The acceleration period in Kansas City’s rich sports history occurred in a time roughly bookended by crew cuts and grunge, or Joe DiMaggio and Joe Montana.
From the 1950s into the 1980s, Kansas City not only became a major-league town but experienced some of the greatest and most important occasions in sports. Trophies were hoisted, MVPs awarded, parades held.
The Kansas City Star, circulated during the afternoons and Sundays, and the morning Times captured the memorable moments and personalities in stories, photos and headlines.
And several of the storytellers, the eyewitnesses and historians, are around to relive those events.
This summer, four sportswriters who spent well over a collective century-plus covering sports for The Star and Times paid a visit to their old office. Sid Bordman, 90; Bill Richardson, 89; Fritz Kreisler, 82; and Del Black, 79, came to the newspaper in the 1950s or early 1960s, and relived the moments when the sports scene in Kansas City came of age.
These are their stories.