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1968 | 1969

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THE HISTORY OF THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS BEGINS IN 1968

Royals Manager Joe Gordon at a 1968 press conference

 
Important Dates in development of the Kansas City Royals (from 1969 media guide)
January 11, 1968 Ewing Kauffman becomes owner of the franchise
January 15, 1968 Board of Directors is named and is made up of Ewing Kauffman, Mrs. Ewing Kauffman, Charles Hughes, Ernie Mehl, Les Milgram, Earl Smith, and Charles Truitt
January 16, 1968 Cedric Tallis is appointed Executive Vice-President and eighth and final member of the Board of Directors
February 5, 1968 Charlie Metro becomes Director of Player Procurement; Lou Gorman is named Director of Player Development
March 21, 1968 Board of Directors select "Royals" as team nickname after study of more than 17,000 suggestions
April 4, 1968 Kansas City announces plans to participate in a co-op farm club in Dubuque, Iowa, during the 1968 season, thereby starting it's farm system.
April 25, 1968 Gerald Lyscio, a free agent, becomes the first player to sign with the Royals. (He promptly won his first three games for Dubuque, and in May was selected Midwest League Player of the Month).
April 27, 1968 Kansas City becomes owner of it's first farm club by signing Corning, NY, of the New York-Penn League for the 1968 season.
May 28, 1968 Kansas City is assigned to the Western Division as American League splits into two divisions, effective for 1969 season.
May 31, 1968 Royals sign three year lease to conduct Spring Training at Fort Myers, FL.
June 4, 1968 Ewing Kauffman signs a four-year lease for the Royals to play at Municipal Stadium.
June 6, 1968 Kansas City selects 50 players in baseball's Free Agent Draft, the first such draft for the Royals
July 11, 1968 Ground is broken for Kansas City's 43-million dollar Jackson County Sports Complex.
September 5, 1968 First season ticket drive is launched.  First day sales total of 2,156 season tickets.
September 9, 1968 Joe Gordon is hired to manage the Royals
September 25, 1968 Season ticket sales reach 6,334, an all-time American League record.
October 15, 1968 Roger Nelson becomes first player on Kansas City's Major League roster in being named initial choice among 30 selections in American League expansion draft.  Royals concentrate on younger players.
December 12, 1968 Royals complete first Major League trade by sending Hoyt Wilhelm to the California Angels for Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke.
 


1968 EXPANSION DRAFT - KANSAS CITY ROYALS PICKS

Draft was held on October 15, 1968

Pick

Player Team Drafted from

1.

Roger Nelson Orioles

2.

Joe Foy Red Sox
3. Jim Rooker Yankees
4. Joe Keough Athletics
5. Steve Jones Senators
6. Jon Warden Tigers
7. Ellie Rodriguez Yankees
8. Dave Morehead Red Sox
9. Mike Fiore Orioles
10. Bob Oliver Twins
11. Bill Butler Tigers
12. Steve Whitaker Yankees
13. Wally Bunker Orioles
14. Paul Schaal Angels
15. Dan Haynes White Sox
16. Dick Drago Tigers
17. Pat Kelly Twins
18. Billy Harris Indians
19. Don O'Riley Athletics
20. Al Fitzmorris White Sox
21. Moe Drabowsky Orioles
22. Jackie Hernandez Twins
23. Mike Hedlund Indians
24. Tom Burgmeier Angels
25. Hoyt Wilhelm White Sox
26. Jerry Adair Red Sox
27. Jerry Cram Twins
28. Fran Healy Indians
29. Scott Northey White Sox
30. Ike Brookens Senators
     
 
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