July 10, 1945

Kansas City Royals star Hal McRae was born on this date. He defined the position of designated hitter.

April 8, 1969

On this date in Missouri sports history, the Kansas City Royals play their first game ever, beating the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings.

Roger Maris

September 10, 1934

Baseball Hall of Famer Roger Maris was born on this day. He played for both the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.  

February 7, 1953

The great right-handed relief pitcher, Dan Quisenberry was born on this date. He spent a year and a half with the Cardinals but most of his brilliant career was with the Kansas City Royals.

Mark Littell Shares His Wildest Stories

Country Boy is Mark’s second book, following his 2016 memoir, On the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball. Mark, who used to enter games to John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” describes his latest work as a coming-of-age nonfiction story about how his character formed while growing up in Missouri.