Wild Card Wednesday – Kansas City Royals

Two weeks ago, I focused on the Chicago White Sox, the parent club for the Appleton Foxes from 1966 through 1986
Last week, I highlighted the Baltimore Orioles, the team that was the affiliate of the Foxes from 1960-1965.

The Kansas City Royals, Appleton’s parent club from 1987-1992, step into the spotlight this week.

The Paul Splittorff card on the far left is the 1972 Topps.  The design just screams “EARLY 1970’s!”  Dennis Leonard rocking the sideburns even to his 1979 card.  That is dedication to the trend.

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

Here are some well-known Royals from the era.  Aikens was a big part of the 1980 team that made it to the World Series.  Willie Wilson is one of the fastest players of that era, stole a lot of bases, and made some great defensive plays.

Do you know who Pete LaCock's dad was?  He said,  "George Goebel for the block." a lot.

Do you know who Pete LaCock’s dad was? He said, “George Goebel for the block.” a lot.

All three of the following Kansas City players became major league managers.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

The team card is for 1980.  Pegging Dan Quisenberry as a Future Star doesn’t seem too far out there.  Whitey Herzog is practicing for when he becomes manager of the Cardinals and will lose his sense of humor and ability to smile.

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

All four of the players in the following panel have ties to the Brewers.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Amos Otis was a long-time Royal.  The card on the far left is 1974.  The card on the far right is 1983.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

I think it would be safe to say that George Brett is the greatest Royal.  The 1976 card on the left of the top row is not flattering in any way.  But, he figured it out as time went by.

George Brett was really, really good.

George Brett was really, really good.

Cookie Rojas was 5′-10″.  Freddy Patek was 5′-4″.  They were the double play combination from 1971 into 1976 when Frank White took over as the second baseman.  They were excellent.

The Royals double play combination from 197 -

5′-4″?

The back of the cards for both players.  The cartoon on the back of Patek’s card is informative and entertaining.  Think any of his teammates came in looking for a deal on a La-Z-Boy?

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

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