WILLIE AIKENS - Former Royals Infielder, 1980-83
Willie Aikens joined the Kansas City Royals prior to the 1980 season just in time to help the club reach its first World Series.
The former first baseman, who enjoyed an eight-year Major League career, got the game-winning RBI in Game 3 of the 1980 World Series, the Royals first-ever win in a World Series game. Aikens hit .400 for the series and is the only player in World Series history to hit two home runs in the same game twice during the same World Series.
JAIME BLUMA - Former Royals Pitcher, 1996
Jaime Bluma was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on Aug. 9, 1996, with the Kansas City Royals. The former Wichita State right-hander tossed in 17 games for the Royals during that season, getting five saves in as many opportunities and maintaining a 3.60 ERA.
DENNIS LEONARD -Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher, 1974-86
Dennis Leonard spent his entire big league career with the Royals, compiling a 144-106 record with a 3.70 ERA for the Royals from 1974-86.
Inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1989, he is the only three-time 20-game winner in Royals history (1977, '78, '80), and his 20 victories in 1977 tied for most in the American League. Also a three-time Royals Pitcher of the Year (1975, '77, '79), Leonard holds the club's career record for complete games (103) and shutouts (23). He also holds Royals single-season records in starts (40), complete games (21), innings pitched (294.2) and strikeouts (244).
JOHN MAYBERRY - Royals Hall of Fame First Baseman, 1972-77
"Big John" Mayberry was the first true power hitter for the Kansas City Royals. In six seasons with Kansas City (1972-77), he averaged 24 home runs and 94 RBI.
Mayberry, who was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1996, earned All-Star honors in both 1973 and 1974 and became the club's first 30-home run hitter with 34 bombs in 1975. In addition, he helped lead the club to back-to-back American League West titles in 1976 and 1977.
BRIAN McRAE - Former Royals Outfielder, 1990-94
Brian McRae enjoyed a 10-year Major League career from 1990-99, including five seasons with the Royals. He batted .261 over his career with more than 700 runs scored, 500 RBI and nearly 200 stolen bases. He was best known, however, for his outstanding defensive prowess in the outfield.
McRae, the son of Royals Hall of Famer Hal McRae, made his big league debut with Kansas City in 1990. His best season with the Royals came in 1993 when he batted .282 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI.
JEFF MONTGOMERY - Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher, 1988-1999
Jeff Montgomery spent 12 of his 13 Major League seasons in a Kansas City Royals uniform and is the club's all-time save leader with 304. A three-time All-Star (1992, 1993 and 1996), the right-handed pitcher was the Rolaids A.L. Reliever of the Year in 1993 after finishing tied for the league lead with 45 saves, tying a club record.
Montgomery, who pitched in Kansas City from 1988-1999, holds the club record for career appearances (686) and ranked 14th on MLB's all-time saves list at the time of his induction into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2003.
LES NORMAN - Former Royals Outfielder, 1995-96
Les Norman broke into the Major Leagues with Kansas City in the mid-1990s and appeared in 78 total games for the Royals during the 1995-96 seasons.
Before making it to the Majors, Norman, who was selected by Kansas City in the 25th round of the 1991 draft, was honored as the Royals Minor League Player of the Year in 1993 while hitting .291 with 17 home runs and 81 RBI in 133 games for Double-A Memphis. During his career, he was named as a Midwest League All-Star and played in the Double-A All-Star Game.
STEVE RENKO - Former Royals Pitcher, 1983
Steve Renko, a Kansas City, Kan., native, ended his 15-year Major League career playing for his hometown team in 1983.
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 1965 amateur draft, Renko pitched for six different Major League teams throughout his career, compiling a 134-146 record with a 3.99 ERA with 57 complete games.
JERRY TERRELL, Former Royals Infielder, 1978-80
Drafted by Minnesota in 1968, Jerry Terrell spent his first five seasons with the Twins before finishing out his eight-year career as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
Terrell, who maintained a .253 career average in 656 games, built his career on versatility, speed and a good glove. Known for his team-first attitude, he played every position except catcher.
WILLIE WILSON - Royals Hall of Fame Outfielder, 1976-90
Willie Wilson made his Major League debut with Kansas City in 1976, and while wearing Royal Blue, the outfielder became only the second player in baseball history to stroke 100 hits from each side of the plate in a season (1980).
Wilson, who was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000, enjoyed a 15-year career with the Royals, spanning 1976-1990. He batted .289 with 241 doubles, 133 triples, 40 home runs and 509 RBI. The A.L. batting champion in 1982 (.332), he collected 2,207 hits and 668 stolen bases in his career, including a league-leading and Royals record 83 in 1979. He was a Gold Glove Award winner in 1980, named the Royals Player of the Year in 1981 and was on the A.L. All-Star team in 1982 and 1983.
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