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Art Stewart selected to Royals Hall of Fame
01/29/2008 4:09 PM ET
KANSAS CITY -- Art Stewart, the Royals Senior Advisor to General Manager Dayton Moore, will represent the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame class of 2008, becoming the 23rd member of the elite group. On-field induction ceremonies will be scheduled at a later date.

"There is no one more deserving of this prestigious honor than Art Stewart," Royals President Dan Glass said. "He has devoted over 50 years to the game of baseball, the last 39 with the Kansas City Royals organization. His passion and knowledge is an inspiration to everyone in the baseball community."

Stewart, entering his 39th season with the Royals, is the longest tenured associate in the organization. The 2007 winner of the Roland Hemond Award, presented by Baseball America for long-time service in scouting and player development, has held the position of Senior Advisor to the General Manager since 1997 after serving as the Royals Director of Scouting from 1984-96.

During his tenure as Director of Scouting, the Royals were named Major League Baseball Organization of the Year by USA Today in 1984, Baseball America in 1994, and Topps in 1984-85 and 1994-95. Stewart drafted over 70 players that reached the Major Leagues, including Bo Jackson, Kevin Appier, Brian McRae, Mike Sweeney, Johnny Damon, Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran. He is a 15-year member on the Major League Scouting Bureau Board of Directors.

Stewart has played a major role in the origination of the Royals Dominican program, helping the club start the Salcedo Academy in the Dominican Republic. Stewart was recognized in 1998 when the former Royals Academy building was named in his honor.

Before joining the Royals front office, he spent 16 years covering the Midwest as a Royals scout. He began his career in professional baseball in 1953 as a territorial scout for the New York Yankees and was the Midwest Scouting Supervisor from 1958-69.

Stewart has received numerous awards during his 54 years in baseball, including the Ewing M. Kauffman Scouting Award in 1970 and 1983. In 1998 he received an award "For Long Meritorious Service to Baseball" from colleagues and the Topps Company. He received the Bing Devine Executive of the Year Award at the second St. Louis Major League Scouts Hall of Fame Banquet in 1998 and was named "Mister Baseball" at the 29th Kansas City Royals Awards Banquet in January of 1999. Stewart was honored prior to the 2002 season at the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago's 56th Annual Dinner with the prestigious Baseball Excellence Award, given for meritorious service to the game of baseball.

Stewart resides in Lee's Summit, Mo., with his wife, Donna. They have one daughter, Dawn, and two grandsons, David and Mark.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include:

1986: Pitcher Steve Busby and Outfielder Amos Otis
1987: Manager Dick Howser, Second Baseman Cookie Rojas and Pitcher Paul Splittorff
1989: Pitcher Dennis Leonard and Designated Hitter Hal McRae
1992: Club President Joe Burke, Pitcher Larry Gura and Shortstop Fred Patek
1993: Owner Ewing Kauffman
1994: Third Baseman George Brett
1995: Second Baseman Frank White
1996: Royals First Lady Muriel Kauffman and first baseman John Mayberry
1998: Relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry
2000: Manager Whitey Herzog and outfielder Willie Wilson
2003: Pitcher Jeff Montgomery
2004: Radio Announcer Denny Matthews
2005: Pitcher Bret Saberhagen
2006: Pitcher Mark Gubicza

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