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.
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.
All three of the following Kansas City players became major league managers.
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.
All four of the players in the following panel have ties to the Brewers.
Amos Otis was a long-time Royal. The card on the far left is 1974. The card on the far right is 1983.
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.
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 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?
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