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A History of Disappointment, but Optimism Survives
November 24, 2013
Article describes problems facing the operations of the American Jazz Museum. The museum is compared against the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which it shares a location with on 18th Street, and local...
February 21-27, 2013
Article chronicles the 2013 board election of the Kansas City Blues Society. The organization's history is described. Former members and previous editors of Blues News, the KCBS newsletter, are interviewed...
Big Joe Turner
November 25, 1985
Obituary article about Big Joe Turner, an early Kansas City blues singer dying at the age of 74 on November 24, 1985 in California. Former singer and bartender "at the Sunset Club, owned by Felix Payne,...
September 26, 1971
Blues Stadium at 23rd and Brooklyn Streets opened on July 3, 1923, as Muehlebach Field. In 1937, it was renamed Ruppert Stadium; in 1946, Blues Stadium; and in 1954, it was renamed again as Municipal Stadium....
Book Seeks to Restore Cub's Great Jewish Heritage
April 7, 2006
A new book entitled Johnny Kling: A Baseball Biography by Gil Bogen has recently been published. The author contends that Kling was Jewish although Kling's wife Lillian asserted he was not. Kling was a...
Choo Choo Roberts Made Tracks from KC
December 24, 2005
Brief article noting that the previous New York Giants record of most yards rushing in a single game (broken in December, 2005 by Tiki Barber in a game against the Chiefs) had been set by Gene "Choo Choo"...
Death of Robert Rhoades
January 21, 1956
Obituary for Robert Rhoades, 76, who played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians from 1903 to 1909 and for the Kansas City Blues until he retired in 1913. Rhoades also built and operated the...
Frederick Walter Toomey Obituary
Obituary for Frederick Walter Toomey, or Frederick Toomey, a school teacher and former catcher for the Kansas City Blues baseball team dying on June 27, 1958.
Holy Cow! He's Gone
August 15, 2007
Article explains the Kansas City ties of former New York Yankee's shortstop and announcer Phil Rizzuto, who died August 13, 2007. Rizzuto payed two seasons with the Kansas City Blues (1939, 1940) and in...
It Simply Was Time for the Blues to Go
Article about the end of the "5-year history of the Kansas City Blues" minor league professional hockey team, a farm team of the Saint Louis Blues.
K.C.K. to Honor Legendary Blues Promoter
November 2-8, 2012
Article announces that Roger Naber will be honored during the 2012 Historical Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance. Naber's past role in organizing the dance is discussed. Details regarding Naber's 33 year career...
KC Blues Performer Takes Own Life
January 11, 2006
Article describing the apparent suicide of Kansas City blues guitarist Lester "Wizard" King. King, an accomplished blues guitarist and performer, reportedly fired shots on the premises of Midwest Lighting...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
Mrs. John Kling
Obituary for Mrs. John Kling, dying at the age of 89 on October 19, 1970. Widow of John Kling, owner of the Kansas City Blues baseball team from 1933 to 1937.
No Draft Answer: Problem at Damages on Franchise Shifts. ..
For 53 years the Blues meant baseball in Kansas City and now the team is going to Denver.
Pinstripes & The Plains: The History of Kansas City's Long and Winding Relationshiop with the Yankees
September 9, 2007
This article explores the relationship over the years between Kansas City's major league baseball teams and the New York Yankees. According to the article, "Lou Gehrig played his final game in Kansas City,...
Showing How Work Is Progressing on the New Blue Baseball Park
Photo of Municipal Stadium, under construction in 1923 at 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue. Built as Muehlebach Field for the Kansas City Blues minor league baseball team and later renamed Ruppert Stadium,...
February 13, 1958
Vertical file containing a photo and biographical article about Hector Lopez, or Hec Lopez, a member of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team. Lopez set hitting records in the "winter ball" league in...
Team Will Be Royals: Ewing Kauffman Announces Name Selected from 17,000 Entries in Contest for American League Baseball Club
Article about the origin of the name of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, suggested by Sanford Porte ("an engineer with Howard-Needles-Tammen & Bergendoff" residing in Overland Park) in a 1968 naming...
Where Crash Lands, Sparks Fly
January 25, 2006
Article profiles KKFI-FM (90.1) radio personality "Connie Crash" (aka Connie Humiston). Crash and her "Soul Fixin' Blues" show on Tuesday afternoons are described as fixtures of the Kansas City blues scene....
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