Royals HOF Class of 2008: Art Stewart
We just announced that Art – who can often be found scouting Royals games from his seat behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium – will be inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2008.
Following is the official release from Media Relations.
KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan. 29, 2006) — Art Stewart, the Royals Senior Advisor to General Manager Dayton Moore, will represent the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame class of 2008, becoming the 23rd member of the elite group. On-field induction ceremonies will be scheduled at a later date.
“There is no one more deserving of this prestigious honor than Art Stewart,” Royals President Dan Glass said. “He has devoted over 50 years to the game of baseball, the last 39 with the Kansas City Royals organization. His passion and knowledge is an inspiration to everyone in the baseball community."
Stewart, entering his 39th season with the Royals, is the longest tenured associate in the organization. The 2007 winner of the Roland Hemond Award, presented by Baseball America for long-time service in scouting and player development, has held the position of Senior Advisor to the General Manager since 1997 after serving as the Royals Director of Scouting from 1984-96.
During Stewart’s tenure as Director of Scouting, the Royals were named Major League Baseball Organization of the Year by USA Today in 1984, Baseball America in 1994, and Topps in 1984-85 and 1994-95. Stewart drafted more than 70 players that reached the Major Leagues, including Bo Jackson, Kevin Appier, Brian McRae, Mike Sweeney, Johnny Damon, Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran. He is a 15-year member on the Major League Scouting Bureau Board of Directors.
Stewart has played a major role in the origination of the Royals Dominican program, helping the club start the Salcedo Academy in the Dominican Republic. Stewart was recognized in 1998 when the former Royals Academy building was named in his honor.
Before joining the Royals front office, he spent 16 years covering the Midwest as a Royals scout. He began his career in professional baseball in 1953 as a territorial scout for the New York Yankees and was the Midwest Scouting Supervisor from 1958-69.
Stewart has received numerous awards during his 54 years in baseball, including the Ewing M. Kauffman Scouting Award in 1970 and 1983. In 1998 he received an award “For Long Meritorious Service to Baseball” from colleagues and the Topps Company. He received the Bing Devine Executive of the Year Award at the second St. Louis Major League Scouts Hall of Fame Banquet in 1998 and was named “Mister Baseball” at the 29th Kansas City Royals Awards Banquet in January of 1999. Stewart was honored prior to the 2002 season at the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago’s 56th Annual Dinner with the prestigious Baseball Excellence Award, given for meritorious service to the game of baseball.
Here’s where the list of Royals HOF inductees stands:
- 1986: Pitcher Steve Busby and Outfielder Amos Otis
- 1987: Manager **** Howser, Second Baseman Cookie Rojas and Pitcher Paul Splittorff
- 1989: Pitcher Dennis Leonard and Designated Hitter Hal McRae
- 1992: Club President Joe Burke, Pitcher Larry Gura and Shortstop Fred Patek
- 1993: Owner Ewing Kauffman
- 1994: Third Baseman George Brett
- 1995: Second Baseman Frank White
- 1996: Royals First Lady Muriel Kauffman and first baseman John Mayberry
- 1998: Relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry
- 2000: Manager Whitey Herzog and outfielder Willie Wilson
- 2003: Pitcher Jeff Montgomery
- 2004: Radio Announcer Denny Matthews
- 2005: Pitcher Bret Saberhagen
- 2006: Pitcher Mark Gubicza