The “Kansas City Royals” is a professional American baseball team situated in Kansas City, Missouri. The team is part of the Central Division, which plays in the American League (AL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The Royals have been playing their home games at the Kauffman Stadium (formerly known as the Royals Stadium) since the year 1973.
Established in the year 1969 as an expansion franchise of the American League, the team was founded along with the Seattle Pilots by the Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was certain next to the actions of Stuart Symington, the former US senator from Missouri, who had requested for a new franchise in Missouri after the Athletics left to play in Oakland, California in the year 1968.
The early years of the Kansas City Royals came in very quick success, in fact, the team appeared seven times in the playoffs between the years 1976 and 1985. In between the years of their success, the team won one World Series championship and an additional of one American League pennant, which was led by the team’s biggest stars George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson and Bret Saberhagen.
Throughout the mid-1990s, the Royals had stayed competitive in all of the games, however, they had only one victorious season in between the years 1995 and 2012. In addition, the Royals weren’t able to qualify in the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason for 28 consecutive seasons. The postseason droughts were considered as the team’s longest droughts in the league’s history.
The Royals had put an end with their previous losing streaks after securing their first wild card berth and reaching the World Series championship in the year 2014. In the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals faced the San Francisco Giants with a losing record of 7-1 in the first game. The Royals fought back with a 7-2 winning record, finishing the series with a tie scoring of 1-1. The team won the game 3 against the Giants with a record of 3-2, but lost in 11-4 scoring against the Giants in the fourth game. The World Series battle between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals was seen to be one of the closest fights in the history.
In addition to the team’s most notable achievements in the MLB, the Kansas City Royals hosted the 2014 American League Wild Card Game and won against the Oakland Athletics with a winning record of 9-8. Also, the Royals won against the Los Angeles of Anaheim during the 2014 American League Division Series with three consecutive extra-inning victories.
The Royals’ biggest and most notable rivalry is the St. Louis Cardinals, the first victory of the team against the St. Louis Cardinals occurred during the 1985 World Series championship. The 1985 World Series has remained a source of heated rivalry between their fans and has fueled both teams in making the rivalry more inflamed.
Historically, eight of the Royals’ best players had been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Famers, including George Brett, Denny Matthews, Bob Lemon, Gaylord Perry, Whitey Herzog and Orlando Cepeda.