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U.L.’s Toothpick: The 50 Greatest Moments In Royals History (#15-11)

Need a refresher on the previous moments in this series? Numbers 41-50 are here, numbers 31-40 are here, and numbers 21-30 are here. The most recent entry, numbers 16-20, is here. 15. October 18, 1980: Aikens hits two homers in Series game—again On this list, we also previously mentioned Willie Aikens’ heroics in Game Three of the 1980 World […]


U.L.’s Toothpick: What If…The Royals Didn’t Fire Whitey Herzog?

It may have been one of the most short-sighted decisions in Royals history. After a disappointing 1979 season, the Royals fired manager Whitey Herzog, who had led the Royals to the playoffs the previous three years. Sure, there were off-field circumstances behind the move – Herzog had publicly criticized general manager Joe Burke and owner […]


U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Jose Offerman, 1998

It is perhaps the best tricky trivia question about Royals’ history: which player has the highest career batting average in franchise history (minimum 1,000 at-bats)? Most people, unsuspecting, would guess George Brett. Someone expecting an unusual answer might throw out Hal McRae or Mike Sweeney or someone like that. Most people probably don’t know the […]