Kansas City has the distinction of having not just one, but two of the worst pro baseball teams of all-time…
The Kansas City A’s and now the Kansas City Royals. In fact you take out the George Brett era team of 76-85 (when the Royals were good), it’s pro sports worst franchise ever.
Example: the 1964 Kansas City A’s won 57 and lost 105.
The current Royals are close, but not quite there yet. Here’s a great one; both teams never had a true power hitter in over half a century!
My God, George Brett was the only real super star the franchise ever had, but really he was just a gamer. He hit some big time homers, but not a ton. He leads the team with 317 home runs – about 15 a year – decent. Hey, the biggest hit of all time was Brett’s three run homer off the Yankees Goose Gossage to send the Royals to the World Series in 1980.
After George, it’s pretty pathetic. Mike Sweeney has 193. Amos Otis (next to Brett the best Royal ever or tied with Hal McRae) has193. McRae has 169. Frank White, 160.
The least of any major league team in history, ever.
That’s just one of the major reasons the franchise has been a joke its entire history, except for the brief Brett era.
As a little kid I watched guys like Ed Charles, Dick Green, George Alusik (worst outfielder hitter in all of baseball, but a starter with KC A’s) Wayne Causey, Moe Drabowsky, John Blue Moon Odom, Rocky Colavito (highest paid A’s player, other than a pitcher – he made $50,000 his one year with A’s and hit 32 Homeruns in ’64). And his pal, Jim Gentile (28 homers with A’s and 46 with Baltimore in ’61).
And the only kinda star the team ever had, BERT "CAMPY" CAMPANERIS.
Campy was a joy to watch. Just him. Yes, the late 60’s A’s had Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter but that was only for a brief time and when they were here, guess what, THEY STUNK.
In Oakland they were baseball’s best and won three World Series with the same team.
So you can see overall the A’s were worse – but not much worse – of the two joke franchises.
It must make George Brett ill to watch any games here now, Christ, here’s how bad it is now and this is for real:
"Yeah, we really came back today, and turned things around – had some hits and runs – but lost 9-6. But at least we had a few runs," said a Royals outfielder.
That’s the mark of a major loser.
YOU GOT BEAT. AGAIN, YOU ARE IN DEEP LAST PLACE. AGAIN.
P.S. As a kid I watched the A’s on TV about twice a month in the early ’60s. But I thought all the Yankee vs. A’s games were taped repeats. They all looked like the same game, I don’t think we won ONE game in a however many years from them, NONE.
I liked the "Hamm’s Beer commercials" – you know, from the land of sky blue waters…comes the beer refreshing…with the team that STINKS.