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Ballpark Milestones

  1. 1960s
  2. 1970s
  3. 1980s
  4. 1990s
  5. 2000s
  6. 2010s
  1. 1960s


    1966

    The Greater Kansas City Sports Commission was empaneled by Mayor Ilus Davis on January 4, 1966 to study plans for a new sports complex. The chairman of the group, Kansas City Star Sports Editor Ernie Mehl, stated their purpose was "To support the Athletics and Chiefs and to support the building of a sports complex to meet the needs of a growing city."

    1966

    On July 15, 1966, Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes selects the first five members of the Jackson County Sports Authority appointed to oversee plans for a potential new sports complex. Dutton Brookfield is named Chairman.

    1967

    After public hearings to consider different plans and locations, the Sports Authority announced on January 5, 1967 their recommendation of a two stadium complex to be built near the intersection of I-435 and I-70 east of downtown then known as the Leeds site.

    1967

    Jackson County voters approve all seven parts of a $102 million bond issue on Tuesday June 28, 1967. The sports complex is the largest single part of the package at $43 million and receives 68.9% of in favor - needing 66.7% to pass.

    1968

    The first major land purchase for the sports complex, accounting for 220 of the 370 acre site, was approved by the Jackson County Court on May 21, 1968. The agreement was the largest single land deal in county history.

    1968

    Royals founder Ewing Kauffman and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt joined other local dignitaries in turning the first shovels of earth for the sports complex project on Thursday July 11, 1968. The ceremony took place just off Leeds Road, now known as Stadium Drive, not far from current day Gate Six.

  2. 1970s


    1973

    Royals Stadium debuts the evening of Tuesday April 10, 1973 when the Royals host the Texas Rangers. The Royals post 12-1 victory - complete game for Paul Splittorff.

    • First Pitch - USN Lieutenant Commander Joseph C. 'Charlie' Plump Jr (returning POW)
    • First Game Pitch - Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff
    • First Hit - Royals Hall of Famer Amos Otis (1st inning Single vs Pete Broberg)
    • Fun Run - Royals Hall of Famer Fred Patek (1st Inning)
    • First RBI - Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry (1st Inning Single)
    • First HR - Royals Hall of famer John Mayberry (5th Inning; One on vs Bill Gogolewski)
    • Game time Temperature - 38 degrees
    • Note - Royals Stadium was the first American League ballpark was a full artificial surface playing field (Comiskey Park had an artificial turf infield from 1969-75).
    1973

    Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, then of the California Angels, threw his first no-hitter on Tuesday May 15, 1973 at Royals Stadium. He went on to toss an MLB record seven career no-hitters - three more than any other pitcher.

    1973

    The iconic Royals Stadium 'water spectacular' was not yet completed when the ballpark opening in April of 1973. The fountains debuted on Saturday, July 21, 1973 - just three days before the ballpark hosted the 40th MLB All-Star Game. They were the largest privately funded fountain system in the world.

    1973

    Royals Stadium hosted the 1973 MLB All-Star Game on July 24, 1973.

    • Twenty-two (22) Hall of Famers were on the field
    • Willie Mays 24th and final ASG - tied for most in MLB history
    1973

    Royals Stadium hosts concert by 'Three Dog Night' on Thursday August 2, 1973 while the Royals are on the road Chicago.

    1973

    Royals Stadium is inaugurated with 39,464 fans for a 12-1 win over Texas.

    1973

    California Angels ace Nolan Ryan records the first no-hitter at Royals Stadium. He struck out 12 for a 3-0 win, his first career no-hitter.

    1973

    Kansas City hosts the 40th anniversary All-Star Game. Cincinnati's Johnny Bench blasts a mammoth homer to spark a 7-1 National League win. Hall of Famer Willie Mays makes his last All-Star appearance and Royals John Mayberry and Amos Otis combine for 3 of the 5 A.L. hits.

    1974

    Royals Stadium hosts concert by The Allman Brothers on Friday June 14, 1974 as the Royals begin a nine-game road trip to Detroit, Milwaukee and Oakland.

    1974

    Royals Stadium hosts concert by Crosby, Still, Nash & Young on Friday July 19, 1974 as the Royals are on an eleven-game road trip to New York, California, Texas and Minnesota.

    1976

    Royals Stadium hosts 'Summer Jam 76' featuring Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon and others on Friday June 18, 1976. The Royals are on the road in Cleveland.

    1976

    George Brett hits a ninth inning inside-the-park home run in his final at-bat of the season to raise his batting average to .333 on Sunday October 3, 1976 at Royals Stadium. The hit gives Brett his first American League batting title edging teammate Hal McRae (.332) by .001 - the closet batting title race in baseball history.

    1976

    Royals Stadium hosts its first playoff game with ALCS Game 1 against the New York Yankees on Saturday October 9, 1976. The Yankees prevail 4-1.

    1976

    The Royals capture their first playoff victory with a 7-3 win in ALCS Game 2 against the New York Yankees on Sunday October 10, 1976 at Royals Stadium. Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff picks up the win in relief of fellow Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard.

    1976

    George Brett, Hal McRae and Minnesota's Rod Carew entered the final game of the season separated by .001 in the batting race. Brett (.333) went 3-for-4 to edge teammate McRae (.332) by .001 in a battle of one of the closest batting title races in baseball history.

    1977

    Jim Colborn becomes the first Royals pitcher to toss a no-hitter in Kansas City when he blanks the Texas Rangers on Saturday May 14, 1977 at Royals Stadium. The Rangers only base runners came in the sixth when Toby Harrah who reached on a hit-by-pitch and Jim Sundberg coaxed a walk from Colborn. The Royals won the game 6-0.

    1977

    Royals Stadium hosts 'Summer Jam 77' featuring Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, the Little River Band and others on Sunday June 26, 1977. The Royals are on the road in Oakland.

    1977

    Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry becomes the first Royals player to hit for the cycle at home on Friday August 5, 1977 at Royals Stadium. Mayberry singled in the first, homered in the third, tripled in the fourth, and doubled in the eighth. The Royals defeat the White Sox 12-2.

    1977

    The Royals begin a club record 16-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Wednesday August 31, 1977 against the Texas Rangers at Royals Stadium.

    1977

    The Royals set a club record with their 16th consecutive victory a 10th inning walk-off 5-4 win over the Oakland A's in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday September 15, 1977 at Royals Stadium. The streak ended the following night with a 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The Royals then won eight more consecutive games to complete an amazing 24-1 run during which they clinch their second American League Western Division Championship.

    1977

    The Royals reach the 100 win mark with a 6-3 victory over the California Angels on Thursday September 29, 1977 at Royals Stadium.

    1977

    The Royals win the final game of the season, a 2-0 victory over the California Angels on Sunday October 2, 1977 at Royals Stadium. The win is their 102nd which sets an all-time Kansas City record and was the most in all of baseball that season.

    1978

    Royals Stadium hosts 'Summer Jam 78' featuring Kansas, the Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, and Van Halen on Saturday July 25, 1978. The Royals are on the road in New York.

    1978

    Royals fans put attendance over the two million mark for the first time in Kansas City baseball history with a crowd of 40,237 on Saturday September 16, 1978 at Royals Stadium. BY the end of the 1978 season the total had risen to 2,255,294.

    1978

    The Royals clinch their third consecutive American League Western Division Championship with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday September 26, 1978 at Royals Stadium.

    1978

    The Royals finish at 92-70 and draw a season attendance total of 2,255,294, the first time Kansas City has drawn over two million fans.

    1979

    Royals Hall of Famer George Brett becomes the second Royals player to hit for the cycle at home on Friday May 28, 1979 at Royals Stadium. Brett tripled in the third, homered in the eighth, singled in the tenth, doubled in the fourteenth - then tossed in walk-off game winning home run in the sixteenth giving the Royals a 5-4 victory over the Orioles.

  3. 1980s


    1980

    Royals fans set a single-game club record with 41,860 in attendance to watch the Royals take on the New York Yankees on Saturday July 26, 1980 at Royals Stadium.

    1980

    George Brett goes 4-4 with two doubles and 5 RBI in 8-3 win against Toronto on Sunday August 17, 1980. The last hit of the four hits, a bases loaded 3 RBI double, pushes Brett's batting average to .401 beginning his quest for the coveted .400 mark. He finishes the season at .390 for his second batting title and is named American League MVP.

    1980

    The Royals clinch their fourth American League Western Division Championship with a 5-0 victory over the California Angels in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday September 27, 1980 at Royals Stadium.

    1980

    Royals Stadium hosts 1980 World Series Game 3, Kansas City's first-ever World Series Game on Friday October 17, 1980. George Brett homers in the first inning, but its Willie Aikens' 10th inning single that drives home Willie Wilson for the 4-3 victory over the Phillies.

    1980

    The Royals even the 1980 World Series at two game each defeating the Phillies 5-3 in 1980 World Series Game 4 on Saturday October 18, 1980 at Royals Stadium. Willie Aikens hits two home runs in the game, which he had also done in Game 1 on in Philadelphia, to become the first player with a pair of two home run games in the same World Series

    1980

    Royals Stadium and Veterans Stadium hosted the first World Series played entirely on artificial turf in 1980.

    1982

    Royals Hall of Famer Frank White becomes the third Royals player to hit for the cycle at home on Tuesday August 3, 1982 at Royals Stadium. White homered in the first, doubled in the third, singled in the seventh, and tripled to drive in Onix Concepcion with the walk-off game winning RBI in the ninth. The Royals defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5.

    1985

    The Royals clinch their sixth American League Western Division Championship with a 5-4 10 inning victory over the Oakland A's on Saturday October 5, 1985 at Royals Stadium. Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson singles home Pat Sheridan with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

    1985

    The Royals capture their first win of the 1985 postseason after losing ALCS Game 1 & 2 in Toronto. 1985 ALCS Game 3 on Friday October 11, 1985 at Royals Stadium is perhaps the greatest game in George Brett's Hall of Fame career. He goes 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and three RBI. Brett scores the winning run and catches the final out in the 6-5 must have victory against the Blue Jays.

    1985

    The Royals stay alive in the postseason winning 1985 ALCS Game 4 over the Blue Jays 2-0 behind Danny Jackson's complete game shutout on Sunday October 13, 1985 at Royals Stadium. The victory leaves the Royals down three games to two, but sends the series back to Toronto.

    1985

    The Royals again stay alive with a thrilling ninth-inning rally in 1985 World Series Game 6 defeating the Cardinals 2-1 on Saturday October 26, 1985 at Royals Stadium. Dane Iorg's bases loaded pitch hit single drives in Onix Concepcion and Jim Sundberg in what the Kansas City Star memorably headlined - 'The Miracle On I-70'.

    1985

    The Royals emphatically deliver Kansas City's first World Series Championship with a rousing 11-0 victory in a decisive World Series Game 7 on Sunday October 27, 1985 at Royals Stadium. Bret Saberhagen goes the distance in the final game and is named MVP.

    1986

    In his first start since suffering a devastating knee injury in May of 1983, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard tosses a three-hit shutout before an NBC 'Game of the Week' audience on Saturday April 12, 1986 at Royals Stadium. The Royals defeat Toronto 1-0 - the only run coming on a Jorge Orta pinch-hit RBI double driving in Buddy Biancalana with two out in the 8th.

    1986

    Pitcher Steve Busby and outfielder Amos Otis are inducted as the first two members of the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday June 7, 1986 at Royals Stadium.

    1986

    The Royals make the signing of 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson official on Saturday June 21, 1986 at Royals Stadium. Jackson was the Royals 4th round selection in the 1986 June Baseball Draft.

    1986

    Bo Jackson makes his Major League debut on Tuesday September 2, 1986 at Royals Stadium. His first at-bat comes in the second inning against future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. After just missing a long home run down the left field line, Jackson gets his first hit by legging out an infield single.

    1986

    Bo Jackson hits his first career home run on Sunday September 14, 1986 at Royals Stadium. The blast comes as Jackson is leading-off the fourth inning against Mike Moore - it measures 475 feet which is the longest in Royals Stadium history.

    1987

    Dick Howser's #10 becomes the first retired by the club and he is posthumously inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday July 3, 1987 at Royals Stadium.

    1987

    Royals rookie third baseman Kevin Seitzer becomes the second Royals player to record six hits in a single game - the first to turn the feat at home on Sunday August 2, 1987 at Royals Stadium. Seitzer singled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the fourth, homered in the fifth, singled in the seventh, and doubled in the eighth, The Royals defeated the Red Sox 13-5.

    1989

    Royals fans set a single season attendance record of 2,477,700 including a crowd of 24,518 for the final home game of the season on Sunday September 24, 1989. The Royals defeat the Seattle Mariners 4-1.

  4. 1990s


    1990

    Frank White collects career hit #2,000 with a two-run double against Toronto in the bottom of the fourth inning on Tuesday September 11, 1990 at Royals Stadium.

    1991

    Royals Stadium's Sony Jumbotron, the largest full-color videoboard in the United States when it was installed, debuts on Opening Day Monday April 8, 1991. It remained in service through 2007.

    1991

    Danny Tartabull becomes the first Royals player to ever hit three home runs in a single game at home on Saturday July 6, 1991 at Royals Stadium. Unfortunately his three blast are not enough to produce a Royals victory as they fall to the Oakland A's 9-7.

    1991

    Bret Saberhagen becomes the second Royals pitcher to toss a no-hitter in Kansas City when he blanks the Chicago White Sox on Monday August 26, 1991 at Royals Stadium. The White Sox only record three base runners on two Saberhagen walks and an error by leftfielder Kirk Gibson. The Royals won the game 7-0.

    1993

    Royals founder Ewing Kauffman is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Sunday May 23, 1993 at Royals Stadium. Mr. K's on-field acceptance of the honor would turn out to be his final public appearance.

    1993

    Royals Stadium is officially re-named Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium during a pre-game on-field ceremony on Friday July 2, 1993. The honor had been proposed several times before, but this time Kauffman accepted the recommendation made by Jackson County. Mrs. K represents her husband at the service as he is too ill to attend.

    1993

    George Brett plays his final game at home on Wednesday September 29, 1993 at Kauffman Stadium. He collects an 8th inning single in his last at-bat and leaves the game to a standing ovation for a pinch-runner Phil Hiatt. The Royals defeat the Cleveland Indians 3-2. Brett returns to kiss home plate during a post-game celebration of his career.

    1994

    George Brett's #5 becomes the second retired by the club as he is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday May 14, 1994 at Kauffman Stadium.

    1995

    Kauffman Stadium's artificial turf was replaced by natural grass during the off-season between the strike shortened 1994 and 1995 seasons. The new bluegrass field is unveiled on Opening Day Wednesday April 26, 1995. Royals Hall of Fame groundskeeper throws out the first pitch and the Royals defeat the Orioles 5-1 behind Royals Hall of Famer Kevin Appier's 6.2 innings of no-hit baseball.

    1995

    Frank White's #20 becomes the third retired by the club as he is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Sunday July 2, 1995 at Kauffman Stadium.

    1996

    Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr of the Orioles broke Sachio Kinugasa of Japan 'world record' for consecutive games played at 2,216 on June 14, 1996 at Kauffman Stadium. Ripken had broken Lou Gehrig's MLB mark of 2,130 consecutive games played the previous year.

    1996

    Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, then with his hometown Minnesota Twins, became the 21st member of the MLB's 3,000 Hit Club on September 16, 1996 with a fifth-inning triple off the Royals' Jose Rosado at Kauffman Stadium - it was the first, and remains the only, 3,000th hit triple in history.

    1997

    Kauffman Stadium hosts its first ever interleague game when the Royals welcome the Houston Astros on Monday June 16, 1997. The Royals prevail 5-2.

    1999

    Kauffman Stadium debuts a few new renovations including the Crown Club, Dugout Suites and a lower level 'blue' seat replacement on Opening Day Monday April 5, 1999.

    1999

    Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery records his 300th career save closing out an 8-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday August 25, 1999 at Kauffman Stadium. Montgomery became the 10th MLB pitcher to reach 300 saves and the first to mark the milestone having every one of his career saves with a single club.

    1999

    The Royals hold an on-field ceremony to honor George Brett's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  5. 2000s


    2000

    Kauffman Stadium debuts a few more renovations including the Royal Pavilion and an upper level 'blue' seat replacement on Opening Day Friday April 7, 2000. First the first time Kauffman Stadium's seating was all blue in place of the original 1973 orange and gold.

    2000

    The Glass Family is formally introduced as the second owners in the history of the Kansas City Royals during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday June 10, 2000 at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1.

    2000

    Kansas City goes over the 50 million mark in attendance.

    2004

    Kansas City goes over the 60 million mark in attendance.

    2005

    The Buddy Bell era begins as Kansas City defeats the New York Yankees in Bell's managerial debut with the Royals. KC would go on to sweep the Yankees in the three-game series.

    2005

    The Royals celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1985 World Championship with a World Series Reunion Weekend.

    2006

    Jackson County voters approve a 3/8 cent sales tax ballot issue on Tuesday April 4, 2006 to renovate both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead. Along with funds fronted by the Royals, the result for Kauffman Stadium will be a $250 million full-scale renovation.

    2006

    The Press Box at Kauffman Stadium is officially re-named in honor of former Kansas City Star Editor, Royals Board of Directors Member, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Joe McGuff on Friday April 21, 2006.

    2006

    Outfielder Reggie Sanders hits his 300th career home run off of Tampa Bay's Chad Harville to become just the fifth player in Major League history to record both 300 home runs and 300 steals in a career, joining Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson and Willie Mays. Steve Finley became the sixth member of the elite group later in 2006.

    2006

    Mascot Sluggerrr celebrates his 10th birthday.

    2006

    The Royals named the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff.

    2007

    Royals owner David Glass, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Hall of Famer George Brett and other dignitaries take part in the officially ground breaking ceremony On Wednesday October 3, 2007 at Kauffman Stadium for the ballpark's $250 million renovation project.

    2008

    The final home game in the "old" Kauffman Stadium is played.

    2008

    Kauffman Stadium's CrownVison debuts at the home opener on April 10, 2008. The second generation 'crown scoreboard' measuring 105 feet tall and 85 feet wide was the largest HD display in the world when installed.

    2009

    Kauffman Stadium 'officially' re-opens after a full $250 million renovation on Friday April 10, 2009 for the Royals home opener against the New York Yankees.

    2009

    Zack Greinke sets Royals club record for strikeouts in a single game with fifteen (15) against the Cleveland Indians on August 25, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium.

  6. 2010s


    2010

    Kansas City goes over the 70 million mark in attendance.

    2012

    Kauffman Stadium hosted the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on July 10, 2012. The event made Royals/Kauffman Stadium one of four ballparks still in use to host multiple ASGs (joining Angel Stadium, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park).

    2012

    Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers completed MLB's first 'Triple Crown' season since Boston's Carl Yastzemski in 1968 on October 3, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium. He collected his final hit, home run and run batted in during the season final series in Kansas City.