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5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Kansas City Is Baseball Crazy Now, But You Should've Seen 1955

Kansas City Municipal Stadium at 22nd and Brooklyn Avenue.
Credit Kansas City Baseball Historical Society

With the Royals in the World Series you might think that Kansas City has never been quite this excited about anything.

Everywhere you look there’s Royals blue.

But if you think Kansas City is baseball crazy now, you should have seen 1955 when the Athletics arrived from Philadelphia.

Jeff Logan, president of the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society says the whole city turned out when the team flew in from its spring training site in Florida.

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Sports
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Fans From Afar Cheer On Kansas City Royals Despite Some Odd Looks

Bill Fisher, a retired family physician living in Schenectady, N.Y., shows his Royals pride amid baseball memorabilia. The Kansas City native has been watching this year's playoffs "intently" with his wife, a Red Sox fan.
Credit Bill Fisher

Enough with the pity!

For Kansas City Royals fans who live outside the region, it’s a brand new world.

“The last lot of years, I have gotten a lot of pity looks and sympathy whenever I wear my gear or say I'm a Royals fan,” says Tara reid-O’Brien, who lives in Las Vegas. “And I have just told people ‘just you wait.’”

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Kansas City Royals
6:58 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Former Royals Talk About Kansas City Spirit And The World Series

Royals fans took a hit Tuesday with a 7—1 loss against the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, but ahead of the win in Game 2 Wednesday, a rally with former Royals who won the World Series focused on the positive.

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski led a panel of 1985 Royals Willie Wilson, Frank White and Danny Jackson at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. White said he sees similarities between the 2014 Royals and the 1985 Royals, but the fan support has been much different.

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Sports
10:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Royals Tie Up The Series With Game 2 Win In Kansas City

The crowd at Lew's in Waldo celebrates as the Royals take the lead over the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday night's game.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The Kansas City Royals tied up the World Series Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants with a 7-2 win in Kansas City. Each team has one win in the best-of-seven Series.

The teams will now travel to San Francisco and face-off in Game 3 on Friday night at AT&T Park. The Royals will need to win at least one game in San Francisco to bring the 2014 Series back to Kauffman Stadium.

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Sports
4:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Royals Fan All The Way From Korea Can’t Pull Team From Defeat

SunWoo Lee of Seoul, South Korea became a Royals fan while following the MLB to learn English.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

SungWoo Lee, super-fan of the Kansas City Royals, traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea, arriving at Kansas City International Airport on Monday to cheering fellow-fans.

His presence wasn't the World Series good luck charm he'd hoped it would be.

As the first game of the series got off to a shaky start for the Royals, Lee told USA Today, he was “a little bit down because of San Francisco's 3-0 lead." Lee was among the thousands at Kauffman Stadium who watched that lead grow to seven home runs. Eventually, the Royals scored one run.

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Wed October 22, 2014

For Kansas City Veteran And Singer, 'God Bless America' Stirs Up Pride In City, Country

Richard Gibson stopped by the KCUR studios for a preview of his rendition of "God Bless America."
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Richard Gibson, 33, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps just after high school and was stationed in Iraq. When his service ended in 2003, and he returned to Kansas City, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

With a love for singing and performance, Gibson turned to opera. For the past eight years, he's been a member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City chorus. He's also taking on a new role, as conductor of a Veteran's Chorus

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Sports
8:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

'Epic' Ride for Royals Fans Withers At World Series Open

The opening line-up of Game One of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium with the Kansas City Royals going up against the San Francisco Giants.
Credit Kathleen Kunkler / KCUR

Kansas City welcomed back the World Series Tuesday with a deafening roar after a dream season, only to be disappointed as the San Francisco Giants beat the Royals 7-1.

What had been an electric open quickly fizzled into first-inning fear as the Giants leapt to a 3-0 lead they held onto for the rest of the night. As fans left Kauffman Stadium early, diehards asked them to stay and look at the Big Leagues big picture.

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Central Standard
4:20 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kansas City Ex-Pats Root From Afar

No matter how big a Royals fan you are, if you’re somewhere else, you aren’t experiencing Kansas City right now. That’s got to be bittersweet for people who have spent years of their lives here, but who, for whatever reason, aren’t living here now.

Guests:

  • Lorenzo Butler, former Kansas Citian and director of public relations, Sacramento Kings
  • Sara Lerner, former Kansas Citian and reporter/afternoon anchor, KUOW in Seattle
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Sports
8:05 am
Tue October 21, 2014

For Some Royals Players, An Extended Season Means Hotel Living

It’s October and most Major League Baseball players have gone home — all except the players who are in the World Series.

For players who don’t live in Kansas City year-around, it means temporary housing until the series is decided.

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a father just before a stellar performance in the American League Championship Series that earned him the Most Valuable Player award in the series.

So, he’s adjusting to becoming a new parent and living in a hotel until the World Series concludes.

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Arts & Culture
7:44 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kansas City Arts Groups Root For The Home Team

Arts organizations, such as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, are reaching out on social media to show their support of the Royals.
Credit courtesy: Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Vying for attention with the red hot Royals this week, Kansas City arts organizations say the show must go on.

“There’s no reason you can’t love sports and art both – and I do,” Rocco Landesman, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts told KCUR on a visit to Kansas City a few years ago.

Still, arts advocates understand that the Royals' first World Series bid in nearly 30 years has made the city a bit sports-crazy.

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Sports
7:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A New Generation Of Royals Fans Knows Only Winners

Brothers Andrew and Will Duke of Kansas City are part of a new passel of Royals fans young enough that they haven’t yet experienced disappointment at the hands of the team.
Credit Courtesy / Katie Duke

It has been a long wait, but 29 years after the Royals won the franchise’s only World Series title, Kansas City is once again the center of the baseball world.

The team faces off against the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the World Series Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, just four wins away from bringing back the city’s second baseball championship.

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Tell KCUR
5:36 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Should The World Series Bet Be Between San Francisco, Kansas City?

If it were up to you, what should the World Series bet be between San Francisco and Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Courtesy photo / KCUR

Five-hundred pounds of Rice-A-Roni?

A trolley car for Kansas City's new streetcar line?

C’mon, Kansas City. We want to know what you think San Francisco should pony up if the Royals beat the Giants in the World Series. And what should Kansas City dish out if the Royals lose?

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Up To Date
5:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kauffman Stadium On World Series Eve: 'The Center Of The Sports Universe'

Up To Date broadcasts live from Kauffman Stadium on the eve of the 2014 World Series.
Credit Beth Lipoff/Eliza Spertus / KCUR

On the eve of the 2014 World Series, Up to Date broadcasts live from Kauffman Stadium, the "center of the sports universe."

During the hour we look at the team's chances in this year's series, what makes the Royals comeback so fascinating, how the staff of the Royals and Kauffman Stadium are preparing for packed houses and an onslaught of world media, and some new additions to the Royals Hall of Fame.

Guests:

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Here Are The Prophetic Lyrics To Viral 'Royals' Parody Song

Aaron Lage, writer of prophetic Lorde parody lyrics.
Credit Aaron Lage

Among the many non-team winners of the Kansas City Royals' improbable World Series run are Kansas City musician John Long and his friend Aaron Lage, who created what's now known by 243,290 (and counting) YouTube viewers as simply "Lorde - 'Royals' Parody|Kansas City 'Royals.'"

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Sports
10:09 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Meet The Team Standing Between The Royals And A World Series Title

After winning the World Series in both 2010 and 2012, the Giants are looking for more even-year magic against the Royals.
Credit randychiu / Creative Commons

The A’s: beaten. The Angels: swept. The Orioles: taken care of.

The Royals have sliced through the competition in this year’s playoffs, leaving them American League champions and one of just two teams left standing.

The San Francisco Giants dispatched the Pirates, Nationals and Cardinals to win the National League pennant and reach the World Series. Now, the first team to win four games will be crowned World Champion.

Meet the team standing between the Royals and the team’s second World Series title:

Team: San Francisco Giants

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Kansas City Royals
11:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Korean Royals Fan SungWoo Lee To Return For World Series

South Korean Royals fan SungWoo Lee is going to return to Kansas City for game one of the World Series.
Credit SungWoo Lee - Twitter

A Twitter movement to bring South Korean Royals fan SungWoo Lee back to Kansas City, Mo., for the World Series has triumphed. 

After the Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, fans took to Twitter with the hashtags #BringBackSungWoo and #SungWooSeries to lobby for Lee's return.

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Sports
10:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Royals To Face San Francisco Giants In World Series

Fox sports reporter Erin Andrews talks with Giants player Travis Ichikawa after he hit the game-winning homerun.
Credit Fox Sports

The Kansas City Royals will face off against the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series.

The Giants secured their spot as the NLCS Champions Thursday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in San Francisco. The game was the fifth in a best-of-seven series to clinch the pennant.

The Giants tied up the score 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homerun from Michael Morse. After switching out the pitcher in the top of the ninth, they kept the score tied into the bottom of the inning.

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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The 10 Best Major League Baseball Players Raised In Kansas City

Frank White, one of Kansas City's best and possibly its most popular baseball player.
Credit baseball card image

The Kansas City area has a long and rich baseball history.

This year's Royals team is just another chapter.

With that in mind, this longtime Kansas City baseball fan came up with a list of the top 10 Big Leaguers who hail from Kansas City.

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Kansas City Royals
3:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

LISTEN: What Winning Sounds Like In Kansas City

Finally, Kansas Citians can say they know what having a winning sports team is like.
Credit John Spertus / KCUR

It's been 29 years, so we almost forgot what it felt like, but on Wednesday Kansas Citians around the globe had a sweet sip of victory after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles to take the ALCS Championship.

We still have to prove we're the world's best — but for the time being, the sound of success is all you can hear in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
1:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Story Behind The 'Royal' Newspaper Every Kansas Citian Will Save

Charles Gooch waits for the game to end and photos to start coming in before he can start designing page one of the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Star designer Charles Gooch sits in the center of the newsroom, surrounded by televisions. He knows that this is going to be one of the front pages that people save for posterity.

“A lot of my friends on Twitter tell me no pressure, that they want to see the definitive A1 that they can put in their files and hang up on their walls,” Gooch says.

It’s the bottom of the 8th, Royals are winning 2-1, and Gooch is staring at a blank page with just the masthead. He’s getting the rest of the paper designed, so he’s ready as soon as the game ends.

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Kansas City Royals
12:43 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Which Team Would The Royals Rather Face In The World Series?

The Royals will either face the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series
Credit St. Louis Cardinals / San Francisco Giants / MLB

The Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Championship against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, and will move on to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. 

Fans are celebrating the historic moment, but the boys in blue aren't out of the woods just yet.

Now the question is which team will they face off against: the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants? And which would be a better matchup?

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Royals
11:21 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Listen To The Staff At WYPR In Baltimore Congratulate The Royals

Kansas City Royals player Lorenzo Cain takes a swing as teammate Eric Hosmer stands on deck.
Credit John Spertus / for KCUR

Last week, the NPR station in Baltimore, WYPR, made a wager with us over the ALCS Championship: If the Orioles take the pennant, the staff at KCUR must produce a radio spot of at least 30 seconds congratulating their team and if we win, they will produce a spot congratulating the Royals.

Well, we all know who came out on top.

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Sports
6:41 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Royals' Jason Vargas Says Pennant Win Is 'Unbelievable'

The Kansas City Royals didn’t waste any time.

They scored two runs in the first inning and held on to clinch the American League pennant with a 2-1 victory over Baltimore.

It’s the Royals' third trip to the World Series and the first since 1985.

Winning pitcher Jason Vargas refers to the World Series as the “Big Dance.”

“The only thing that could be better is to have the ball that decides the big dance,” Vargas said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s everything I imagined it would be. And more.”

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Sports
7:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kansas City Royals' Big Win In 140 Characters Or Less

Our Cody Newill tweeted this photo Wednesday evening at Kellys Westport Inn in Kansas City, Mo.: "#Royals fans are going nuts!"
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

By now, reality has sunk in for most of the Kansas City area.

The team with one of the most dramatic underdog stories in recent baseball history clinched a spot in the World Series Wednesday, when the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1.  

From crying fans to a photo of a flabbergasted George Brett, here’s a look at how Kansas City tweeted the historic victory.

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Sports
6:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kansas City Royals Headed To World Series

Kauffman Stadium was bathed in royal blue during the last playoff game Wednesday as the Kansas City Royals clinched the American League championship to go to the World Series.
Credit Kathleen Kunkler / KCUR

Sweeping away 29 years of heartbreak and bringing home an American League pennant to a rejoicing city, the Kansas City Royals clinched a trip Wednesday to the World Series.

Final score after a fast fall game under clear royal blue skies: Kansas City 2, Baltimore 1.

Screaming fans at Kauffman Stadium, on their feet for the ninth inning, counted down the outs until their beloved Royals were in the series.

"Three. More. Outs ... Two ... Strike out! ... One. More. Out ... Sweep! Sweep!"

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Up to Date
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Before They Were Royals: On The Field In High School

Credit Keith Allison / Flickr-CC

You’ve seen the boys in blue dominating the field in Baltimore and at the K, but they weren’t always pros.

We take a peek into the past of a few of the Royals… to see how they played in high school.

  • Tim Collins, pitcher
  • Hometown: Worcester, MA

Dave Nordman, deputy managing editor of sports at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, remembers Collins who "was always the smallest player on his team" at 5'5", but "even for his size, he was just the best player on his team by far." (Collins is now 5'7".)

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Sports
11:33 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Staff At Kauffman Stadium Say They're Ready For A Royals Victory

The Royals Staff at Kauffman Stadium says there is a lot more to do as their team stretches into the playoffs, but they don't mind.
Credit Michael Zupon / Flickr--CC

The Kansas City Royals are in a post-season winning streak that has local baseball fans in a frenzy. And with the World Series just one win away, the Royals staff at Kauffman Stadium is keeping extra busy — but despite all the extra work, they’re enjoying this post-season just as much as the players and fans.

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Kansas City Royals
5:59 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Royals Fans: Your Team Is One Victory From The World Series

Royals fans packed Kauffman Stadium Tuesday for the third ALCS championship game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

It’s not just about being in the playoffs anymore. It’s for the whole shebang.

The Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, Tuesday night to close within one victory from reaching the World Series.

The Royals are making the most of their first trip to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985 - and no one expected this.

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Royals
2:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Listen To The Awesome Songs These Fans Made Up In Support Of The Royals

John Long in his parody of Lorde's hit song 'Royals.'
Credit John Long / YouTube

Now that the Royals have made the playoffs for the first time in nearly 30 years, fans are celebrating in their own unique ways.

A recent spike of fan-made Royals songs have hit the Internet in support of their historical post-season journey.

Here's a short list of songs we dug up that were created by fans for the Royals:

John Long"Kansas City Royals" - parody of Lorde's hit-song "Royals"

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Central Standard
1:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Kansas City And Baltimore Public Radio Nerds Face Off

It's been a memorable season for the Royals, and city spirit is reaching all-time highs.
Credit International Business Times

Two underdog cities have made it to this year's American League Championship Series. The intensity among baseball fans in both Kansas City and Baltimore has reached a fever pitch. Public radio staffers have caught the bug; hear a little trash talk, public radio style.

Guest:

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