The Royals’ World Series championship spawned several commemorative books, but among the latest to celebrate baseball in Kansas City looks beyond the most recent accomplishments.
“From Worst to First, A History of Kansas City Major League Baseball 1955-1985” details major-league baseball from its origins, when the Philadelphia A’s plotted their move to Kansas City, through the birth and rapid rise of the Royals. The book concludes with a breakdown of the Royals’ first World Series title.
The book is the work of five former reporters for The Kansas City Star and Times. Sid Bordman, Del Black, Jim Murray, Joe Henderson and Bob Sands, were staff members for all or part of this period. Bordman and Black were traveling beat writers.
“From Worst to First,” features moments and personalities that shaped the era. You’re not going to like former A’s owner Charlie Finley, who tried to end Kansas City’s major-league status earlier than he did. You’ll have a greater appreciation for former sports editors Ernie Mehl and Joe McGuff, who fought to include the Royals in baseball’s expansion of 1969.
There is a photo, graphic or illustration by Murray on nearly each of the 210 pages.
The book is available for $24.95 at Rainy Day Books in Fairway and online at cumpys.com.