In 1955, the Philadelphia Athletics were purchased by Arnold Johnson and were moved to Kansas City. It became clear from the start that this move was not for love or respect for the game, the fans, or the city of Kansas City, but from love of profit.
The Athletics stayed in Kansas City for 13 seasons before completing their manifest destiny and reaching the west coast in Oakland.
Kansas City's appetite for Major League Baseball, however, did not simply go away when the A's left.
The Royals joined the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969. The team was founded by Ewing Kauffman, a local entrepreneur. Stuart Symington, a senator from Missouri, demanded a new franchise when the A's left.
The Royals were competitive almost from the start, posting their first winning record in only their third year in 1971.
Soon after, the Royals made the playoffs seven times over ten seasons, from 1976-1985, making it to the World Series twice, losing to Philadelphia in 1980, and defeating St. Louis in 1985.
What the Royals didn't know at the time is that it would be their last trip to the post season for at least 26 seasons. Before we start looking ahead to next year, let's take a look back at the first 43 years.
This top 50 list was based on the Wins Above Replacement, or WaR statistic provided by www.baseball-reference.com. To make the list, the player had to appear in a Royals uniform for at least two seasons. The cutoff WaR rating was 7.7.