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50th Season Weekend Celebrations

For one weekend a month, throughout the 2018 Season, fans at Kauffman Stadium will be treated to a unique and memorable experience through in-stadium videos, on-field ceremonies, trivia, featurettes, giveaways, alumni appearances and more as we explore exactly what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over these last 50 years. From unforgettable moments, to lasting memories. From the unmistakable voice of Denny Matthews to the undeniable greatness of George Brett. From the fountains, the tailgating, the trophies, and the unrelenting loyalty. For everything that made Kansas City Royals Baseball a distinctive part of our lives over these last 50 years and for the future to come, we say proudly, LET'S GO ROYALS!

Thursday, March 29: Opening Day

Thursday, March 29th vs. White Sox

The Royals will celebrate the Club's 50 Seasons of baseball with many great elements, including participation by Ryan Lefebvre and Denny Matthews, on-field ceremonies honoring Royals alumni, ownership family members, a special In Memoriam video and a celebration of the two World Series Championships.

  • Giveaway: 50th Season Magnetic Schedule to the first 40,000 fans presented by Sprint
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear*
    • David Glass
    • Dan Glass
    • Julia Irene Kauffman
    • George Brett
    • Bo Jackson
    • Bret Saberhagen
    • And many others!

*subject to change

April 14 & 15: Stadium History

From April 8th, 1969 at 22nd & Brooklyn to present day at One Royal Way, the Royals have called just 2 stadiums "home" and during this kickoff weekend in April, we'll take a deep look at these two ballparks, and what makes them so special.

Saturday, April 14th vs. Angels
  • Focus on: Municipal Stadium History
  • Giveaway: Municipal Stadium Replica to the first 10,000 fans presented by Price Chopper & Pepsi
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • John Mayberry, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Fred Patek, Royals Hall of Famer
    • George Toma, Royals Hall of Fame Groundskeeper
    • Denny Matthews, Hall of Fame Broadcaster
    • Al Fitzmorris
    • Dave Wickersham
    • Tom Burgmeier
    • Steve Busby, Royals Hall of Famer
Sunday, April 15th vs. Angels
  • Focus on: Kauffman Stadium History
  • Alumni Scheduled to Appear
    • Lynne and Jennifer Splittorff (widow and daughter of Royals Hall of Famer Paul Splittorff, threw first Royals pitch in stadium history)
    • John Mayberry (first Royals HR in stadium history)
    • Fred Patek (first Royals run in stadium history)
    • Whitey Herzog, Royals Hall of Fame Manager
    • Steve Busby, Royals Hall of Famer

May 19 & 20: Royals Legends

From the heroes of the past to our more recent champions, you know the names by heart. During this weekend in May, we'll take a look back, re-live greatness and honor those that have made us recreate those unforgettable moments in our backyards and driveways. On Saturday, Legends Night will feature Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon, and Jermaine Dye. Find out how you can participate in an autograph session with the trio.

Saturday, May 19th vs. Yankees
  • Focus on: Royals Legends
  • Giveaway: George Brett Pine Tar Bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans presented by KCP&L
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • George Brett, Hall of Famer 
    • Bret Saberhagen, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Amos Otis, Royals Hall of Famer 
    • Mike Sweeney, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Frank White, Royals Hall of Famer 
    • Willie Wilson, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Lou Piniella
    • Carlos Beltran 
    • Johnny Damon 
    • Jermaine Dye
Sunday, May 20th vs. Yankees
  • Focus on: Royals Legends
  • Giveaway: Lou Piniella Replica Jersey to the first 15,000 fans presented by Papa John's
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • Lou Piniella, Hall of Famer

June 16 & 17: Family & Fan Traditions

Sometimes, Baseball heritage is passed down from generation to generation. Most of us were Raised Royal, but there were also a lucky few members of the same family who can both claim to have played for our beloved franchise. From the Wathan's, to the McRae's to you and your children, being Raised Royal is special in any context.

Saturday, June 16th vs. Astros
  • Focus on: Fan Traditions
    • From tailgating to "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey". We'll explore the unique things that make Royals baseball fandom the envy of the league.
  • Giveaway: 50th Season Baseball Hat to the first 10,000 fans presented by Price Chopper & Pepsi
Sunday, June 17th vs. Astros
  • Focus on: Family Traditions
    • Did you know that multiple Father/Son, Brother/Brother combinations have played for the Royals over the years? We'll take a closer look at these unique family bonds.
  • Giveaway: Father's Day BBQ Tongs to the first 10,000 males presented by Price Chopper
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • George Brett, Hall of Famer 
    • John Wathan, Royals Hall of Famer 

July 21 & 22: Giveaways & Entertainment

From T-Shirt Tuesdays and Summer Fireworks to Bobbleheads and Buck Nights, part of the uniqueness of baseball is its celebration of giveaways, special events and promotions, along with those faces and voices that bring the magic of the game to us in our living rooms, cars and porches on a warm summer night. We all know that baseball can be serious business but during this weekend in July, we'll also celebrate just how fun it can be, too.

Saturday, July 21st vs. Twins
  • Focus on: Giveaways
    • The fun stuff! We'll tell the story of giveaways in baseball, look at the best and most unique Royals giveaways over the years, how a bobblehead is made and much more.
  • Giveaway: Amos Otis Bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans presented by KCP&L
  • Alumni Scheduled to Appear
    • Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame Manager 
    • Amos Otis, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Cookie Rojas, Royals Hall of Famer 
  • Broadcasters Scheduled to Appear
    • Dave Armstrong 
    • Steve Busby 
    • Bob Davis 
    • Don Free 
    • Denny Matthews 
    • Paul Splittorff's family
    • Denny Trease 
    • Fred White's family 
Sunday, July 22nd vs. Twins
  • Focus on: Entertainment
    • KC has hosted 2 MLB All-Star Games over the last 50 Seasons ('73, '12) and we'll take a look back at these crown jewel events while also taking a closer look at the Royals through TV and Radio through the years.
  • Giveaway: 50th Season Coffee Mug to the first 10,000 fans presented by Subway
  • Alumni Scheduled to Appear
    • Bo Jackson (1989 ASG MVP)
    • John Mayberry (1973 ASG in Kansas City)
    • Amos Otis (1973 ASG in Kansas City)
    • Cookie Rojas (1973 ASG in Kansas City)
    • Billy Butler (2012 ASG in Kansas City)

August 11 & 12: World Championships

From "No outs to go!" to "It's over, they've done it!", 1985 and 2015 will forever live in the record of Royals history. Take a trip down memory lane as we celebrate these two historic teams, the incredible moments they created and the lasting legacy of their greatness.

Saturday, August 11th vs. Cardinals
  • Focus on: 1985 World Series
    • We'll take a look back at the 1985 World Series, with a few special guests dropping in for the party
  • Giveaway: 1985 World Series Champions Replica Trophy to the first 15,000 fans, presented by Old Dominion
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • George Brett, Baseball Hall of Famer
    • Charlie Leibrandt
    • Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Danny Jackson
    • Darryl Motley
    • Jorge Orta
    • Greg Pryor
    • Jamie Quirk
    • John Wathan
    • Willie Wilson, Royals Hall of Famer
    • Janie Quisenberry Stone, widow of Dan Quisenberry
       
Sunday, August 12th vs. Cardinals
  • Focus on: 2015 World Series
    • Help recognize and remember a team that forever changed the Kansas City landscape
  • Giveaway: Gold Threads Replica Jersey to the first 15,000 fans, presented by FOX Sports Kansas City
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • Luke Hochevar
    • Kris Medlen
    • Chris Young

September 15 & 16: Royals in the Community

Part of what makes the Royals organization, their players and the fans so special is the unmistakable spirit of giving back. Join us at The K as we celebrate those that have provided so much to our community over the years, from the Glass Family, the Kauffman Family, our players, our fans and everyone in between.

Saturday, September 15th vs. Twins
  • Focus on: Royals in the Community
    • Celebrate those players, fans and dignitaries that have given back to the community during their time with the club.
  • Giveaway: 50th Season Canvas to the first 10,000 fans, presented by Brown & Crouppen
  • Alumni/Dignitaries Scheduled to Appear
    • Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher
    • John Mayberry. Royals Hall of Fame infielder
    • Brian McRae, former Royals outfielder
    • Hal McRae, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder/DH
    • Les Norman, former Royals outfielder
    • Cookie Rojas, Royals Hall of Fame infielder
    • Reggie Sanders, former Royals outfielder
    • Willie Wilson, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder
    • Janie Quisenberry Stone, widow of Dan Quisenberry, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher
Sunday, September 16th vs. Twins
  • Focus on: Royals in the Community
    • Celebrate those players, fans and dignitaries that have given back to the community during their time with the club.
  • Giveaway: 50th Season Tumbler to the first 10,000 fans, presented by AAA Insurance