Kauffman considered various philanthropic endeavors. His wife, Muriel, a long-time baseball fan, suggested the best thing he could do for the Kansas City community was to buy a Major League Baseball expansion franchise to replace the Athletics, who moved to Oakland after the 1967 season.
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Kauffman stepped up and was awarded the Kansas City Royals, which began play in 1969.
Muriel was a native of Toronto, who graduated from Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario, and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.