Kansas City Blues (American Association)
The Kansas City Blues were a minor league baseball team located in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Midwestern United States. The team was one of the eight founding members of the American Association.
|Kansas City Blues|
(1888, 1890 – 1891, 1893 – 1901, 1902 – 1954)
Kansas City, Missouri
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||American Association (20th Century) (1902–1954)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|Class titles||1 (1929)|
|League titles||8 (1888, 1890, 1898, 1901, 1929, 1938, 1952, 1953)|
|Kansas City Blues|
|Muehlebach Field/Ruppert Stadium/Blues Stadium (1923-54)|
The Blues did not field particularly competitive teams until 1918, when they won the AA pennant. The team won again in 1923, and again in 1929. They won the Junior World Series championship both years, defeating the Baltimore Orioles (minor league) and the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, respectively, in best-of-nine series.
In 1935, the Blues became a farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1936 they became an affiliate of the New York Yankees. They won the AA championships five times in the 1930s and 1940s. They defeated the Newark Bears (International League), another Yankees farm club, in the 1938 Junior World Series.
Hall of Fame alumni
- Jake Beckley, Manager, 1909
- Burleigh Grimes, Manager, 1946
- Mickey Mantle, outfielder and three-time AL MVP
- Phil Rizzuto, Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year in 1940
- Tris Speaker, Manager, 1933
- Casey Stengel, Manager, 1945
Players and managers Well-known members of the 1929 Junior World Series-winning Kansas City Blues included:
- Dutch Zwilling, manager
- Clyde "Pea Ridge" Day, pitcher
- Joe Kuhel, 23-year-old first baseman who later played for the Washington Senators
- Lynn (Line Drive) Nelson, pitcher
- Fred Nicholson, outfielder
- Bill Wambsganss, 35-year-old shortstop who was best known for making an unassisted triple play in the 1920 World Series
Other well-known players and managers include:
- 1929 Kansas City Blues from the Minor League Baseball website
- "Top 100 Teams". MiLB.com. 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- 1951 Kansas City Blues Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com