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Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals
Major league affiliations
American League (1969 - present)
Central Division (1994 - present)
Retired numbers5, 10, 20, 42
ColorsRoyal Blue, Powder Blue, White      
Kansas City Royals (1969 - present)
Other nicknamesThe Boys in Blue
Kauffman Stadium (1973 - present)
Municipal Stadium (1969 1972)
Major league titles
World Series titles1985 ((1))
AL Pennants1985 • 1980 ((2))
Central Division titlesNone ((0))
West Division titles (6) [1]1985 • 1984 • 1980 • 1978 • 1977
Wild card berthsNone ((0))
[1] In 1981, a players' strike in the middle of the season forced the season to be split into two halves. Kansas City won the division in the second half, but lost the division playoff to the Athletics. The Royals finished three games under .500 and had only the fourth best record in the division when considering the entire season, eleven games behind the A's, Texas and Chicago.
OwnerDavid Glass
ManagerNed Yost

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The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1973 to the present, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have participated in two World Series, winning in 1985.

The "Royals" name originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899. The "Royals" name may also have been selected as a respectful recognition of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League and a nod to the Kansas City Blues franchises of the Western League and American Association. This is reflected in the similarity of the Royals logo to that of the Monarchs. The name also followed a theme of the other professional franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs football team and the-then Kansas City Kings basketball franchise.

Entering Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise in 1969, the club was founded by Ewing Kauffman, a Kansas City businessman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics-Kansas City's previous major league team from 1955 to 1967-moved to Oakland, California.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs 7 out of 10 seasons from 1976 to 1985, including one World Championship and another pennant, led by stars such as George Brett, Frank White and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive through the mid-1990s, but more recently has struggled, posting a winning record only once in the past 15 seasons.

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