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Zack Wheat Posing with Boy
Minneapolis Millers baseball player Zack Wheat poses with a young fan. The photograph was likely taken at Muehlebach Field (22nd & Brooklyn) before a game between the Kansas City Blues and Millers
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....
Tree Dedicated to Lester ''Wizard'' King
May 1, 2006
Brief article describes the planting of a tree as a memorial to Kansas City bluesman Lester "Wizard" King. The oak tree was planted just north of the Charlie Parker statue in the plaza area behind the...
Three Blues Baseball Players
Three unidentified Kansas City Blues baseball players standing inside a near-empty stadium. The photograph was likely taken inside Muehlebach Field (22rd & Brooklyn) before a game.
The Success That Was Born in a Barn: There's Gold in Them 'Thar Blues
Article about the hockey team.
The Day Mickey Came to Town
Article contains the author's reminiscence of interviewing a young baseball prospect called up from Joplin to play for the Kansas City Blues--Mickey Mantle. Both Joplin and Kansas City were part of the...
Brief bios on the members that make up the band Bluz-Benderz, including Andy Kinne, David Shewmaker, Dennis Nickell and Wally Binney.
The Blues Comes Back to Kansas City: Its Traveling Days Are Over
Article about a revival of Blues music in Kansas City with descriptions of particular musicians (Chick Willis, Charles Musselwhite, Claude Williams, Willie Cyrus, Koko Taylor, and disc jockey Lindsay Shannon...
The Blues and Jazz Festival Reincarnated
Article describes the planned 2005 Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival at the Woodlands racetrack, September 3rd and 4th, 2005. Planner Mark Valentine has attempted to overcome the difficulties experienced...
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...
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...
South Central Business Association Records Finding Aid
ca1930 - 1960
The South Central Business Association began in the 1920s. It was a business group for the Linwood and Troost area of Kansas City, Missouri, and considered by some to be the first shopping district or...
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,...
Rusty Tucker of the Scamps Dies
July 1, 2006
Brief item reporting the death of Orestie "Rusty" Tucker, drummer, singer, and sometimes-trumpet player of The Scamps, a Kansas City jazz group. Tucker died June 14, 2006, at age 80.
Ron Rooks, Founder of Music Exchange, Is Remembered by His Legion of Friends, Fans
October 1, 2006
Article profiling Ron Rooks, who died August 28, 2006 in Kansas City at the age of 54. Rooks' record store, the Music Exchange, is described by the author as an "extension of Ron Rooks' own personality,"...
Remembering Piano Great Jay McShann
January 1, 2007
Brief article, accompanied by several photographs, describing the author's first exposure to the music of Jay McShann, and offering last respects to the musician, who died in 2006. The author writes that...
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,...
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.
Muehlebach Hotel, Main Lobby
Postcard of the Main Lobby at the Muehlebach Hotel
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.
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