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Kansas City Blues Queen in Parade
View of Kansas City Blues Queen in convertible leading parade honoring the baseball team.
Kansas City Blues Silver Anniversary Cake
April 15, 1952
Kansas City Blues officials cutting a 25th anniversary cake at a South Central Business Association luncheon. Blues Manager George A. Selkirk was present at the event on April 15, 1952, as well as "the...
Kansas-Missouri Finals of the 'Miss America Pageant'
Photo of Kid Nichols, "only Kansas Citian in Baseball's Hall of Fame" among other fan club members of "the 'Blues,' Kansas City's N. Y. Yankee farm club baseball team."
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...
Keepin It in the Family
Interview with the three members of Trampled Under Foot (TUF), a local blues band consisting of siblings Nick Schnebelen, Kris Schnebelen, and Danielle Schnebelen. The three were raised in the Kansas City...
Lindsay and Jo Shannon Bring Us the Blues
December 1, 2006
Interview with Lindsay Shannon, a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society, and the owner of B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q. Shannon discusses his experiences with live blues and blues on radio in Kansas...
Photo and biographical description of Roger Naber, 41-year-old co-founder of "the nationally acclaimed Kansas City Blues Society" and the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, as well as co-owner of "the...
Mama Ray Marks 20 Years
August 1, 2006
Article reports the 20 year anniversary of Diane "'Mama" Ray's vocals at the Saturday afternoon blues jam session at Harling's Upstairs (3941 Main St.). The author writes that the tradition actually began...
Photo and biographical article about Dr. D. M. Nigro, "[p]erhaps the most widely known doctor in the Pendergast organization" as "director of children's diseases" for the city and former "doctor for the...
Memories of Ed Toler, Other KC Bluesmen of '70's, '80's
March 1, 2006
Article recounts the author's memories of "Uncle Ed" Toler, a legendary Kansas City blues guitarist and bassist. Toler, who played guitar in a group known as the Evil Scoutmasters and bass in the Bon Ton...
Men of Affairs in Greater Kansas City, 1912: A Newspaper Reference Work
Photo and bio of George Tebeau, "a national baseball celebrity and one of the foremost baseball magnates of the Central West, owner of the Kansas City 'Blues' of the American Association." Born in Saint...
Minneapolis Millers Baseball Players
Two Minneapolis Millers baseball players, Eddie "Scrap Iron" Kenna (left) and Hugh McMullen (right), pose inside a stadium. Another player stands in the background. The photograph was likely take inside...
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.
Muehlebach Hotel, Main Lobby
Postcard of the Main Lobby at the Muehlebach Hotel
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,...
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...
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,"...
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.
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