accounts for 10 runs as third baseman Craig Paquette and shortstop Jay Bell each collect five RBIs in the Royals 16-3 win at Kauffman Stadium against Milwaukee.

June 28

1971: Birthday: Ron Mahay

1977: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard tosses a complete game two-hitter leading Kansas City to 3-1 win against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium.

June 29

1936: Birthday: Harmon Killebrew

1973: Birthday: Jason Rakers

1977: Birthday: Shawn Sedlacek

2001: The Royals tied a club record with four home runs in a single inning. Mike Sweeney, Jermaine Dye, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Beltran all homer against Dave Burba in the fourth inning pacing Kansas City to a 5-3 win against Cleveland at Jacobs Field.

June 30

1957: Birthday: Buddy Black

1970: Birthday: Mark Grudzielanek

1982: Birthday: Mitch Maier

1986: Bo Jackson makes his professional baseball debut with the Royals Double-A affiliate Memphis Chicks of the Southern League. His first hit comes in his initial at-bat an RBI single up the middle off Columbus Astros pitcher Mike Cook.

July 1

1970: Royals acquire pitcher Ted Abernathy in a trade with the cross-state St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Chris Zachary.

1971: Birthday: Jaime Walker

1975: Royals Hall of Fame first baseman John Mayberry collects the first three home run game in club history. His three solo shots off Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins isn't enough as the Royals fall to the Rangers 5-4 at Arlington Stadium.

1982: Birthday: Justin Huber

1984: Birthday: Rich Thompson

July 2

1966: Birthday: Tim Spehr

1984: Paul Splittorff announces his retirement from baseball. Splitt finishes his 15-year career as the Royals all-time leader with 166 wins.

1993: Royals Stadium is officially renamed Ewing Marion Kauffman Stadium in honor of the Royals founder. The ballpark would become commonly known as Kauffman Stadium. Its nickname 'The K' is another salute to Kauffman, who was affectionately known as Mr. K.

July 3

1987: Manager Dick Howser is posthumously inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame from the field at Royals Stadium between games of a Royals DH sweep of Toronto. Howser's No. 10 also becomes the first number retired by the ballclub. Kansas City ends the night in first place.

July 4

1944: Birthday: Fred Rico

1969: Bob Oliver caps off a 13-2 Kansas City win against the Seattle Pilots at Municipal Stadium with the first grand slam home run in Royals history. The eighth inning blast goes off pitcher Jim Bouton author of the famous baseball book 'Ball Four'.

July 5

1966: Birthday: Dave Eiland

1970: Birthday: Doug Bochter

1989: Royals pitcher Charlie Leibrandt surrenders Mark McGwire's 100th career home run, but the Royals rally to defeat the A's 12-9 in 11 innings at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.

July 6

1947: Birthday: Lance Clemons

1991: Danny Tartabull becomes the fifth Royals player to collect three home runs in a single game. Though he is the first Royals player to accomplish the feat at home, Kansas City still falls to Oakland 9-7 at Royals Stadium.

July 7

1968: Birthday: Chuck Knoblauch

1980: Birthday: John Buck

July 8

1956: Birthday: Terry Puhl

1969: Birthday: Ernie Young

July 9

1937: Birthday: Gordie MacKenzie

1955: Birthday: Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson

1971: Royals Hall of Famer Fred Patek becomes the first Royals player to hit for the cycle. The Royals defeat the Twins 6-3 at Metropolitan Stadium.

1976: Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard outduels Mark Fidrych in Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The Royals prevail 1-0.

1981: Birthday: Tommy Hottovy

1997: Tony Muser is named 12th manager in Kansas City Royals history.

2005: Mike Sweeney goes 5 for 5 helping the Royals defeat the Twins 12-8 at Kauffman Stadium. Sweeney also ties a franchise record with eight consecutive base hits.

July 10

1945: Birthday: Royals Hall of Famer Hal McRae

1984: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett hits his lone All-Star Game home run. Unfortunately it is the only run for the American League in a 3-1 loss at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1987: Birthday: Johnny Giavotella

1989: Birthday: Will Smith

July 11

1968: Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex -- the site of what would become known as Royals Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.

1989: Bo Jackson launches a monumental first inning home run at the 1989 All-Star Game in Anaheim. The American League wins 5-3 and Jackson is named the game's MVP.

July 12

1976: Birthday: Dan Reichert

July 13

1946: Birthday: Jerry Terrell

1967: Birthday: Pat Rapp

1982: Five Royals players -- Brett, McRae, Quisenberry, White and Wilson -- along with trainer Mickey Cobb and Manager Dick Howser are part of the American League All-Star roster in Montreal.

July 14

1970: Amos Otis becomes the first Kansas City Royals player to appear in an All-Star Game. He makes the outfield throw on the famous Pete Rose and Ray Fosse home plate collision at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

1987: Bret Saberhagen is the first Royals pitcher to start and Kevin Seitzer becomes the first Royals rookie to play in an All-Star Game. The NL wins 2-0 at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum

1991: The Royals set a club record with six home runs in a single game in route to an 18-4 win at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Macfarlane (2), B. McRae (2), Brett and Benzinger.

July 15

1972: Birthday: Wilson Delgado

1978: Birthday: Miguel Oliva

1986: Dick Howser manages his final Major League game -- the 1986 All-Star Game in Houston. Frank White's pinch hit home run helps the American League prevail 3-2.

July 16

1960: Birthday: Terry Pendleton

1969: Catcher Ellie Rodriquez represents the Kansas City Royals at the 1969 All-Star Game at RFK Stadium in Washington. He does not play in the game.

1990: Bo Jackson becomes the fourth Royals player to hit three home runs in a single game. Jackson's blasts helps lead the Royals to a 10-7 win at Yankee Stadium.

July 17

July 18

1980: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett begins his club record 30-game hitting streak. Brett goes 4 for 5 with a home run leading Kansas City to a 13-1 win at Yankee Stadium.

1986: Royals third-base coach Mike Ferraro is named interim manager after Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser is diagnosed with brain cancer.

1999: Mike Sweeney begins a career best 25-game hitting streak. Sweeney goes 2 for 4 with a double, leading Kansas City to a 5-4 win at Wrigley Field.

2000: Johnny Damon collects four doubles in a game tying a Major League record. The Royals defeat the Chicago Cubs 12-4 at Kauffman Stadium

July 19

1927: Birthday: Billy Gardner

1979: Birthday: Rick Ankiel

1981: Birthday: Jimmy Gobble

July 20

1990: Royals Hall of Famer Kevin Appier throws a shutout, outdueling Roger Clemens. The Royals defeat the Red Sox 5-0 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Royals Stadium.

July 21

1935: Birthday: Mow Drabowsky

1949: Birthday: Al Hrabosky

1958: Birthday: Dave Henderson

1978: Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff pitches a shutout to notch the 100th victory of his career. The Royals defeat the Red Sox 9-0 at Royals Stadium.

July 22

1973: Birthday: Mike Sweeney

1979: George Brett becomes the third Royals player to hit three home runs in a single game. Brett's roundtrippers help lead the Royals to a 7-6 win against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium.

July 23

1969: Birthday: Henry Mercedes

1979: Royals Hall of Famer Dan Quisenberry records the first save of his career. Quisenberry closes out a 5-4 win against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium.

1994: The Royals begin what will become a 14 game winning streak with a 4-1 win at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The streak was the second longest in club history.

July 24

1973: Royals Stadium hosts the 40th Anniversary MLB All-Star Game. Amos Otis is the first-ever Royals starter and collects two hits and a RBI. The NL prevails 7-1 with San Francisco Giant Bobby Bonds named MVP.

1975: Royals Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is named the fifth manager in Kansas City Royals history.

1983: THE PINE TAR GAME. George Brett's ninth inning home run giving the Royals a 5-4 lead is disallowed and the Royals lose at Yankee Stadium. The ruling is appealed and Brett's home run is later reinstated.

July 25

1972: Lou Piniella makes the only All-Star appearance of his career and teammate Cookie Rojas hits the first Royals All-Star Game home run. They were joined by two other Royals -- Otis and Scheinblum -- at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.

1990: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The Royals defeat the Blue Jays 6-1 at Skydome in Toronto.

1999: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett takes his place in baseball history as he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

July 26

1922: Birthday: Hoyt Wilhelm

1980: The largest single-game crowd in Royals/Kauffman Stadium history (41,860) watches the Royals take on the New York Yankees. The Yankees edge KC 5-4.

July 27

1952: Birthday: Rich Dauer

1961: Birthday: Nelson Santovenia

1968: Birthday: Tom Goodwin

1983: Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry picks up his first win as a member of the Kansas City Royals. In the 5-4 win against Cleveland at Royals Stadium, Perry joined Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the only pitchers to amass 3,500 career strikeouts.

July 28

1949: Birthday: Vida Blue

1960: Birthday: Carmelo Martinez

1964: Birthday: Bob Milacki

1976: Royals Hall of Famer Larry Gura wins his first game as a member of the Kansas City Royals. The victory comes in relief as the Royals down the Angels 3-2 in 15 innings in Anaheim.

1983: American League President Lee MacPhail reinstates George Brett's 'Pine Tar' home run from July 24th at Yankee Stadium. The game is scheduled to resume on August 18 with the Royals leading 5-4.

July 29

1965: Birthday: Luis Alicea

1987: Royals shortstop Buddy Biancalana is traded to the Houston Astros for pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.

1988: Not yet set in the batters box after asking for a timeout and being denied by home plate umpire Mike Reilly, Bo Jackson still launches a long home run. The blast contributes to the Royals 6-2 win at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

1995: Jon Nunnally's walk-off home run in the 16th inning defeats the Tigers 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium. It is the Royals only extra base hit of the game following 21 singles, including five by Vince Coleman.

July 30

1944: Birthday: Pat Kelly

1957: Birthday: Clint Hurdle

1959: Birthday: Mike Jones

2007: Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews takes his place with the greatest broadcasters in baseball history as the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award recipient at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

July 31

1963: Birthday: Scott Bankhead

1972: Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis scores the only run of the game on a fourth inning steal of home at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. It marks only the second-time since WWII that a steal of home accounted for a game's only run.

August 1

1947: Birthday: Tony Muser

1967: Birthday: Gregg Jefferies

1993: Royals founder Ewing Kauffman passes away at his home in Mission Hills at the age of 76.

1998: The Royals steal eight bases, including four by Jose Offerman, to tie a team record during a 9-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

2007: Royals manager Buddy Bell announces his retirement, effective at the end of the season.

August 2

1943: Birthday: Tom Burgmeier

1952: Birthday: Bombo Rivera

1956: Birthday: Derek Bothelo

1969: The Royals sign a 25-year lease for a new baseball stadium to be located within Truman Sports Complex.

1973: Hall of Famer George Brett records the first hit of his Major League career.

1979: Birthday: Humberto Quintero

1987: Kevin Seitzer becomes the second Royals player to post a six-hit game.

August 3

1973: Birthday: Blake Stein

1982: Royals Hall of Famer Frank White becomes the first Royals player to hit for the cycle for a second time.

1994: The Royals host their first 'Salute the Negro Leagues' donning the uniforms of the 1924 Negro World Series champion Kansas City Monarchs.

August 4

2007: Alex Rodriguez homers off Royals pitcher Kyle Davies for his milestone 500th career home run.

August 5

1943: Birthday: Nelson Briles

1977: Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry becomes the second Royals player to hit for the cycle.

1984: The Royals sweep a doubleheader against Detroit, winning 5-4 and 5-0, in a 1984 ALCS preview at Tiger Stadium.

August 6

1954: Birthday: Ken Phelps

1966: Birthday: Stan Belinda

1976: Birthday: Kris Wilson

1983: Royals pitcher Eric Rasmussen throws a 4-0 shutout against the Boston Red Sox in his first American League outing.

August 7

1967: Birthday: Jason Grimsley

1970: Birthday: Marc Pisciotta

1999: George Brett is officially welcomed back to Kauffman Stadium for the first time as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. He was inducted in Cooperstown on July 25, 1999.

August 8

1976: The White Sox defeat the Royals, 5-2, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park while wearing shorts. In the nightcap, the Royals defeat Chicago, 7-1, with the White Sox back in long pants.

1977: Birthday: Jeremy Hill

1978: Birthday: Alexis Gomez

1989: Birthday: Blake Wood

August 9

1966: Birthday: Bob Scanlon

1976: The Royals defeat the Yankees, 8-2, at Royals Stadium in front of the first-ever Kansas City crowd of more than 40,000.

2003: Carlos Beltran hits his 100th career home run in a 6-2 win against Tampa Bay.

August 10

1970: The Royals Baseball Academy opens in Sarasota, Fla.

1971: Birthday: Sal Fasano

2006: In the finale of a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, Curt Schilling gives up 10 extra-base hits, tying an American League record set by Dale Gear in 1901. The Royals win, 5-4, at Kauffman Stadium.

2011: Royals catcher Salvador Perez makes his Major League debut. He collects his first career base hit and picks off two Tampa Bay base runners.

August 11

1938: Birthday: Vada Pinson

1946: Birthday: Mike Hedlund

1984: Birthday: Melky Cabrera

2003: The Royals and Yankees combine for an American League-record 19 doubles. Kansas City alone collects 11 doubles, one shy of the single-team AL record. The Royals win, 12-9, at Kauffman Stadium.

August 12

1975: Birthday: Luis Ordaz

1996: Mike Sweeney hits his first career home run.

August 13

1972: The Royals turn the first triple play in club history during the third inning at Arlington Stadium against the Rangers.

1979: Birthday: Romon Colon

1980: Birthday: Jonah Bayliss

2000: Mike Sweeney drives in two runs in the Royals' 10-5 win over Baltimore at Kauffman Stadium, giving him 100 for the season. It is the earliest date a Royals player has ever reached that mark. He would go on to set the Royals single-season record with 144.

2004: The Royals hit a then-Major League-record tying two grand slams in a 10-3 win over the Oakland A's at the Coliseum. Abraham Nunez hits the first, breaking Mark Mulder's 1-0 shutout in the sixth inning. John Buck hits the second in the eighth.

August 14

1962: Birthday: Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza

1990: The Royals defeat the Texas Rangers, 1-0, on Jim Eisenreich's ninth-inning lead-off game-ending home run.

2002: Mike Sweeney stuns the Yankees with a straight steal of home in the sixth inning to give the Royals a 2-1 lead at Kauffman Stadium. New York wins, 3-1, in 14 innings.

August 15

1984: Birthday: Jarrod Dyson

August 16

1964: Birthday: Rick Reed

1966: Birthday: Terry Shumpert

1973: Birthday: Damian Jackson

August 17

1959: Birthday: Brad Wellman

1971: Birthday: Jim Converse

1976: George Brett ends the game with a walk-off steal of home in the tenth inning to beat the Indians, 4-3, at Royals Stadium.

1980: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett goes 4-for-4, taking his batting average above the .400 mark (.401).

2006: For the first time in Major League history, each team hits leadoff home runs in each of the first two innings. David DeJesus and Emil Brown go deep for the Royals, and Pablo Ozuna and Jermaine Dye do it for the White Sox.

August 18

1971: Birthday: Albie Lopez

1982: Birthday: Josh Rupe

1983: The infamous "Pine Tar Game" is resumed at Yankee Stadium. Hal McRae makes the last out of the top of the ninth and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order to complete the bizarre, 5-4, Royals win.

August 19

1958: Birthday: Gary Gaetti

1972: Birthday: Jed Hansen

1980: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett's 30-game hitting streak comes to an end. During the streak, Brett hit .467 with 42 RBIs.

August 20

1963: Birthday: Israel Sanchez

1980: George Brett reaches base six times, going 3-for-3 with three walks, and increases his batting average to .406.

1983: The Royals defeat Boston 5-2 at Royals Stadium to take over first place in the American League West. They stayed in first for the rest of the season on the way to their second consecutive division title.

2005: The Royals snap their club-record 19-game losing streak by beating the Oakland A's, 2-1.

August 21

1983: Birthday: Jesse Chavez

1989: Birthday: Tim Collins

1990: For the first time in the 20th century, two rookie pitchers make their Major League debuts against each other -- Paul Abbott of the Twins and Jim Campbell of the Royals. Abbott takes the loss.

August 22

1969: Birthday: Hipolito Pichardo

1973: Birthday: Dusty Wathan

August 23

1957: Birthday: Mike Boddicker

1960: Birthday: Ed Hearn

1971: Birthday: Allen McDill

1972: Royals pitcher Roger Nelson tosses a one hitter to shut out the Boston Red Sox, 3-0, at Municipal Stadium.

1983: George Brett collects his 2,000th career hit, a leadoff fourth-inning single off Jerry Koosman. The Royals defeat the White Sox, 10-2. at home.

1992: Royals center fielder Brian McRae records an unassisted double play, the first by an outfielder since Bill North in 1974.

August 24

1982: Royals catcher John Wathan steals his 31st base of the season, breaking Ray Schalk's 1916 Major League record for stolen bases by a catcher. The Royals defeat the Rangers, 5-3.

August 25

1979: Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson leads off the top of the first inning with an inside-the-park home run. His run is the game's only one as the Royals defeat Boston, 1-0, at Royals Stadium.

1980: Birthday: Neal Musser

1999: Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery records his 300th career save. He becomes the first closer to record 300 saves with the same team.

2009: Zack Greinke's 15 strikeouts breaks Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza's single-game Royals record of 14. The eventual Cy Young winner throws eight innings in the Royals', 6-2, win against Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.

August 26

1964: Birthday: Chad Kreuter

1969: Birthday: Ricky Bottalico

1980: Royals Hall of Famer Steve Busby posts the final win of his remarkable career.

1980: George Brett records his fourth-career five-game hit.

1984: Greg Pryor ends one of the longest games in Royals history with a 16th-inning walk-off home run.

1990: Bo Jackson returns from the DL and homers off Randy Johnson in his first at-bat.

1991: Royals Hall of Famer Bret Saberhagen becomes the third Royals pitcher to throw a no-hitter, shutting out the White Sox.

August 27

1947: Birthday: Jim York

1951: Birthday: Buddy Bell

1967: Birthday: Brian McRae

1974: Royals Hall of Famer Hal McRae ties a Major League record with six extra-base hits as the Royals split a doubleheader with Cleveland at Royals Stadium.

1978: The Royals defeat Texas, 4-2, at Arlington Stadium to take over first place in the American League West.

1983: Birthday: Billy Buckner

1987: Former Royals catcher John Wathan is named the ninth full-time manager in Royals history, replacing Billy Gardner.

1988: Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza sets a then-club record of 14 strikeouts in the Royals 4-1 win over Minnesota at Royals Stadium.

August 28

1943: Birthday: Lou Piniella

1960: Birthday: Mark Ryal

1972: Birthday: Jay Witasick

1973: Birthday: Kit Pellow

August 29

1979: Birthday: Ryan Shealy

1979: Birthday: Eduardo Villacis

1979: George Brett and Amos Otis hit back-to-back home runs to lead the Royals to an 18-8 win against Milwaukee.

1982: George Brett collects his 1,500th career hit, a fourth-inning single off LaMarr Hoyt.

1993: George Brett steals the 200th base of his career making him only the third player in history to record at least 3,000 hits, 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases. The Royals defeat Boston, 5-4, at Kauffman Stadium.

August 30

1950: Birthday: Dave Chalk

1955: Birthday: Renie Martin

1978: Birthday: Todd Wellemeyer

1983: Birthday: Chris Getz

2003: More than seven inches of rain in less than 23 hours force the postponement of the Angels-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium.

August 31

1968: Birthday: Hideo Nomo

1976: Birthday: Jason Gilfillan

1977: The Royals begin a club-record 16-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory over Texas at Royals Stadium.

1981: Royals Hall of Famer Dick Howser is named the seventh full-time manager in Royals history, replacing Jim Frey.

1993: Royals third baseman Gary Gaetti hits the 239th home run of his career, becoming the all-time home run leader for players who homered in their first big league at bat.

September 1

1946: Birthday: Monty Montgomery

1971: Birthday: Derek Wallace

1987: Birthday: Sean O'Sullivan

2000: Jermaine Dye garnered his second Grand Slam of the season in a 9-5 victory over Tampa Bay.

September 2

1960: Birthday: Rex Hudler

September 3

1962: Birthday: Dave Clark

1970: Birthday: Craig Wilson

1989: For the third time in the 20th century, a single game included seven hit by pitches -- the last resulting in Mike Macfarlane charging pitcher Craig McMurtry. The Royals top the Rangers, 13-2.

1993: MLB owners vote to split both leagues into three divisions in 1994. The Royals moved from the AL West to the AL Central.

1998: Royals acquire pitcher Jeff Suppan from Arizona in exchange for outfielfer Jermaine Allensworth.

September 4

1950: Birthday: Frank White

1957: Birthday: Kelly Heath

September 5

1942: Birthday: Dave Morehead

1971: Birthday: Brian Bevil

September 6

1946: Birthday: Fran Healy

1981: Birthday: Mark Teahen

September 7

1943: Birthday: Tommy Matchick

1954: Birthday: Craig Eaton

1956: Birthday: Orlando Sanchez

1969: Birthday: Brent Cookson

1971: Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis had four hits and set a team record with five stolen bases. The Royals won 4-3 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

1973: Birthday: Jarrod Patterson

1975: Tony Solaita becomes the second Royal to hit three home runs in a single game, but it his fourth hit, an 11th-inning RBI single, that proves to be the difference. The Royals defeat the Angels, 8-7.

September 8

1972: Royals Hall of Famer Steve Busby collects his first win in his first career start.

1978: Birthday: Gil Meche

1989: George Brett's third inning RBI single marks career hit 2,500.

1995: The Royals acquire infielder/outfielder Juan Samuel from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for third baseman Phil Hiatt.

September 9

1968: Future National Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Gordon is named the first manager of the Kansas City Royals. He is the only man to manage both the Kansas City Athletics (1960) and Royals (1969).

1976: George Brett posts the second of his five career, five-hit games. The fifth is a 10th-inning RBI single providing the winning margin in a 6-5 win over the Angels.

1977: Birthday: Kyle Snyder

1983: Birthday: Kyle Davies

2004: Joe Randa becomes the third Royals player to collect a six-hit game. He also becomes the first American Leaguer in history with six hits and six runs scored in a nine-inning game.

2004: The Royals set a club record for most runs scored, defeating the Tigers, 26-5, at Comerica Park.

September 10

1969: The Royals set a then-modern MLB record by using 27 players in a game. The overwhelming numbers are not enough and Kansas City falls, 11-4, to the Angels.

September 11

1940: Birthday: Jack Hernandez

1958: Birthday: Don Slaught

1969: Ewing Kauffman announces plans for a first-of-its-kind baseball school to be opened in Saraota, Fla. The concept would later be named the Royals Baseball Academy.

1988: Birthday: Mike Moustakas

2000: Johnny Damon gets his second five-hit game of the 2000 season.

2001: All games are canceled due to the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. The Royals were scheduled to host Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.

September 12

1982: Looking for his first win, Twins relief pitcher Terry Felton leaves in the bottom of the sixth with one out, runners on first and second and a 7-6 lead. The Royals rally for an 18-7 win tagging Felton with his final MLB decision and a career 0-16 record.

1983: Birthday: Greg Keatley

1984: Kansas City ties Minnesota for first-place and remains in first for the rest of the season.

September 13

1983: Royals Hall of Famer Dan Quisenberry closes out a 4-3 Royals win at Anaheim Stadium. He collects his 39th save and sets a then-MLB record. He finished the 1983 season with 45 saves.

2004: The Royals outhit the Yankees, 18-16, but a 10-run fifth-inning leads to a 17-8 win over New York. Angel Berroa has five hits and John Buck drives in five runs.

September 14

1957: Birthday: Jerry Gleaton

1986: Bo Jackson hits his first-career home run. The 475-foot hit off pitcher Mike Moore is the longest in Royals Stadium history.

1998: Carlos Beltran collects the first hit of his Major League career. The seventh-inning single comes against A's reliever Buddy Groom during the Royals, 16-6, win at Kauffman Stadium.

1998: The Royals become the fifth team in American League history to score in every inning. The resulting line score of '11311324' defeated Oakland, 16-6, at Kauffman Stadium.

1999: Mark Quinn makes a memorable MLB debut going 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs.

September 15

1938: Birthday: Gaylord Perry

1967: Birthday: Paul Abbott

1967: Birthday: Dennis Moeller

1977: The Royals sweep their second doubleheader in two days winning 7-6 and 5-4 against Oakland.

1983: Birthday: Luke Hochevar

September 16

1973: Birthday: Desi Relaford

1979: Birthday: Chris George

1982: Birthday: Ramon Ramirez

1999: Carlos Beltran's first inning, two-run homer gives him 100 RBIs in his rookie season. He is the the first rookie since Mark McGwire (1987) to reach the century mark.

1979: Willie Wilson's third inning inside-the-park home run is his fifth of the season -- the most since Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler hit eight for the Pirates in 1925.

September 17

1937: Birthday: Orlando Cepeda

1956: Birthday: Thad Bosley

1974: Steve Busby becomes the second Royals pitcher to post a 20-game season. He outduels Catfish Hunter with a complete three-hit, eight strikeout performance in a 2-1 win over Oakland.

1975: Birthday: Ryan Jensen

1979: George Brett collects his 20th triple of the season, becoming the fifth player to garner 20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 HRs in the same season.

1980: The Royals clinch their fourth AL West title defeating the Angels, 5-0, at Royals Stadium.

1989: Bret Saberhagen reaches the 20-win mark for the second time in his career with a seven inning one-hit performance en route to his second Cy Young Award. The Royals defeat Baltimore, 7-0, at Royals Stadium.

September 18

1980: Willie Wilson steals second and third in the second-inning against the Angels, earning a then-record 28 consecutive stolen bases. The Royals defeat the Angels, 5-2, at Royals Stadium.

September 19

1979: Birthday: Lenny DiNardo

1980: George Brett goes 2-4 to keep his batting average at .400. The Royals defeat Oakland, 13-3, at Royals Stadium.

2002: Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa is assaulted in the ninth-inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The bizarre scene unfolds near the end of a 2-1 Royals win.

September 20

1948: Birthday: Gary Lance

1948: Birthday: Aurelio Lopez

1954: Birthday: Bob Detherage

1972: Royals Hall of Famer Steve Busby throws a complete game while also collecting three hits and three RBIs in a 9-2 victory against the Angels.

1975: The A's and Royals set an AL record by using 42 players in a nine-inning game. Oakland overwhelms Kansas City, 16-4, at Royals Stadium.

1983: Birthday: Angel Sanchez

September 21

1979: Royals Academy graduate U.L. Washington hits the first two home runs of his Major League career -- one from each side of the plate. The Royals defeat Oakland, 13-4, at the Coliseum.

1984: Birthday: Carlos Rosa

1987: Birthday: Jeremy Jeffress

September 22

1961: Birthday: Vince Coleman

2003: The Royals hand the Detroit Tigers their 118th loss with a 12-6 win at Kauffman Stadium.

September 23

1942: Birthday: Jim Rooker

1977: The Royals clinch their second consecutive AL West title with their 96th win of the season. Kansas City defeats the Angels, 7-3, at Anaheim Stadium.

1977: Birthday: Brent Abernathy

1986: The Royals trade 1985 World Series hero Darryl Motley to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitcher Steve Shields.

1993: George Brett officially announces his retirement at the end of the 1993 season, marking the end of his Hall of Fame playing career. He played all 21 seasons of his career in Kansas City .

September 24

1947: Birthday: Norm Angelini

1965: Birthday: Scott Leius

1966: Birthday: Kevin Koslofski

1970: Birthday: Paul Spoljaric

September 25

1970: Birthday: Ray Holbert

1978: Dennis Leonard becomes the third Royals pitcher to post a 20-win season. The milestone is a complete game victory as the Royals defeat the Mariners, 7-2, at Royals Stadium.

2001: Angel Berroa collects his first Major League hit. The eighth-inning single comes off Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Lima at Kauffman Stadium.

September 26

1968: Birthday: Brian Shouse

1973: Paul Splittorff becomes the first Royals pitcher to post a 20-win season. The milestone comes in a 6-2 victory against the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

1974: Steve Busby collects his then-club record 22nd win with a complete game, 10-1, victory against the Angels at Royals Stadium.

1978: The Royals clinch their third consecutive AL West title defeating the Mariners, 4-1, behind Larry Gura's three-hit performance. By time, it is the shortest game in Royals Stadium history at just 1 hour and 42 minutes.

1979: Royals Hall of Famer Frank White becomes the fourth Royals player to hit for the cycle. White completes the feat with a ninth-inning triple, and scores on an error charged to centerfielder Bobby Clark. The Royals defeat the Angels, 4-0, at Anaheim Stadium.

1988: Mark Gubicza becomes the fifth Royals pitcher to post a 20-game season. He tosses a three-hit shutout with ten strikeouts, as the Royals defeat the Mariners, 5-0, at Royals Stadium.

September 27

1935: Birthday: Dave Wickersham

1974: Al Fitzmorris throws a remarkable 12-inning game, helping the Royals post a 5-4 win against the Texas Rangers.

1984: Future Royal Jaime Quirk hits a walk-off home run in his only career at-bat with Cleveland beating the Twins. The win moves first-place Kansas City two games in front of Minnesota with three games left to play in the season.

1986: Birthday: Vin Mazzaro

1999: The Royals play the Detroit Tigers in the final game at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers win 8-2, and the last batter in the ballpark's history is Carlos Beltran who strikes out against Todd Jones.

September 28

1942: Birthday: Grant Jackson

1958: Birthday: Pete Filson

1980: Birthday: Chris Demaria

1984: The Royals clinch their fifth AL West title in nine seasons with win number 84 in the 160th game of the season. Kansas City defeats Oakland, 6-5, at the Coliseum.

1987: Kevin Seitzer goes 2-4 and collects his 200th hit of the season. He is the first rookie to reach the 200-hit mark since Tony Oliva and Dick Allen both turned the trick in 1964.

September 29

1938: Birthday: Mike McCormick

1949: Birthday: Steve Busby

1953: Birthday: Warren Cromartie

1970: Kansas City and Minnesota combine to use 49 players -- 27 by Minnesota and 22 by the Royals -- to set a Major League game record.

1976: Birthday: Calvin Pickering

1977: The Royals win their 100th game of the season defeating the Angels, 6-3, at Royals Stadium. Kansas City finished the season with a Major League best 102-59 record.

1980: Birthay: Miguel Asencio

1992: Royals pitcher Dennis Rasmussen hurls a one-hit shutout over the Angels in a 2-0 win at Anaheim Stadium. Damion Easley's leadoff single in the fourth inning is the only Angels hit.

1993: George Brett ties the game with an eighth-inning RBI single in his final at-bat at Kauffman Stadium.

September 30

1972: Birthday: Jose Lima

1974: Birthday: Jeremy Giambi

1980: George Brett rallies Kansas City with a three-run walk-off home run capping a 7-5, 14-inning against Seattle. Brett ends the season with 24 home runs and only 22 strikeouts.He is the first player with fewer strikeouts than home runs since 1959.

1980: Birthday: Bryan Bullington

1985: Bret Saberhagen tosses a complete game at Royals Stadium to become the fourth Royals pitcher to post a 20-win season. The 3-1 win over the Angels ties the two clubs atop the AL West standings with six games left to play.

1989: Bret Saberhagen sets a club record with his 23rd win of the season. The Royals defeat Oakland, 6-1, at the Coliseum.

1992: George Brett collects career hit 3,000. The milestone is a seventh-inning single against Angels pitcher Tim Fortungo.

1998: Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher Dan Quisenberry dies of brain cancer at age 45.

2006: The Royals begin a game against the Tigers with a double, single, triple and homerun. Kansas City defeats Detroit, 9-6, at Comerica Park.

October 1

1976: The Royals clinch their first AL West title when the A's falls to the Angels 2-0 in 12 innings at Oakland. The winning HR was hit by future Royal Rusty Torres off future Royal Vida Blue.

1978: The Royals closeout the season with a 1-0 win over Minnesota at Royals Stadium. Kansas City draws 2,255,493 for the season the first expansion club to ever hit the two million mark.

1995: Mike Sweeney captures his first Major League hit with a sixth inning lead-off pinch hit single off the Indians Paul Assenmacher at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

October 2

1949: Birthday: Greg Pryor

1977: The Royals posted their 102 and final win of the regular season -- the most in baseball for 1978. The 2-0 win against the Angels at Royals Stadium is also win No. 20 for Dennis Leonard, making him the third Royal in history to reach that mark.

October 3

1949: Birthday: Steve Foucault

1972: Omaha Royals manager Jack McKeon is named the fourth full-time manager in Royals history replacing Bob Lemon. Lemon continues as manager for the final two games of the 1972 season.

1973: Birthday: Kerry Robinson

1976: George Brett's ninth inning, inside the park HR, makes him 3-4 in the season's final game. He edged teammate Hal McRae for the American League batting crown. Brett finished at .3333 ahead of McRae at .3321.

1982: Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson finishes the season batting .329, to claim the American League batting crown. Wilson finished at .3316 ahead of the Brewers Robin Yount at .3307.

1990: George Brett pinch hits and collects a sac fly in the fifth inning against Cleveland. Later, in the same game, Brett lashes a seventh inning single to clinch his third American League batting crown. Brett finished at .3290 ahead of the A's Rickey Henderson at .3252.

October 4

1949: Birthday: John Wathan

1956: Birthday: Charlie Leibrandt

1962: Birthday: Tony Ferreira

1962: Birthday: Chris James

1972: The Royals play the final Kansas City baseball game at 22nd and Brooklyn, closing out Municipal Stadium with a 4-0 win againat Texas. Roger Nelson pitches a sparkling two-hit shutout.

1978: Kansas City draws even with New York with a 10-4 win in AL Championship Series Game 2 at Royals Stadium. The top six in the order -- Brett, McRae, Otis, Porter, LaCock and Hurdle -- all post multiple hits. Royals Hall of famer Fred Patek posted the sole HR.

1980: Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard posts his 20 win of the season as the Royals defeat the Twins, 17-1, at Royals Stadium. It marks the third-time Leonard would win 20 or more games in a single campaign.

October 5

1957: Birthday: Onix Concepcion

1967: Birthday: Rey Sanchez

1972: Birthday: Yamil Benitez

1972: Birthday: Aaron Guiel

1973: Birthday: Brett Laxton

1977: Kansas City defeats New York, 7-2, in AL Championship Series Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The Royals are powered by HRs from Al Cowens and Royals Hall of Famers Hal McRae and John Mayberry.

1978: George Brett homers in three consecutive at-bats against fellow Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter in AL Championship Series Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. The singular performance is not quite enough as the Royals fall 6-5.

1980: George Brett finishes the season batting .390 -- just five hits short of the .400 mark he chased all summer. The mark is more than enough to capture his second American League batting crown, finishing 38-points ahead of the Brewers Cecil Cooper.

1985: The Royals clinch their sixth AL West title defeating the A's, 5-4, in 10 innings. Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson drives in Pat Sheridan with the winning run on the next to last game of Kansas City's magical season.

October 6

1942: Birthday: Jerry Grote

1960: Birthday: Jay Baller

1968: Birthday: Ed Pierce

October 7

1943: Birthday: Jose Cardenal

1956: Birthday: Rudy Law

1965: Birthday: Enrique Burgos

1977: Dennis Leonard's four-hit game leads the Royals to a 6-2 win over New York in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.

October 8

1944: Birthday: Ed Kirkpatrick

1946: Birthday: Paul Splittorff

1980: Larry Gura scatters 10 hits and throws a complete game as Kansas City defeats New York, 7-2, in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series. Frank White ignites the Royals with a game-tying two-run double in the second inning.

October 9

1944: Birthday: Fred Patek

1980: The Royals score three runs in the third inning for a 3-2 win over New York in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series.

October 10

1980: Kansas City captures its first American League pennant.

October 11

1944: Birthday: Mike Fiore

1945: Birthday: Bob Stinson

1966: Birthday: Gregg Olson

1985: George Brett goes 4-for-4 with two homers, three runs scored and four RBIs. The Royals defeat Toronto, 6-5, in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.

October 12

1966: Birthday: Jorge Pedre

October 13

1964: Birthday: Chris Gwynn

1967: Birthday: Scott Cooper

1985: Danny Jackson tosses a shutout, leading Kansas City's, 2-0, victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. The Royals stay alive but still trail 3-2 in the series headed back to Toronto.

October 14

1954: Birthday: Willie Aikens

1969: Birthday: Hector Ortiz

1980: Amos Otis homers in the second and Willie Aikens goes deep in the third, giving Kansas City a four-run lead in Game 1 of the World Series at Veterans Stadium. Despite another Aikens homer, the Phillies rally to defeat the Royals, 7-6.

October 15

1946: Birthday: Scott Northey

1968: The Royals win a coin flip with the Seattle Pilots for the first pick in the American League portion of the 1968 MLB Expansion Draft. Kansas City selects right-handed pitcher Roger Nelson of the Baltimore Orioles who becomes the first player ever on the Royals Major League roster.

1973: Birthday: Mendy Lopez

October 16

1949: Birthday: Don Hood

1953: Birthday: Rodney Scott

1959: Birthday: Kevin McReynolds

1985: Jim Sundberg's sixth-inning, bases-loaded triple extends the Royals lead to 5-1 and takes out Blue Jays starter Dave Steib. The Royals win American League Championship Series Game 7, 6-2, at Exhibition Stadium. Kansas City captures its second American League pennant with George Brett named ALCS MVP.

October 17

1976: Birthday: Seth Etherton

1980: Kansas City hosts its first World Series Game. The Royals win Game 3 (4-3) over the Phillies in walk-off fashion when Willie Aikens two-out 10th inning RBI single scores Willie Wilson.

October 18

1938: Birthday: Bobby Knoop

1951: Birthday: Andy Hassler

1966: Birthday: Carlos Maldanado

1980: The Royals tie the World Series at two games apiece with a 5-3 win over the Phillies at Royals Stadium. Willie Aikens hits home runs in both the first and second innings to become the first player in history with a pair of two-homer games in the same World Series.

October 19

1956: Birthday: German Barranca

1960: Birthday: Mark Davis

1961: Birthday: Tim Belcher

1964: Birthday: Mike Perez

1967: Sen. Stuart Symington (D-MO) takes to the floor of the U.S. Senate and refers to Kansas City Athletics owner Charles Finley as "one of the most disreputable characters ever to enter the American sports scene." The animosity between Finley and Kansas City leads to the A's departure and an American League promise of a new expansion club in Kansas City.

1972: Birthday: Joe McEwing

1976: Birthday: Jeff Austin

1980: Birthday: Jose Bautista

2007: Japan Series champion manager Trey Hillman of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters is named the 15th full-time manager in Royals history replacing Buddy Bell.

October 20

1967: Birthday: Harvey Pulliam

1968: Birthday: Rudy Seanez

1969: Birthday: Juan Gonzalez

October 21

1983: Birthday: Zack Greinke

October 22

1954: Birthday: Jaime Quirk

1969: Birthday: Hector Carrasco

1985: Kansas City gets its first win of the 1985 World Series in Game 3 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Frank White hits a key two-run homer in the fifth inning and Bret Saberhagen tosses a complete game in the 6-1 victory.

1994: Bob Hamelin is named American League Rookie of the Year. He receives 25 of 28 first-place votes to easily outdistance Cleveland's Manny Ramirez.

October 23

1956: Birthday: Luis Silverio

1976: Birthday: David Riske

1982: Birthday: Denny Bautista

October 24

1985: Danny Jackson stuffed a cork in the Cardinals offense and their celebration hopes with a five-hitter and Willie Wilson keyed an early Royals uprising to force the 1985 World Series back to Kansas City.

October 25

1951: Birthday: Al Cowens

1955: Birthday: Jeff Schattinger

1956: Birthday: Andy McGaffigan

1972: The Royals acquire pitcher Gene Garber in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends pitcher Jim Rooker to the Pirates.

1974: Birthday: Joe Nelson

1994: Kansas City native David Cone is named the American League Cy Young Award winner after posting a 16-5 record with a 2.94 ERA in the strike-shortened season.

October 26

1958: Birthday: Frank Wills

1978: Birthday: Jaime Cerda

1985: Dane Iorg's pinch-hit two-run single in the ninth inning caps the Royals 'Miracle on I-70' win in World Series Game 6 at Royals Stadium.

October 27

1953: Birthday: U.L. Washington

1962: Birthday: Terry Bell

1963: Birthday: Bip Roberts

1965: Birthday: Bobby Moore

1981: The Royals depart Kansas City for a 28-day, 17-game exhibition tour of Japan. They criss-cross the country playing the Yomiuri Giants, Taiyo Whales, Seibu Lions, Tokyo Giants, Hankyu Braves, Hiroshima Carp and a group of Japanese All-Stars.

1985: Kansas City captures its first World Series championship defeating St. Louis, 11-0, in Game 7 at Royals Stadium. Bret Saberhagen tosses a five-hit shutout and wins Series MVP honors.

October 28

1961: Birthday: Bob Melvin

1965: Birthday: Larry Casian

1982: Birthday: Andrew Lerew

1996: The Royals acquire DH/OF Chili Davis in a trade with California that sends Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Mark Gubicza and pitcher Mike Bovee to the Angels.

October 29

1953: Birthday: Randy McGilberry

1984: Birthday: Jose Mijares

October 30

1951: Birthday: Tom Poquette

1959: Birthday: Dave Leeper

1960: Birthday: Gerald Perry

1962: Birthday: Danny Tartabull

1980: Birthday: Mike Jacobs

2008: The Royals acquire DH/1B Mike Jacobs in a trade with Florida that sends pitcher Leo Nunez (aka Juan Carlos Oviedo) to the Marlins.

October 31

1958: Birthday: Paul Zuvella

1973: Birthday: Tim Byrdak

1983: Birthday: Luis Mendoza

November 1

1979: Birthday: Coco Crisp

1997: The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opens in Kansas City.

2011: Alex Gordon wins his first Gold Glove.

November 2

1955: Birthday: Bob Tufts

1976: Birthday: Sidney Ponson

1981: Birthday: Wilson Betemit

November 3

1969: Birthday: Ken Young

2006: Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek wins the American League Gold Glove.

November 4

1961: Birthday: Angel Salazar

1971: Birthday: Melvin Munch

November 5

1942: Birthday: Richie Scheinblum

1973: Birthday: Johnny Damon

1974: Birthday: Jose Santeago

November 6

1969: Birthday: Don Wengert

1987: The Royals trade Angel Salazar and Danny Jackson to the Cincinnati Reds for Ted Power and Kurt Stillwell.

2000: Outfielder Jermaine Dye wins an American League Gold Glove.

November 7

1969: Birthday: Dave Fleming

1974: Birthday: Glendon Rusch

1976: Birthday: Les Walrond

1979: Birthday: Juan Brito

November 8

1968: Birthday: Jose Offerman

1969: Birthday: Shane Halter

November 9

1971: Birthday: Jon Nunnally

1974: Birthday: Jeff D'Amico

1974: Birthday: Jose Rosado

1978: Birthday: Jason Standridge

1999: Outfielder Carlos Beltran is named American League Rookie of the Year.

November 10

1957: Birthday: Jeff Twitty

1964: Birthday: Keith Lockhart

1975: Harmon Killebrew is released, ending a 22-year career.

1982: Hal McRae and Paul Splittorff are granted free agency.

1986: Birthday: Aaron Crow

2003: Shortstop Angel Berroa is named the American League Rookie of the Year.

November 11

1964: Birthday: Roberto Hernandez

1971: Birthday: Roland DeLaMaza

November 12

1961: Birthday: Greg Gagne

1964: Birthday: Gary Thurman

2003: Tony Pena is named American League Manager of the Year.

November 13

1947: Birthday: Gene Garber

1967: National League president Warren Giles says that NL owners will not stand in the way of expanding teams to Kansas City and Seattle.

November 14

1942: Birthday: Denny Matthews

November 15

1960: Birthday: Rick Luecken

1989: Bret Saberhagen becomes the fourth pitcher to win two American League Cy Young Awards.

November 16

1968: Birthday: Chris Haney

November 17

1952: Birthday: Dave Frost

1964: Birthday: Mitch Williams

1973: Birthday: Eli Marrero

2009: Zack Greinke is named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

November 18

1955: Birthday: Luis Pujols

1958: Birthday: Cliff Pastornicky

1967: Birthday: Tom Gordon

1975: Birthday: Shawn Camp

1980: George Brett is named American League MVP.

1985: Bret Saberhagen wins his first American League Cy Young Award.

November 19

1947: Birthday: Bob Boone

1982: Birthday: Jonathan Sanchez

2008: The Royals trade Ramon Ramirez to the Red Sox for Coco Crisp.

November 20

1971: Amos Otis wins his first Gold Glove.

1985: Birthday: Greg Holland

2006: The Royals acquire catcher Jason LaRue from the Cincinnati Reds.

November 21

1973: Birthday: Dan Murray

1975: Birthday: Brian Meadows

1990: The Royals sign free-agent pitcher Mike Boddicker to a three-year deal.

1997: The Royals acquire first baseman Jeff Conine from the Marlins for pitcher Blaine Mull.

November 23

1947: Birthday: Tom Hall

1955: Birthday: Todd Cruz

1963: Birthday: Rich Sauveur

1969: Birthday: Dave McCarty

November 24

1943: Birthday: Bill Harris

1950: Birthday: George Throop

1970: Birthday: Jason Jacome

1973: Amos Otis wins his second Glold Glove.

November 25

1951: Birthday: Bucky Dent

1964: Birthday: Mark Davis

1965: Birthday: Randy Veres

1969: Lou Piniella is named AL Rookie of the Year.

1973: Birthday: Octavio Dotel

1979: Birthday: Matt Tupman

November 26

1947: Birthday: Larry Gura

1950: Birthday: Jorge Orta

1968: Birthday: Hector Wagner

1979: Birthday: Jeff Fulchino

November 27

1974: Birthday: Ken Ray

1977: Birthday: Willie Bloomquist

November 28

1964: Birthday: Craig Wilson

1976: Birthday: Adam Bernero

November 29

1956: Birthday: Rick Anderson

1967: Birthday: Bob Hamelin

2011: The Royals sign Jonathan Broxton to a one-year deal.

November 30

1954: Birthday: Juan Berenguer

1958: Birthday: Steve Shields

1962: Birthday: Bo Jackson

1972: Hal McRae and Wayne Simpson are traded to the Royals from Cincinnati for Richie Scheinblum and Roger Nelson.

1988: The Royals sign catcher Bob Boone.

2009: Mark Teahen is named the Hutch Award recipient from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

December 1

1954: Birthday: Dan Schatzeder

1976: Birthday: Reggie Sanders

2003: Royals re-sign Major League free agent Brian Anderson (LHP) to a two-year contract.

December 2

1970: The Royals acquire Fred Patek (SS), Jerry May (C) and Bruce Dal Canton (RHP) in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends Bob Johnson (RHP), Jack Hernandez (SS) and Jimmy Campanis (C) to the Pirates.

1971: The Royals acquire John Mayberry (1B) and Dave Grangaard (3B) in a trade with Houston that sends Lance Clemons (LHP) and Jim York (RHP) to the Astros.

1972: The Royals acquire Hal McRae (OF) and Wayne Simpson (RHP) in a trade with Cincinnati that sends Roger Nelson (RHP) and Richie Scheinblum (OF) to the Reds.

December 3

1969: The Royals acquire Amos Otis (OF) and Bob Johnson (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends Joe Foy (3B) to the Mets.

1970: Birthday: Paul Byrd

1975: George Brett is named the 1975 Les Milgram award winner as the Royals Player of the Year by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers of America -- his first of eight such honors.

1977: Birthday: Chad Durbin

December 4

1954: Birthday: Tucker Ashford

1957: Birthday: Pat Sheridan

December 5

1970: Birthday: Andy Stewart

1973: The Royals acquire Nelson Briles (RHP) and Fernando Gonzalez (IF) in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends Ed Kirkpatrick (C/OF), Kurt Bevacqua (PH/IF) and Winston Cole (1B) to the Pirates.

December 6

1967: Birthday: Kevin Appier

1975: Dennis Leonard is named the 1975 Bruce Rice award winner as the Royals Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers of America -- his first of three such honors.

1976: The Royals acquire Darrell Porter (C) and Jim Colborn (RHP) in a trade with Milwaukee that sends Jim Wohlford (OF), Jaime Quirk (C) and Bob McClure (RHP) to the Brewers.

1979: The Royals acquire Willie Aikens (1B) and Rance Mulliniks (3B) in a trade with California that sends Al Cowens (OF), Todd Cruz (IF) and Craig Eaton (RHP) to the Angels.

2006: The Royals acquire Brian Bannister (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends Ambiorix Burgos (RHP) to the Mets.

2007: The Royals sign Major League free agent Jose Guillen (OF) to a three-year contract.

December 7

1963: Birthday: Shane Mack

1973: The Royals acquire Lindy McDaniel (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends Lou Piniella (OF) and Ken Wright (RHP) to the Yankees.

1989: The Royals sign Major League free agent Storm Davis (RHP) to a three-year contract worth $6 million.

1994: Topps awards their 1994 MLB organization of the year honors to the Kansas City Royals.

1998: The Royals re-sign Major League free agent Jeff Montgomery (RHP) to a one-year contract.

2003: The Royals sign Major League free agent Jason Grimsley (RHP) to a one-year contract.

2005: The Royals acquire Mark Redman (LHP) in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends Jonah Bayliss (RHP) and Chad Blackwell (RHP) to the Pirates.

2006: The Royals sign Major League free agent Gil Meche (RHP) to a five-year contract worth $55 million.

December 8

1960: Birthday: John Mizerock

1965: Birthday: Jeff Grotewold

1976: Birthday: Rontrez Johnson

1983: The Royals acquire Steve Balboni (1B) and Roger Erickson (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends Mike Armstrong (RHP) and Duane Dewey (C) to the Yankees.

1992: The Royals sign Major League free agent Greg Gagne (SS) to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million.

1992: The Royals sign Major League free agent David Cone (RHP) to a three-year contract worth $18 million.

December 9

1947: Birthday: Jerry Cram

1960: Birthday: Juan Samuel

1976: Birthday: Chris Booker

1977: The Royals acquire Al Hrabosky (RHP) in a trade with St. Louis that sends Mark Littell (RHP) and Buck Martinez (C) to the Cardinals.

1980: The Royals sign Major League free agent Lee May (DH/1B).

1983: The Royals acquire Joe Beckwith (RHP) in a trade with Los Angeles that sends John Serritella (RHP), Joe Szekely (C) and Jose Torres (RHP) to the Dodgers.

1991: The Royals sign Major League free agent Wally Joyner (1B) to a one-year contract worth $4.2 million.

2003: The Royals sign Major League free agent Matt Stairs (DH/OF) to a one-year contract.

2003: The Royals sign Major League free agent Scott Sullivan (RHP) to a two-year contract with a third year club option.

2010: The Royals select Nate Adcock (RHP) in the Rule 5 Draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

December 10

1944: Birthday: Steve Renko

1963: Birthday: Doug Henry

1975: Birthday: Joe Mays

1981: The Royals acquire Scott Brown (RHP) in a trade with Cincinnati that sends Clint Hurdle (OF) to the Reds.

1986: The Royals acquire Danny Tartabull (OF) and Rick Luecken (RHP) in a trade with Seattle that sends Scott Bankhead (RHP), Mike Kingery (OF) and Steve Shields (RHP) to the Mariners.

1987: The Royals acquire Floyd Bannister (LHP) and Dave Cochrane (PH) in a trade with Chicago that sends John Davis (RHP), Melido Perez (RHP), Greg Hibbard (LHP) and Chuck Mount (RHP) to the White Sox.

1998: The Royals re-acquire Joe Randa (3B) in a trade with New York that sends Juan LeBron (OF) to the Mets.

2003: The Royals sign Major League free agent Benito Santiago (C) to a two-year contract.

December 11

1965: Birthday: Jay Bell

1975: Birthday: Nate Field

1981: The Royals acquire Jerry Martin (OF) in a trade with San Francisco that sends Rich Gale (RHP) and Bill Laskey (RHP) to the Giants.

1989: The Royals sign Major League free agent Mark Davis (LHP) to a four-year contract worth $13 million.

1991: The Royals acquire Bob Melvin (C) in a trade with Baltimore that sends Storm Davis (RHP) to the Orioles.

1991: The Royals acquire Chris Gwynn (PH/OF) and Domingo Mota (IF) in a trade with Los Angeles that sends Todd Benzinger (1B) to the Dodgers.

1991: The Royals acquire Gregg Jefferies (3B), Kevin McReynolds (OF) and Keith Miller (U) in a trade with New York that sends Bret Saberhagen (RHP) and Bill Pecota (IF) to the Mets.

December 12

1956: Birthday: Steve Farr

1968: In the first trade in club history, the Royals acquire Ed Kirkpatrick (C/OF) and Dennis Paepke (C) from California with Hoyt Wilhelm (RHP) going to the Angels.

1974: Birthday: Julius Matos

1981: Birthday: Shane Costa

1982: Birthday: Ervin Santana

December 13

1935: Birthday: Lindy McDaniel

1994: The Royals trade Terry Shumpert (2B) to the Boston Red Sox.

1996: The Royals acquire Jeff King (3B/1B) and Jay Bell (SS) in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends Joe Randa (3B) Jeff Granger (LHP), Jeff Wallace (LHP) and Jeff Martin (RHP) to the Pirates.

2001: The Royals select Miguel Asencio (RHP) in the Rule 5 Draft from the Philadelphia Phillies.

December 14

1943: Birthday: Jerry May

1949: Birthday: Bill Buckner

1982: Birthday: Josh Fields

2007: The Royals acquire Alberto Callaspo (IF) in a trade with Arizona that sends Billy Buckner (RHP) to the Diamondbacks.

December 15

1980: Dan Quissenberry is named the 1980 Bruce Rice Award winner as the Royals Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers of America -- his first of four such honors.

1983: Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn imposes one-year suspensions on Royals players Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens and Jerry Martin for their use of illegal drugs. The suspensions are lifted on May 15, 1984.

1989: The Royals acquire Gerald Perry (PH/1B) and Jim LeMasters (RHP) in a trade with Atlanta that sends Charlie Leibrandt (LHP) and Rick Luecken (RHP) to the Braves.

2010: Royals sign Major League free agent Jeff Francoeur (OF) to a one-year contract.

December 16

1958: Birthday: Rondin Johnson

1968: The Royals acquire Buck Martinez (C), Tommy Smith (C) and Mike Sinnerud (IF) in a trade with Houston that sends John Jones (C) to the Astros.

1976: Birthday: Matt Kinney

1986: Birthday: Alcides Escobar

2002: The Royals select D.J. Carrasco (RHP) in the Rule 5 Draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2003: The Royals sign Major League free agent Tony Graffanino (IF) to a one-year contract.

2010: The Royals sign Major League free agent Melky Cabrera (OF) to a one-year contract.

December 17

1936: Birthday: Jerry Adair

1986: The Royals acquire Juan Beniquez (PH/OF) in a trade with Baltimore that sends Jimmy Daniel (RHP) and Joe Jarrell (IF) to the Orioles.

1995: The Royals acquire Jose Offerman (IF) in a trade with Los Angeles that sends Billy Brewer (LHP) to the Dodgers.

December 18

1944: Birthday: Steve Hovley

1969: Birthday: Joe Randa

2001: The Royals sign Major League free agent Chuck Knoblauch (OF) to a one-year contract.

December 19

1945: Birthday: Art Kusnyer

1979: Birthday: Chip Ambres

1983: The Royals acquire Jorge Orta (PH) in a trade with Toronto that sends Willie Aikens (1B) to the Blue Jays.

2001: The Royals re-acquire Michael Tucker (OF) in a trade with Chicago that sends Shawn Sonnier (RHP) to the Cubs.

2010: The Royals acquire Alcides Escobar (SS), Lorenzo Cain (OF), Jake Odorizzi (RHP) and Jerremy Jeffress (RHP) in a trade with Milwaukee that sends Zack Greinke (RHP) and Yuniesky Betancourt (SS) to the Brewers.

December 20

1979: Birthday: David DeJesus

December 21

1950: Birthday: Jim Wright

1976: Birthday: Tony Cogan

1981: After finishing fourth in American League Rookie of the Year voting, the Royals Mike Jones (RHP) is injured in an automobile accident. He does not pitch again until 1984.

1982: Birthday: Philip Humber

1988: Birthday: Danny Duffy

1995: The Royals acquire Bip Roberts (IF/OF) and Bryan Wolff (RHP) in a trade with San Diego that sends Wally Joyner (1B) and Aaron Dorlaque (RHP) to the Padres.

December 22

1955: Birthday: Lonnie Smith

1976: Birthday: Wes Obermueller

December 23

1980: George Brett is named the 1980 Les Milgram award winner as the Royals Player of the Year by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers of America -- his fourth of eight such honors.

1980: Royals owner Ewing Kauffman announces he has made executive vice president and general manager Joe Burke a minority owner of the ballclub.

December 24

1974: Birthday: Jamey Wright

1983: Birthday: Gregor Blanco

December 25

1982: Birthday: Ruben Gotay

2004: The Royals re-sign their own Major League free agent Jose Lima (RHP) to a one-year contract.

December 26

1940: Birthday: Ray Sadecki

1961: Birthday: Storm Davis

1964: Birthday: Jeff King

December 27

1968: Birthday: Dean Palmer

1975: Birthday: Jeff D'Amico

2007: The Royals sign Major League free agent Miguel Olivo (C) to a one-year contract with a mutual option.

December 28

1963: Birthday: Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.

December 29

1952: Birthday: Dennis Werth

1974: Birthday: Emil Brown

December 30

1945: Birthday: Tom Murphy

1967: Birthday: Archie Corbin

1970: Birthday: Bart Evans

December 31

1951: Birthday: Joe Simpson

1989: Birthday: Kelvin Herrera

January 1

1953: Birthday: Lynn Jones

January 2

1963: Birthday: David Cone

1975: Birthday: Jeff Suppan

January 3

January 4

1982: Birthday: Jason Bourgeois

2008: Royals sign free agent Hideo Nomo to Minor League contract.

January 5

1962: Birthday: Danny Jackson

1963: Birthday: John Davis

1966: Birthday: Steve Shifflett

1974: Birthday: Mark Redman

1994: The Royals acquire outfielder Vince Coleman in a trade with New York that sends Kevin McReynolds outfielder to the Mets.

1999: George Brett's election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is announced. He is joined by fellow first-year eligible players Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount.

January 6

1969: Birthday: Alvin Mormon

2004: Royals sign free agent Juan Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

2011: Gil Meche announces retirement, foregoing the final season of his five-year, $55 million contract.

January 7

1946: Birthday: Joe Keough

1962: Birthday: Jeff Montgomery

1969: Birthday: Chris Hatcher

1982: Birthday: Brayan Pena

1985: The Royals acquire Mike Kinnunen (LHP) and Ken Baker (LHP/OF) in a trade with Montreal that sends U.L. Washington (SS) to the Expos.

2010: Royals sign Noel Arguelles (LHP) to five-year contract after he defects from Cuban Junior National Team.

January 8

1968: Birthday: Brian Johnson

1981: Birthday: Jeff Francis

1984: Birthday: Jeff Francoeur

1991: Gaylord Perry (RHP) -- who ended his career with the Royals -- is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2001: The Royals acquire Roberto Hernandez (RHP), A.J. Hinch (C) and Angel Berroa (SS) in a trade with Tampa Bay and Oakland that sends Johnny Damon (OF) and Mark Ellis (IF) to the A's.

January 9

January 10

1951: Birthday: Gary Martz

1959: Birthday: Richard Dotson

1984: Harmon Killebrew -- who ended his career with the Royals -- is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

January 11

1968: The American League officially announces that Ewing & Muriel Kauffman have been awarded ownership of the new expansion franchise for Kansas City.

1972: Birthday: Jermaine Allensworth

January 12

January 13

1971: Royals select John Wathan in the first round, fourth overall of the January Draft out of the University of San Diego.

1971: Birthday: Elmer Dessens

1972: Birthday: Jermaine Allensworth

1981: Royals select Independence, Mo., native Russ Morman in Round 7 of the January Draft out of the Iowa Western CC. Morman does not sign.

1981: Royals select DeAnza College's Bill Pecota in Round 10 of the January Draft.

1983: Birthday: Andrew Sisco

1991: Bo Jackson (OF) suffers a hip injury playing for the Raiders in an NFL playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Los Angeles. The injury will end his Royals career the following month.

2010: The Royals hire Ned Yost as a special advisor. He would become the club's 16th manager.

January 14

1973: Birthday: Rod Myers

January 15

1947: Birthday: Tony Solaita

1956: Birthday: Rance Mulliniks

January 16

1957: Birthday: Steve Balboni

January 17

1952: Birthday: Darrell Porter

1953: Birthday: Mark Littell

1960: Birthday: Chili Davis

1975: Birthday: Scott Mullen

January 18

1945: Birthday: Rich Severson

1963: Birthday: Bill Sampen

1985: The Royals acquire Jim Sundberg (C) in a trade with Milwaukee that sends Don Slaught (C) and Frank Wills (RHP) to the Brewers in a four-team deal.

January 19

1954: Birthday: Rich Gale

1973: Birthday: Chris Stynes

1982: The Royals acquire Grant Jackson (LHP) in a trade with Montreal that sends Ken Phelps (1B/DH) to the Expos.

January 20

1986: Birthday: David Lough

1998: Royals sign free agents Lee Smith (RHP) and Terry Pendleton (3B/PH) to Minor League contracts.

January 21

1960: Birthday: Darryl Motley

1981: The Royals acquire Caesar Geranimo (OF) in a trade with Cincinnati that sends German Barranca (IF) to the Reds.

January 22

1951: Birthday: Leon Roberts

2011: Royals sign Billy Butler (DH/1B) to four-year contract extension.

January 23

1947: Birthday: Kurt Bevacqua

1976: Birthday: Brandon Duckworth

January 24

1939: Birthday: Sandy Valdespino

1958: Birthday: Atlee Hammaker

1971: Birthday: Cory Bailey

January 25

1945: Birthday: Wally Bunker

January 26

1953: Birthday: Tom Bruno

1967: Birthday: Tim Pugh

1978: Birthday: Esteban German

2009: Royals sign Zack Greinke (RHP) to four-year contract extension.

January 27

1968: Birthday: Rusty Meachum

1980: Birthday: Angel Berroa

2006: The Royals unveil a return to traditional white home uniforms.

January 28

1955: Birthday: Joe Beckwith

1974: Birthday: Jermaine Dye

January 29

1964: Birthday: John Habyan

1972: Birthday: Morgan Burkhart

January 30

1994: Royals sign free agent Dave Henderson (OF) to a one-year contract.

January 31

1955: Birthday: Ted Power

1982: Birthday: Yuniesky Betancourt

February 1

1973: Kansas City trades Joe Keough -- who won the first game in Royals history with an extra-inning pinch-hit -- to the Chicago White Sox for Jim Lyttle.

1987: Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and PGA Champion Fred Couples team up to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.

1994: Royals sign free-agent outfielder Dave Henderson to a one-year contract for an estimated $1 million.

1973: Royals sign free-agent pitcher Tim Belcher to a one-year contract for $975,000.

February 2

1957: Birthday: Craig Chamberlain

1958: Birthday: Pat Tabler

1960: Birthday: Buddy Biancalana

1971: Kansas City trades Ellie Rodriguez -- the first Royals player named to an All-Star Team -- to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carl Taylor.

1987: Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard announces his retirement.

February 3

1973: Birthday: Ryan Long

1974: United States Senator Stuart Symington (D-MO) receives Kansas City's 'Mr. Baseball Award' at annual Kansas City Baseball Awards dinner.

February 4

1959: Birthday: Keith Creel

1983: The Royals acquire Leon Roberts in a trade with Toronto that sends Minor Leaguer Cecil Fielder to the Blue Jays.

1988: The Royals make a one-year contract offer to free agent catcher Carlton Fisk, who was granted free-agency after a court-ordered MLB owners collusion ruling. He eventually re-signs with the White Sox.

February 5

1947: Birthday: Barry Raziano

1977: Birthday: Abraham Nunez

February 6

1978: Birthday: Steve Andrade

1986: Birthday: Kanekoa Texeira

February 7

1953: Birthday: Dan Quisenberry

1966: Birthday: Stu Cole

1974: Birthday: Adrian Brown

1978: Birthday: Endy Chavez

1997: Royals Hall of Famer Frank White receives Kansas City's 'Mr. Baseball Award' at annual Kansas City Baseball Awards dinner.

February 8

1920: Birthday: Broadcaster Bud Blattner

1943: Birthday: Bob Oliver

1996: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Busby returns to Kansas City as a Royals TV play-by-play broadcaster.

February 9

1944: Birthday: Jim Campanis

1965: Birthday: Doug Linton

1974: Royals announce TV rights deal with local station KBMA (Channel 41). The pact calls for 35 televised games in 1974 -- making it the most in Royals history at that time.

1977: Royals 19-year-old heralded farmhand Clint Hurdle receives non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training camp.

1979: Birthday: Mike Tonis

1988: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Bret Saberhagen signs a three-year contract extension for an estimated $3.7 million.

February 10

1954: Birthday: Larry McWilliams

1970: Birthday: Alberto Castillo

1976: Royals founder Muriel Kauffman becomes a naturalized American citizen. Mrs. Kauffman was a native of Canada.

1978: Birthday: Ruben Mateo

1984: Birthday: Alex Gordon

February 11

1963: Birthday: Todd Benzinger

1967: Birthday: Scott Pose

February 12

1974: Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff -- coming off his first 20 win season in club history -- avoids arbitration and signs a one-year deal for $50,000.

1977: Royals sign reigning American League batting champion George Brett to a five-year contract extension for an estimated $1.5 million.

1993: The Royals acquire Felix Jose and Craig Wilson in a trade with St. Louis that sends Gregg Jefferies and Ed Gerald to the Cardinals.

February 13

1978: Birthday: Scott Dohmann

1988: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery signs a three-year contract extension for an estimated $11 million -- plus a club option for a fourth year at $4 million.

February 14

1970: Birthday: Kelly Stinnett

1978: After a 75 minute tug-of-war match is called a draw, the Royals and Dallas Cowboys are named co-champions of ABC Sports SuperTeams Competition in Hawaii.

February 15

1966: Birthday: Melido Perez

1993: Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery signs a three-year contract extension for an estimated $11 million -- plus a club option for a fourth year at $4 million.

February 16

1960: Birthday: Bill Pecota

1983: Royals owner Ewing Kauffman calls off negotiations to sell 49 percent of the ballclub to former Hollywood executive Michael Shapiro.

1985: Birthday: Clint Robinson

February 17

1970: Johnson County Court Authority votes to adopt proposal to name new sports complex after former President Harry S. Truman.

February 18

1915: Birthday: Manager Joe Gordon

1949: Birthday: John Mayberry

2000: The Royals acquire Brett Laxton in a trade with Oakland that sends Jeremy Giambi to the A's.

February 19

1943: Birthday: Gail Hopkins

1944: Birthday: Chris Zachary

1971: Birthday: Miguel Batista

1979: The Royals defeat the Dallas Cowboys to win the title at ABC Sports SuperStars Competition in Hawaii.

1985: The Royals sell their Triple-A Affiliate Omaha Royals to Chicagoan Gus Cherry for over $600,000. The deal includes a five-year affiliation extension.

1987: Royals Hall of Fame Manager Dick Howser returns to the the field after battling cancer to open Spring Training at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

1988: Royals officially take the field for Spring Training at their new combined amusement park/baseball facility 'Boardwalk and Baseball' in Baseball City, Fla.

1997: Royals announce Bob Davis will become the ballclub's television play-by-play broadcaster, teaming with Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff.

February 20

1975: Birthday: Donzell McDonald

February 21

1937: Birthday: Ted Savage

1943: Birthday: Joe Foy

1969: Royals officially take the field at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla., for the ballclub's first-ever Spring Training.

1975: Birthday: Brandon Berger

1987: Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves says his club will not be making a trade with the Tampa Bay Bucs for Royals outfielder Bo Jackson.

February 22

1985: Royals co-owner Avron Fogelman announces the ballclub has offered lifetime contract proposals to Willie Wilson, Dan Quisenberry and Frank White.

1989: Royals Manager John Wathan announces George Brett and Frank White are co-captains for the ballclub -- it is the first time captains have been named in franchise history.

February 23

1972: Birthday: Rondell White

1974: The Royals acquire Vada Pinson in a trade that sends Barry Raziano to the Angels.

1976: Birthday: Scott Elarton

1987: Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser attempts to return to the field following his brain cancer diagnosis. Billy Gardner is named Royals manager.

February 24

1951: Birthday: Frank Ortenzio

February 25

1969: Birthday: Les Norman

1988: Birthday: Nate Adcock

February 26

1958: Birthday: Bob Hegman

1967: Birthday: Scott Service

1967: Birthday: David Howard

February 27

1962: Birthday: Greg Cadaret

1968: Birthday: Matt Stairs

2012: Royals sign Salvador Perez to a five-year contract extension.

February 28

1951: Birthday: Jim Wohlford

1981: Birthday: Brian Bannister

1983: Birthday: Tug Hullett

March 1

1978: Birthday: Ken Harvey

1962: Birthday: Mark Gardner

March 2

March 3

1982: The Royals acquire Buddy Black (LHP) in a trade with Seattle that sends Manny Castillo (IF) to the Mariners.

March 4

1973: Birthday: Brian Barber

March 5

1950: Birthday: Doug Bird

1977: Birthday: Mike MacDougal

March 6

1933: Birthday: Ted Abernathy

1939: Birthday: Cookie Rojas

1952: Birthday: Eduardo Rodriguez

1969: The Royals play their first-ever Spring Training exhibition game. Despite a sixteen-hit offensive attack, Kansas City falls, 9-8, to Montreal.

1972: The Royals play on home turf for the first time on an new artificial surface infield installed at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The outfield remained natural grass.

March 7

1936: Birthday: Galen Cisco

1954: Birthday: Mike Armstrong

March 8

1957: Birthday: Bob Stoddard

1958: Birthday: Nick Capra

1967: Birthday: Joel Johnston

1969: The Royals post their first-ever Spring Training victory. Pat Kelly and Chuck Harrision hit home runs in the 2-1 win over the Washington Senators.

1969: The City Council approves payment of $53,000 to Charlie Finley to purchase the scoreboard at Municipal Stadium -- the last piece of business between the A's owner and Kansas City.

1976: Birthday: Ryan Freel

1980: Royals MLB Player Association representative Jerry Terrell votes against authorizing a players strike. He is the only MLB player of 972 to register a 'no' vote.

March 9

1965: Birthday: Benito Santiago

March 10

1983: Birthday: Donnie Murphy

1992: The Royals acquire Neal Heaton (LHP) in a trade with Pittsburgh that sends Kirk Gibson (OF) to the Pirates.

2002: The Royals release two-time American League All-Star Jose Rosado (LHP) at age 27 after an arm injury.

March 11

1948: Birthday: Cesar Geronimo

March 12

1945: Birthday: Don O'Riley

1947: Birthday: Bill Butler

1955: Birthday: Ruppert Jones

March 13

1954: Birthday: Terry Leach

1954: Birthday: Randy Bass

1970: Birthday: Jorge Fabregas

1971: Birthday: Scott Sullivan

1980: Birthday: Byron Gettis

1981: Birthday: Mike Aviles

1986: Manager Dick Howser places both Hal and Brian McRae in an exhibition game starting line-up. They are the first father/son to play as teammates in a Major League sanctioned game.

March 14

1953: Birthday: Tim Ireland

2000: Major League Baseball officially announces the approval of the Glass Family as the second owners of the Kansas City Royals.

March 15

1982: Birthday: Juan Carlos Oviedo (aka Leo Nunez)

March 16

1943: Birthday: Rick Reichardt

1965: Birthday: Jose Mota

1976: Birthday: Abraham Nunez

March 17

2001: Royals sign Joe Randa (3B) to two-year contract extension.

March 18

1960: Birthday: Matt Winter

1976: Birthday: Scott Podsednik

1984: Former Royals hitting coach and Kansas City Athletics player Charley Lau dies.

1991: The Royals release 1989 All-Star Game MVP Bo Jackson (OF) following a hip injury sustained in a Jan. 13, 1991, NFL Playoff Game.

March 19

1974: Birthday: Jason LaRue

1980: WDAF-TV hires Denny Trease to team with Al Wisk as the Royals TV broadcast team. They replace the KMBC-TV team of Steve Shannon and Dave Nelson from 1979.

March 20

March 21

1939: Birthday: Tommy Davis

1946: Birthday: Al Fitzmorris

1968: Kansas City's American League expansion franchise is officially named 'Royals' after the results of a fan vote of proposed entries.

1970: Birthday: Rick DeHart

1971: The innovative Royals Baseball Academy complex is officially dedicated near Sarasota, Fla.

March 22

1952: Birthday: Eric Rasmussen

March 23

1943: Birthday: Lee May

1944: Birthday: George Scott

1956: Birthday: Ron Johnson

1969: Birthday: Chris Turner

1976: Birthday: Joel Peralta

1981: Birthday: Tony Pena Jr.

March 24

1960: Birthday: Dwight Taylor

1982: Birthday: Robinson Tejada

1982: The Royals acquire Greg Pryor (IF) in a trade with Chicago that sends Jeff Schattinger (RHP) to the White Sox.

1983: Birthday: Devon Lowery

March 25

March 26

1958: Birthday: Chris Codiroli

1962: Birthday: Kevin Seitzer

1997: The Royals release 1994 American League Rookie of the Year Bob Hamelin (1B).

March 27

1946: Birthday: Mike Jackson

1976: George Brett hits against his brother Ken for the first time, lauching a 3-1 pitch for a HR over the fence at Terry Park in Fort Myers, Fla. The Yankees and Ken win the game, 6-4.

1978: Manager Whitey Herzog names 20-year-old Clint Hurdle as the Royals starting first baseman over struggling All-Star John Mayberry. Mayberry is later traded to Toronto.

1978: Birthday: Dee Brown

1987: The Royals acquire Ed Hearn (C), Rick Anderson (RHP) and Mauro Gozzo (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends David Cone (RHP) and Chris Jelic (C) to the Mets.

1990: Birthday: Jake Odorizzi

1997: The Royals acquire Jermaine Dye (OF) and Jaime Walker (LHP) in a trade with Atlanta that sends Michael Tucker (OF) and Keith Lockhart (IF) to the Braves.

March 28

1969: Birthday: Craig Paquette

March 29

1952: Birthday: Bill Castro

1961: Birthday: Mike Kingery

1971: Birthday: Sean Lowe

1984: Birthday: Kila Ka'aihue

March 30

1982: The Royals acquire Vida Blue (LHP) and Bob Tufts (LHP) in a trade with San Francisco that sends Renie Martin (RHP), Craig Chamberlain (RHP), Brad Wellman (IF) and Atlee Hammaker (LHP) to the Giants.

1987: The Royals acquire Thad Bosley (OF/PH) and Dave Gumpert (RHP) in a trade with Chicago that sends Jim Sundberg (C) to the Cubs.

March 31

1976: Steve Busby is placed on the DL days before the start of the season. After three seasons with over 30 starts, he would only make 36 starts over the next four years before retiring.

1981: The Royals acquire Juan Berrenger (RHP) in a trade with New York that sends Marvell Wynne (OF) and John Skinner (RHP) to the Mets.

1990: The Royals acquire former KU Jayhawk Steve Jeltz (IF) in a trade with Philadelphia that sends Jose DeJesus (RHP) to the Phillies.

2003: Manager Tony Pena starts Runelvys Hernandez (RHP) over Jeremy Affeldt (LHP) by the flip of a coin. Hernandez and the Royals beat the White Sox, 3-0, on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

April 1

1957: Birthday: Manny Castillo

1958: Birthday: Mike Kinnunen

1969: The Royals acquire Lou Piniella (OF) in a trade with Seattle that sends Steve Whitaker (OF) and John Gelnar (RHP) to the Pilots.

1986: The Royals acquire Angel Salazar (SS) in a trade with New York that sends Tony Ferreira (RHP) to the Mets.

1997: The Royals and Orioles are snowed-out on Opening Day at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

April 2

1968: Birthday: Curtis Leskanic

1970: Birthday: Denny Hocking

1973: The Royals acquire Fran Healy (C) in a trade with San Francisco that sends Greg Minton (RHP) to the Giants.

1984: The first Opening Day game at Royals Stadium is rained out. The previous eleven home openers (1973-1983) at Royals Stadium were night games.

April 3

1939: Birthday: Hawk Taylor

1974: Birthday: Jim Pittsley

1979: The Royals acquire Todd Cruz (IF) in a trade with Philadelphia that sends Doug Bird (RHP) to the Phillies.

1984: The Royals Onix Concepcion (SS) leads-off the rain-out, make-up season opener with the first home run of his Kansas City career.

April 4

1983: Willie Wilson collects three hits and George Brett blasts a two-run homer leading the Royals to a season opening, 7-2, win over Baltimore.

1986: Birthday: Louis Coleman

2006: Jackson County voters approve a sales tax ballot issue to renovate both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead.

April 5

1938: Birthday: Ron Hansen

1960: Birthday: Jim Scranton

1976: Birthday: Ross Gload

1979: Darrell Porter and John Wathan both drive in three runs each, leading the Royals to a season opening, 11-2, win over the Blue Jays at Royals Stadium.

1981: Birthday: Jorge De La Rosa

April 6

1943: Birthday: Marty Pattin

1971: Dick Drago tosses a complete game against the Angels leading the Royals to a season opening, 4-1, win at Anaheim Stadium.

1974: The Royals set a then club record with 23 runs scored -- including five RBIs from John Mayberry and four RBIs from Hal McRae -- to defeat Minnesota, 23-6, at Royals Stadium.

April 7

1951: Birthday: Dave Cripe

1973: Birthday: Brett Tomko

1977: Amos Otis and John Mayberry both hit home runs, and drive in three runs each -- leading the Royals to a season opening, 7-2, win over the Detroit.

1997: In his first game with the Royals, Jeff King drives in three runs including a walk-off sac fly giving KC a, 6-5, home opening win over the Orioles.

2000: Kauffman Stadium debuts renovations. which include the Royal Pavilion and an upper-level blue seat replacement on Opening Day.

2000: Mike Sweeney launches a seventh-inning grand slam capping the Royals, 10-6, home opening win over the Twins.

April 8

1969: Kansas City hosts the Twins at Municipal Stadium. Joe Keough drives in Joe Foy with an 12th inning RBI single for Royals, 4-3, win.

1979: Birthday: Jeremy Guthrie

1985: Willie Wilson drives in two runs with a seventh-inning double, providing the winning margin in the Royals, 2-1, season opening win over the Blue Jays.

1991: Royals Stadium’s Jumbotron -- the largest color videoboard in the United States when installed -- debuts on Opening Day.

1991: George Brett, Danny Tartabull and Kirk Gibson all collect two hits each, behind pitchers Bret Saberhagen and Dan Quisenberry, leading the Royals to a season opening, 4-2, win over the Indians at Royals Stadium.

April 9

1965: Birthday: Hal Morris

1967: Birthday: Graeme Lloyd

2000: The Twins and the Royals hit three consecutive homers in an inning marking the first in MLB history. Coomer, Jones and Lecroy for the Twins in the sixth; Beltran, Dye and Sweeney for the Royals in the eighth. Minnesota wins, 13-7, at Royals Stadium.

April 10

1973: Royals Stadium makes its debut. Paul Splittorff tosses a complete game, Amos Otis collects the first hit and John Mayberry blasts the first home run leading KC to a, 12-1, win against Texas.

April 11

1964: Birthday: Bret Saberhagen

1966: Birthday: Steve Scarsone

1970: Birthday: Joe Vitiello

1975: Birthday: Todd Dunwoody

1984: Birthday: Andres Blanco

April 12

1964: Birthday: Mike Macfarlane

1977: Birthday: DJ Carrasco

1986: Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard shut outs the Blue Jays on three hits before a national television audience in his first start since suffer a major knee injury in May of 1983. The Royals win, 1-0, at Royals Stadium.

2001: The Royals game against the Blue Jays at SkyDome in Toronto is postponed when pieces of the roof fall on the field during batting practice.

April 13

1969: Mike Fiore hits the first home run in Royals history leading Kansas City to, 4-1, win in Game One of a doubleheader against the A's at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.

1986: Birthday: Lorenzo Cain

1996: Michael Tucker's fifth-inning home run is the only hit the Royals muster against knuckeballer Steve Sparks, but Kansas City still prevails, 3-2, over the Brewers at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

April 14

1947: Birthday: Joe Lahoud

1971: Birthday: Gregg Zaun

1976: Birthday: Kyle Farnsworth

1990: Royals Hall of Famer Bret Saberhagen gets the win and Mark Davis records a save, as Kansas City defeats Toronto, 3-1, at Royals Stadium. It is the first time in history both reigning Cy Young Award winners figure in a decision as teammates.

April 15

1968: Birthday: Billy Brewer

1977: Birthday: Paul Phillips

2003: The Royals rally with four ninth-inning runs to defeat the White Sox, 8-5. The game was delayed in the eighth when fans stormed the field to attack umpire Laz Diaz.


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