Royals In Municipal Stadium

Joe Keough, 1969

Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium hosted professional baseball from 1923-1972 on the corner of 22nd & Brooklyn. It is most widely associated with the Kansas City Blues, Monarchs and Athletics, but was also home to the Royals for their first four seasons. The Royals opened their time at the park on April 8th and 9th, 1969 against the Twins. It was an auspicious start – a pair of 4-3, extra inning, walk-off wins for the home team. On the 8th, Joe Keough knocked in the winning run in the 13th inning, and on the 9th, Lou Piniella was the hero in the 17th inning. Just two games old and the franchise had played 30 innings. The Royals went on to play a total of 318 games at Municipal over those four years, and won exactly half of them.

Their was a surprisingly stable group of core players that were with the expansion team all four years in Municipal, including Lou Piniella, Ed Kirkpatrick, Paul Schaal, Bob Oliver, Joe Keough, Tom Burgmeier, Dick Drago, Jim Rooker and Mike Hedlund. Piniella played the most games at Municipal as a Royal (280). Amos Otis joined the team in 1970. Paul Splittorff pitched there between ’70-’72. (This was pre-DH, so he hit there too.) Fred Patek plied his trade as a Royal for the final two years in Municipal. Big John Mayberry began his reign as a Royal in ’72.

Dimensions at Municipal circa 1972. It played as a neutral hitter's/pitcher's park during the Royals time there.

Public bonds had been issued in 1967 to build what would become the Truman Sports Complex, and according to Curt Nelson, Royals Stadium was initially slated to open for the 1972 season, but was delayed a year by a construction strike. The team did not seem to mind playing in Municipal that year–they posted a 44-33 record at home. The Royals played their final Municipal game on October 4, 1972, and went out in style with a 4-0 shutout by Roger Nelson, who allowed just two hits to the Rangers. The stadium sat empty for four years before it was demolished in 1976.

The following leader-boards include only stats racked up by Royals players at home games in Municipal Stadium:

Games:

Lou Piniella 280
Ed Kirkpatrick 245
Paul Schaal 233
Amos Otis 223
Bob Oliver 206
Cookie Rojas 173
Fred Patek 149
Joe Keough 146
Pat Kelly 125
Jackie Hernandez & Tom Burgmeier 111

Plate appearances:

Lou Piniella 1119
Amos Otis 937
Paul Schaal 904
Ed Kirkpatrick 839
Bob Oliver 754
Cookie Rojas 691
Fred Patek 635
Pat Kelly 511
Joe Keough 430
Jackie Hernandez 402

Runs:

Amos Otis 123
Paul Schaal 107
Lou Piniella 101
Ed Kirkpatrick 92
Bob Oliver 78
Fred Patek 77
Pat Kelly 74
Cookie Rojas 65
Jackie Hernandez 42
Joe Keough, Joe Foy &
John Mayberry
36

Hits:

Lou Piniella 318
Amos Otis 259
Paul Schaal 202
Cookie Rojas 177
Ed Kirkpatrick 171
Bob Oliver 160
Fred Patek 149
Pat Kelly 118
Joe Keough 91
Jackie Hernandez 88

Doubles:

Lou Piniella 53
Amos Otis 48
Paul Schaal 45
Ed Kirkpatrick 31
Cookie Rojas 30

Triples:

Lou Piniella 12
Amos Otis 11
Fred Patek 8
Bob Oliver 8
Paul Schaal 7

Home runs:

Ed Kirkpatrick 26
Bob Oliver 18
Lou Piniella 17
John Mayberry 13
Amos Otis 11
Paul Schaal 6
Pat Kelly 5
Joe Foy 5
Mike Fiore 5
Richie Scheinblum &
Gail Hopkins
4

RBI:

Lou Piniella 168
Ed Kirkpatrick 120
Bob Oliver 95
Amos Otis 91
Paul Schaal 83
Cookie Rojas 68
John Mayberry 49
Joe Foy 48
Richie Scheinblum 34
Pat Kelly & Fred Patek 31

Stolen bases, caught stealing, success rate:

Fred Patek 58 11 84%
Amos Otis 57 12 83%
Pat Kelly 38 13 75%
Joe Foy 21 10 68%
Paul Schaal 11 6 65%

Walks:

Paul Schaal 120
Ed Kirkpatrick 104
Amos Otis 82
Pat Kelly 72
Lou Piniella 56

Strikeouts:

Bob Oliver 135
Ed Kirkpatrick 108
Lou Piniella 95
Pat Kelly 84
Jackie Hernandez 84

Batting average (min. 100 PA):

Richie Scheinblum .329
Amos Otis .312
John Mayberry .311
Lou Piniella .309
Steve Hovley .306
Cookie Rojas .283
Rich Severson .281
Gail Hopkins .279
Mike Fiore .276
Joe Foy .273

On-base percentage (min. 100 PA):

Richie Scheinblum .425
Mike Fiore .423
John Mayberry .403
Pat Kelly .379
Steve Hovley .378
Joe Foy .374
Amos Otis .371
Paul Schaal .363
Gail Hopkins .354
Jerry May .349

Slugging percentage (min. 100 PA):

John Mayberry .531
Richie Scheinblum .457
Amos Otis .436
Lou Piniella .434
Rich Severson .406
Ed Kirkpatrick .401
Joe Foy .400
Gail Hopkins .398
Mike Fiore .388
Steve Hovley .378

On-base plus slugging (min. 100 PA):

John Mayberry .934
Richie Scheinblum .881
Mike Fiore .811
Amos Otis .807
Lou Piniella .777
Joe Foy .774
Steve Hovley .756
Gail Hopkins .752
Pat Kelly .749
Rich Severson .743

Total bases:

Lou Piniella 446
Amos Otis 362
Ed Kirkpatrick 288
Paul Schaal 279
Bob Oliver 237

Wins:

Dick Drago 23
Tom Burgmeier 16
Mike Hedlund 16
Jim Rooker 15
Paul Splittorff 13

Losses:

Dick Drago 26
Jim Rooker 19
Wally Bunker 12
Mike Hedlund 11
Bill Butler 11

ERA (min. 50 IP):

Ted Abernathy 2.23
Bob Johnson 2.46
Moe Drabowsky 2.62
Dave Morehead 2.72
Tom Burgmeier 3.06

Games started:

Dick Drago 63
Jim Rooker 36
Mike Hedlund 31
Bill Butler 28
Paul Splittorff 28

Innings Pitched:

Dick Drago 476.2
Jim Rooker 267
Mike Hedlund 239
Wally Bunker 202
Paul Splittorff 197
Bill Butler 194
Roger Nelson 179.2
Al Fitzmorris 166.1
Tom Burgmeier 156
Bruce Dal Canton 137.2

Hits allowed:

Dick Drago 449
Jim Rooker 254
Mike Hedlund 220
Wally Bunker 186
Al Fitzmorris 178

Runs allowed:

Dick Drago 177
Jim Rooker 123
Mike Hedlund 96
Al Fitzmorris 93
Wally Bunker 89

HR allowed:

Dick Drago 30
Wally Bunker 23
Mike Hedlund 17
Bill Butler 17
Al Fitzmorris 11

Walks allowed:

Dick Drago 127
Jim Rooker 119
Bill Butler 100
Mike Hedlund 76
Al Fitzmorris 68

Strikeouts:

Dick Drago 247
Jim Rooker 151
Bill Butler 125
Paul Splittorff 125
Bob Johnson 123

Strikeouts per 9 IP (min. 50 IP):

Bob Johnson 9.2
Moe Drabowsky 7.2
Dave Morehead 6.6
Ted Abernathy 5.9
Ken Wright 5.9

Shutouts:

Dick Drago 7
Jim Rooker 7
Bill Butler 4
Paul Splittorff 3
Roger Nelson 3

Saves:

Ted Abernathy 19
Tom Burgmeier 16
Moe Drabowsky 6
Ken Wright 5
Al Fitzmorris 3

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