Ball Star

How did the Royals get their nickname?

Updated: 2013-04-08T04:03:10Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

As you prepare for today's home opener, you may wonder how the Royals got their nickname.

Here you go: After Kansas City got an expansion franchise for the 1969 season, fans were invited to submit ideas for the nickname.

Sanford Porte’s submission was one of more than 17,000 and it was the winner.

“There were several names bandied about when the contest started, " Porte told The Star in 1991. "The Blues, the Scouts and several others. I thought Royals sounded best.

"Because of Missouri's billion-dollar livestock income and the nationally known American Royal Parade, I came up with Royals. For an emblem I suggested a royal blue crown on a white diamond."

The Mental Floss blog has a look at how every team came up with their nicknames. Read more here.

Other links of note:

**Major League Baseball will honor military members from every major-league city at the All-Star Game. From now through May 17, go to TributeforHeroes.com to nominate an active or former member of the Armed Forces to represent the Royals at the 84th Midsummer Classic.

**What would a Royals uniform look like if it were a soccer jersey? Take a look at the Royals and other teams here.

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