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Denny Matthews's tales from the Royals dugout
by Denny Matthews Details
Amos Otis, Frank White, George Brett, Hal McRae, Dan Quisenberry, Bret Saberhagen, Paul Splittorff. One mention of any of those names can bring about visions of great baseball, determination, hard-nosed, and winning. However, one vision out-weighs all others: the boys in blue & the Kansas City Royals. The Kansas City Royals, an expansion club in the American League in 1969, struggled during their early existence. It didn't take long, however, before the Royals established themselves as one of the most successful franchises in baseball. That success culminated with the winning of the 1985 World Series.Since 1969, the Royals have developed great players that have had fun. Along the way, they also have developed a winning tradition. Although the Royals have received the "small-market" tag in recent years, the organization still boasts a proud heritage. In Denny Matthews' Tales from the Royals Dugout, longtime Royals radio broadcaster Denny Matthews relives the club's great moments.
Fields of thunder : the story of the Kansas Speedway
by Jim Pedley Details
Fields of Thunder: The Story of the Kansas Speedway, is a dramatic celebration of auto racing in Kansas City. It takes the reader from the beaches of Daytona to the dirt tracks of the Midwest, from the workings of split-second pit crews to the personalities of today's top drivers. The book chronicles the forces that created the speedway, the rich history that led up to it, and the races that ran during its inaugural season. Featuring the resources of The Kansas City Star's top sports writers and hundreds of vivid photographs by The Star's photographers, Fields of Thunder is a lasting tribute to the phenomenon of U.S. auto racing, to its fans and to the thousands of professionals behind the scenes who routinely put on "a good show."
Kansas City Chiefs encyclopedia
by Mark Stallard Details
Describing a storied football history that began 40 years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs Encyclopedia is the first book to capture the complete legend of one of the American Football League's charter members. Among the players who are profiled are Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan, Len Dawson, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud, Otis Taylor, and coach Hank Stram. There are also detailed sketches about the Chiefs' appearance in the first Super Bowl in 1967 and their championship in 1970.
Lamar Hunt : a life in sports
by Michael MacCambridge Details
The definitive and official biography of one of the 20th century's most important and beloved sporting figure, Lamar Hunt, who revolutionized three different sports--pro football, tennis, and soccer--winding up in the Hall of Fame of each.
Legacy of blue : 45 years of Kansas City Royals history & trivia
by Mark Stallard Details
From George Brett and Bo Jackson to Carlos Beltran, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler, Legacy of Blue starts with the beginning of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, highlights the team's glory years in the 1970s and 1980s, and covers the last 20 years up to the beginning of the franchise's turnaround under the GM Dayton Moore. In addition to the history of baseball in Kansas City, the book is loaded with facts, quotes, brainteasers, stories, and more from the Royals' 45 years in the American League-Legacy of Blue covers the bases for one of baseball's best-ever expansion franchises. Originally published as Kansas City Royals Facts & Trivia.
One man's dream : my town, my team, my time
by Frank White Details
Includes Frank White's career stats and box scores for the 1985 World Series.
Out of the Blue: The Kansas City Royals' Historic 2014 Season
by Matt Fulks Details
The Royals' surprising run to the World Series for the first time since 1985 captured the nation's attention. In late July, Kansas City sat in third place in the AL Central, eight games out of first place with a losing record. But manager Ned Yost's team answered the call, posting a 41–27 mark after the All-Star break to capture a spot in the AL Wild Card game. Trailing the A's 7–3 after seven innings, the Royals' thrilling, 12-inning comeback win started a record postseason run. The win over the A's marked the start of a record eight-game winning streak as the Royals swept the Angels and Orioles to set up the unforgettable Fall Classic showdown with the Giants.
The Kansas City Chiefs
by Mark Stewart Details
Chronicles the history and accomplishments of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Monarchs : champions of Black baseball
by Janet Bruce Details
History of Afro-American baseball Players in Kansas City
Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs
by Phil Dixon Details
"Both a biography of Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and a history of his great Kansas City Monarchs teams, 1920-1938, this work pays tribute to a man considered baseball's greatest all-around player. During his career, the Monarchs won two negro league World Series and five pennants, in addition to launching careers of several players and conducting barnstorming tours"--Provided by publisher.
Updated 12/14/2015

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