“It was a special time in Kansas City,” said Fitzmorris, who spent 1969-76 with the Royals. “We would go out after games, and we’d see stars from four different sports.”
Indeed, in 1973, the last time Kansas City played host to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, this was a sports town like few others.
— The Chiefs were three years removed from winning Super Bowl IV.
— The Royals, in just their fifth season under the ownership of Ewing Kauffman, who restored baseball here after the Athletics’ departure to Oakland in 1968, were on their way to becoming the most successful expansion club in baseball history.