Former Players Travel Midwest as Part of Royals Alumni Caravan
Last week marked a first for the Royals organization as the Royals alumni unveiled their first-ever Royals Alumni Summer Caravan.
A group of six former players – Royals Hall of Fame members Dennis Leonard and John Mayberry along with former pitcher Al Fitzmorris, catcher Ed Hearn, pitcher Marty Pattin and infielder Greg Pryor – joined long-time broadcaster Fred White and Sluggerrr to travel the Midwest last week.
As part of the four-day tour, the Caravan visited Clay Center, Kan., last Monday before heading into Nebraska. While in the Cornhusker state, the group made stops in Kearney, Hastings, York and Lincoln before returning to Kansas City on Thursday evening. Along the way, the group took part in golf outings coordinated by affiliates of the Royals Radio Network.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of the trip was the Alumni’s free instructional baseball clinics for local youth. The kids, numbered anywhere from around 75 to 200 per clinic, got to share the field with some baseball greats and get tips directly from the pros. The parents also had the chance to meet some of their Royals heroes.
While the Royals Alumni participate in a number of activities throughout the year, last week’s trip marked the first official Royals Alumni Caravan event. The tour was organized as a supplement to the club’s annual winter Caravan, which will continue this coming offseason. Last winter, the Royals Caravan visited appeared at 50 events in 35 communities – and racked up a few thousand miles over the Midwest landscape!
Even though their time on the baseball diamond may be over, former players continue to be a huge part of the Kansas City Royals organization. We look forward to continuing this Royal tradition and visiting more Royals fans during our future Caravan events!