KANSAS CITY -- With the A's in town, the Royals found it a fitting time to honor the franchise that used to call Kansas City home.
Saturday featured a salute to the Kansas City A's at Kauffman Stadium, recognizing former players -- including pitchers Lew Krause and Diego Segui -- and groundskeeper George Toma. Another former Kansas City Athletic, pitcher Bill Fischer, served as the Royals' temporary bullpen coach on Friday and Saturday.
The A's had a relatively short stay in Kansas City. They moved there from Philadelphia in 1955 and left for Oakland following the 1967 season. Poor finishes plagued the A's tenure in Missouri. The team never finished higher than sixth place.
Saturday's salute also featured former team mascot, Charlie O. the mule, getting honored. A Missouri mule donned Charlie O.'s original blanket in tribute to the famous mascot, and fans had the opportunity to snap pictures with the mule. Fans also received retro Kansas City A's caps as a promotional giveaway.