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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.[1]

Kansas City Blues
18881954
(1888, 18901891, 18931901, 19021954)
Kansas City, Missouri
KansasCityBlues caplogo.svg
Cap insignia
Class-level
Previous
  • Triple-A (1946–1954)
  • Double-A (1908–1945)
  • A (1902–1907)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueAmerican Association (20th Century) (1902–1954)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
Class titles 1 (1929)
League titles 8 (1888, 1890, 1898, 1901, 1929, 1938, 1952, 1953)
Team data
Previous names
Kansas City Blues
Previous parks
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.[1]

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.

When the American League Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City in 1955, the Blues moved to Denver, Colorado, as the Denver Bears.

The 1923, 1929, and 1939 Blues were recognized as being among the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.[2]

Notable alumniEdit

Hall of Fame alumni

Players and managers Well-known members of the 1929 Junior World Series-winning Kansas City Blues included:[1]

Other well-known players and managers include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c 1929 Kansas City Blues from the Minor League Baseball website
  2. ^ "Top 100 Teams". MiLB.com. 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  3. ^ 1951 Kansas City Blues Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com