This year's World Series will feature a couple of my top 5 all-time favorite teams: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants. My pick has to go out to the Kansas City Royals, where I spent many years sitting along the front row of the upper deck. With my final missing card of the 1970 Topps baseball card set arriving in the mail, I thought I'd use the '70 KC Royals team to present my prediction
The 1970 Royals team pre-dates George Brett by about 3 years, however, there were 3 players from this team that have been inducted into the Royals (not MLB) HOF: Amos Otis, Paul Splittorff, and Cookie Rojas. The Royals were still playing in Municipal stadium on the corner of 22nd Street & Brooklyn Avenue where the Kansas City Athletics once played before moving to Oakland in 1968. The Royals would not play in Kauffman Stadium until 1973 when George Brett would arrive, and Kansas City would host its 2nd All-Star game. Municipal Stadium had been the host site for the 1960 All-Star game. Including the 2012 All-Star game, Kansas City has now hosted a total of 3 All-Star games.
The pitching rotation for the Royals in 1970 included Bob Johnson, Jim Rooker, Dick Drago, Dave Morehead, and Bill Butler. The relievers included Ken Wright, Al Fitzmorris, and Tom Burgmeier. The closer was Ted Abernathy.
The primary position players were Ed Kirkpatrick C, Bob Oliver 1B, Cookie Rojas 2B, Jackie Hernandez SS, Paul Schaal 3B, Lou Piniella LF, Amos Otis CF, and Pat Kelly LF.