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Men Who Are Making Kansas City: A Biographical Dictionary
Photo and bio of James Henry Manning, or James Manning, a pharmacist and professional baseball player in Kansas City. Born in Wisconsin in 1862 and starting out in professional ball in 1883 and manager...
Metro News: Aspiring Lawyer Goes to Court
Photos and biographical article about Dwight Murphy, a black native Kansas Citian, "27-year-old graduate of the Notre Dame law school and basketball star at the now-closed De La Salle High School, 1524...
Mets' Ed Charles Makes It Big
August 16, 1968
Biographical article with photo about Ed Charles, a former Kansas City A's baseball player traded to the New York Mets in 1967, where he became successful.
Monarchs' Hilton Smith Dies at 71
November 20, 1983
Obituary for Hilton Smith, Sr. (ca. 1912-1983), a former Negro Leagues pitcher and teammate of Satchel Paige on the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team. Native of Texas coming to Kansas City from 1933 to...
Monarchs' Hilton Smith Elected to Hall of Fame
March 7, 2001
Photo and biographical article about Hilton Smith (ca. 1912-1983), "induct[ed] into baseball's Hall of Fame" in 2001 as "a former Negro Leagues star who pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1936 to...
Photo and caption about Cal Hubbard, a 75-year-old (in 1976) retired athlete and native Missourian becoming the first man to be elected to the professional Halls of Fame of both football and baseball.
Muna Gets Her Day
September 17, 2008
Olympic sprinter Muna Lee was once a student at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She recently returned to visit the school. Mayor Mark Funkhouser proclaimed Sept. 16 as "Muna Lee Day" in the...
Nick: After 11 Years as a Chief, Even the Best Can't Afford to Miss
Photos and biographical article about Nick Lowery, a 34-year-old (in 1990) Kansas City Chiefs football player holding the "record as the most accurate kicker in the National Football League," growing up...
Nonunion Builders Make First Area Inroads
Photo and biographical article about Jerry Mays, a retired Kansas City Chiefs football player (in 1971) and "president of the Kansas City chapter" of the Associated Builders. Discussion on the nonunion...
Now Comes the Big Blue Machine
Photos and article about the bright prospects of the young Kansas City Royals baseball team, with a new $2 million scoreboard and players such as Amos Otis, Fred Patek, John Mayberry, Hal McRae, and Cookie...
Obituary for Carroll Kramer Ward
February 8, 1972
Obituary for Carroll Kramer Ward, or Carroll Ward, a local tennis patron dying in 1972.
Obituary for Frank Cramer
May 13, 1971
Obituary for Frank Cramer, retired president of the Cramer Chemical Company and member of the N. A. I. A. (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Hall of Fame, dying at the age of 83.
Officiating Legend Summers Is Dead
April 15, 2014
Obituary for William "PeeWee" Summers, noted Kansas City area basketball referee. Summers was the first African-American student at William Jewell, and competed in basketball, baseball, and track. After...
Olathe Road Fete Closes amid Gaiety: Indian Bricklayer Wins Contest; Crowd Placed at 10,000
Photos and article about the winning of a large bricklaying contest in Olathe, Kansas, by Indian Jim, or James Brown, a 46-year-old Native American "former football hero." Description of the large crowd...
One of Us
Photos and biographical article about Frank White, "second baseman for the Kansas City Royals the past 16 years," raised here since the age of five "in a house at the corner of 29th and Olive" Streets....
Patek at Peace
April 25, 2004
Article describes the trials and triumphs of Fred Patek, shortstop for the Kansas City Royals during the 1970's. Patek, at 5' 5", is considered one of the most successful "small" shortstops to play major...
People of the Year '90
Photo and biographical sketch of George Brett, baseball star for the Kansas City Royals, describing his continuing excellence late in his career.
Portrait of a Hitter
Biographical article of rising baseball star George Brett during one of his best years and the Kansas City Royals' first World Series appearance, with photos.
Pro Football: Big Kick out of a Strange Game
Photo and biographical article about Jan Stenerud, "the Kansas City Chiefs' field goal specialist" from Norway, revolutionizing the position with his soccer-style kicking.
Pro Football: Call It Catch-as-Catch-Can
Photo and biographical article about Otis Taylor, star 29-year-old wide receiver or "flanker for the Chiefs" football team here and native of Houston.
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