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Kansas City A's salute set for July 1707/14/2010 5:19 PM ET
KANSAS CITY, MO (July 14, 2010) - The Kansas City Royals announced today details of a Kansas City Athletics salute set for Saturday, July 17 at Kauffman Stadium. The event will take place as the Royals open the second half of the season with a three-game series against the Oakland A's. Saturday's game time is set for 6:10 p.m.
The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a royal blue Retro KC cap courtesy of Hy-Vee. The cap features in interlocking KC logo that was used by the A's in Kansas City prior to moving to Oakland with the Royals color scheme. The Royals will also be wearing the retro cap during Saturday's game.
The festivities will also include a Kansas City A's video retrospective, which chronicles the history of the franchise while in Kansas City and features many of the revolutionary, and sometimes controversial, ideas introduced by late owner Charlie Finley. Video highlights - including the history of Municipal Stadium, the colorful A's uniforms, the robotic rabbit named Harvey and some of the great players with connections to the Kansas City A's - will be shown on CrownVision both prior to the game and during several inning breaks throughout the evening.
Bill Fischer, who currently serves as the club's Minor League Pitching Coordinator and is a former member of the Kansas City A's, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fischer pitched nine seasons in the big leagues from 1958-64, including a three-season stint in Kansas City from 1961-63. In 1962, he set a Major League record by pitching 84.1 consecutive innings without issuing a walk, breaking the previous record of 68.0 innings set by the legendary Christy Mathewson.
In salute to Charlie O., the famous Missouri mule which Finley anointed as the team mascot while in Kansas City, fans will have an opportunity to take their photo with a Missouri mule. Photos will be available from the time the gates open at 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. behind Rivals Sports Bar near Gate E.
Fans may visit www.royals.com/kcathletics for more information. Tickets may be purchased online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
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