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Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

KC's Baseball Story

 
 
KC's Baseball Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
1. KC's Baseball Story Marker
Inscription.
To many fans outside of K.C., it might seem as if the birth of baseball here began when Ewing Kauffman founded the Kansas City Royals in 1969, and gave the town the beautiful, now-named Kauffman Stadium in 1973. And it might seem as if our most glorious moments were when George Brett led the Royals to several Division titles and a World Series championship in 1985. (Not to mention that Brett is the only player in the history of baseball to win three batting titles in three different decades: 1976, 1980 and 1990.)

But the reality is, Kansas Cityís illustrious baseball history dates all the way back to the late 19th century. In those early years, we cheered for teams like the Kansas City Cowboys, the Unions, the Packers, and the Blues – a minor league franchise for the New York Yankees. There was even a team called the Kansas City Red Sox, which featured local boy and baseball legend, Casey Stengal.

But perhaps the most famous team to emerge in Kansas City, other than the Royals, was the Kansas City Monarchs, the very first team of the Negro Baseball League. The Monarchs produced such baseball legends as Satchel Paige, Buck OíNeill, Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson, who later became the first African-American to play on a modern-era white professional team.

Today, the legacy of the Negro Leagues lives
KC's Baseball Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
2. KC's Baseball Story Marker
on at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – the only one of its kind – located in Kansas Cityís historic 18th & Vine District. Itís a “must-see” for avid baseball fans and history enthusiasts alike. Also playing for Kansas City teams over the years were baseball greats such as Frank White, Amos Otis, Dan Quisenberry, Dennis Leonard, Hal McRae and Paul Splittorff.
 
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number C1.)
 
Location. 39° 18.871′ N, 94° 42.065′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk C1, in Economy Parking Lot C, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Airport History (here, next to this marker); Atkins Gift (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC: On Flight (about 500 feet away); Tribal Heritage (about 600 feet away); Art and Soul (about 700 feet away); Hale: The Firepole (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Liberty Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of BBQ (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
3. KC's Baseball Story Marker Artwork
The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kansas City Blues Among the Top 100 Teams in Minor League History. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas City Monarchs. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas City Royals History. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kansas City Municipal Stadium. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
Economy Parking Lot C Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
4. Economy Parking Lot C Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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