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Due in March, ‘Season of SungWoo’ recounts Royals’ return to prominence

SungWoo Lee has returned to South Korea, but thanks to a book due out in March, his time in KC and with the Royals will not soon be forgotten.
SungWoo Lee has returned to South Korea, but thanks to a book due out in March, his time in KC and with the Royals will not soon be forgotten. Cover art courtesy Chris Kamler

The Royals’ incredible run to, and through, the 2014 playoffs inspired several commemorative books (including one published by The Star).

Well, another is about to hit the shelves. One with a distinct South Korean flavor.

Due out in March is “The Silence, The Series & The Season of SungWoo,” Chris Kamler’s recounting of the events that brought SungWoo Lee, a longtime Royals fan from Seoul, South Korea, to Kansas City and wove him into the tapestry of the club’s World Series season.

Launched via a kickstarter fund-raiser, the book tells the story how a small group of Royals fans in KC — who’d never met in person — came together through social media to show SungWoo the time of his life ... and how SungWoo’s presence here in August seemed to spark the Royals themselves to ever greater heights.

Along the way, we learn a little more about Kamler — a lifelong Kansas Citian and the man behind the @TheFakeNed Twitter account, among other things — and his counterparts, who coordinated SungWoo’s journey and acted as his tour guides.

In all, it’s an easy-reading 133-page effort that includes numerous photos, a foreward by well-known Royals blogger Rany Jazayerli and an epilogue by SungWoo himself.

“Seeing the outpouring of support from Kansas City and how it helped affect the city, the team and all of us was truly inspiring,” Kamler said.

The book can be pre-ordered at thekcpost.com/book and will be available via Amazon.com in March.

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