A very dismal season for our Kansas City Royals was interrupted last week when we learned David Glass was about to sell the team.

          A little history lesson seems to be in order here.

          In 1967 Charles O. Finley moved his Kansas City Athletics and his goats too, we assume, to Oakland. To avoid a legal battle Major League Baseball granted Kansas City an American League expansion franchise.

          Four groups applied with the founder of Marion Laboratories, Ewing Kauffman winning out. He and his wife, Muriel proved to be wonderful owners. Some say it was the finest trade ever made: Kauffman for Finley!

          Interesting point; One group vying for the franchise  had a plan to sell 75% of the team to the public like the Green Bay Packers do.

          The Kauffman's weren't afraid to "go for it." They built a strong farm system, developed players like Frank White in their unique Kansas City Baseball Academy. We fell in love with Famous Amos, Freddie, Big John, Splitt, Quiz, Bo and of course George Brett and they were successful winning the pennant in 1980 and the World Series in 1985.

          In 1973 the Royals moved into their new stadium that would one day bear Kauffman's name.

          Kauffman died in 1993. He won a World Series and was a central player in big changes in major league baseball including a players strike in 72 and the historic battle over the player’s reserve clause. Unfortunately, his Royals were not profitable most of his years.

          Unable to find a buyer Kauffman developed a plan to have the Royals operated by a charitable foundation after his death. David Glass was chosen as Chairman of that group until he purchased the Royals in 1999 for $96 million. Kauffman had paid $6 million for the franchise in 1969.

          Glass initially was a lousy owner. His unwillingness to pay stars like Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran who actually played in the same outfield before he traded them away demonstrated his faulty thinking.

          Glass evidently saw the light in 2006 when he hired Dayton Moore and turned the operation over to him. The Royals won the pennant in 2014 and the World Series in 15.

          Glass, now 84, is selling the franchise to John Sherman for a reported one billion dollars!

          Sherman once said, It’s a business, and it’s an interesting business, but if you’re not a fan, I don’t think you’ll enjoy the business.”

          Hopefully Sherman unlike Glass will be fan first and a businessman second. It should be interesting!

          I’m Steve Sauder

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