Year Inducted: 1999 (BBWAA, ballot #1, 488/497)
Kansas City has had a long baseball history. In the 1800’s, it was a hotbed for semi-pro teams, and then had one of the greatest Negro League teams of all-time, the Kansas City Monarchs. When the Philadelphia Athletics moved, they relocated to Kansas City as one of the furthest west teams in the game. In the 1960’s, the A’s relocated again to Oakland, leaving a city with a rich history without a team for the first time in nearly a century. Then, in 1969, the Kauffman family successfully petitioned the league to expand into Kansas City once again, and the Royals were born. So, to say that Kansas City doesn’t have many Hall of Famers isn’t really insulting, since they haven’t had their own franchise for very long. In fact, KC has only one Major League player wearing their insignia in the Hall. That would be the greatest player the Royals have ever had, George Brett.