"It gave me no chance. He just blew it by me. But it's an honor (being Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strikeout victim). I'll have another paragraph in all the baseball books. I'm already in the books three or four times."
Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium) is a Major League Baseball
stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City
Royals of the American League. It is a part of the Truman Sports Complex
(together with Arrowhead
Field - 330 ft
Left-Center - 385 ft
Center Field - 410 ft
Right-Center - 385 ft
Right Field - 330 ft
Backstop - 60 ft
Foul territory - small
In 1968, Ewing Kauffman purchased the Kansas City Royals expansion team
and on April 10, 1973 the Royals inaugurated Royals Stadium with a win
over the Texas Rangers.
On May 15, 1973, barely a month into the stadium's existence, saw the
first exciting game at the new stadium. Nolan Ryan, pitching for the
California Angels threw his first of seven no-hitters (boxscore),
blanking the Royals, 3-0.
On July 24, 1973, Royals Stadium hosted its first Major League Baseball
All-Star Game. And in 1985, Royals Stadium saw the Kansas City Royals
defeat the St. Louis Cardinals for a World Series victory.
On July 2, 1993, Royals Stadium was renamed Kauffman Stadium in honor
of Royals owner Ewing Kauffman, who passed away the following month at the
age of 76.
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with its water fountains beyond the
outfield walls, was one of the more
beautiful Astroturfed baseball stadiums.
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