THE HISTORY OF
THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS
BEGINS IN 1968
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
|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
|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
|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
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
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.