Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
I have a few friends who have a goal to visit every major league ballpark in the U.S. and watch a game with the home team taking on a visiting team. I can appreciate this goal, but if you are like me and do not have the time nor the money to pursue that goal, I have an alternative that can meet any baseball fan’s budget and time allotment.
I am listing here for your viewing and baseball pleasure the Five Most Nostalgic Ballparks in Major League Baseball. These are the five most classic ballparks in all of baseball. They are listed beginning with number five and ending with number one.
5. Kauffman Stadium
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, nicknamed the “The K” is located in Kansas City, MO and the home of the Kansas City Royals. The stadium used to be called Royal’s Stadium but the name was changed to honor the Royal’s foundering owner.
In 1968 Charles O. Finley was the owner of the Kansas City Athletics. He decided to move the team to Oakland, CA. This left Kansas City without a baseball team. With the help of Senator Stuart Symington, Kansas City became an expansion franchise and with the purchase of the franchise by Ewing Kauffman the Royals played their first game in 1969.
After playing four years at Kansas City Memorial Stadium, on April 10, 1973, The Royals played their first game at their new Royal’s Stadium.
Features of Kauffman Stadium:
The stands wrap around the infield and end at the foul poles.
The best-known feature is the Waterfall and Fountain display behind the right field fence. This is the largest privately funded waterfall in the world. The fountains are on display before and after the game, and in-between innings, and the Waterfall runs throughout the game.
There has been a major renovation of the entire outfield to catch up to 21st century MLB standards.
Some of the changes are “party decks” near the Waterfalls, a Royal HOF in left field and a giant video screen in center field.
There is a new concourse behind the fountains where there are four statues honoring George Brett, Dick Hauser, Frank White and Ewing Kauffman and his wife.
The sole red seat behind home plate honors Buck O’Neal, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League who played from 1937 to 1955.
The Royals have had some lean years, but more recently they are back in the hunt. They won it all last year in 2015. This was their second consecutive year in the World
Series – pretty impressive.
Today Kauffman Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in baseball, but it remains one of the best in their sport.