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Origins of Baseball Team Names 3

Kansas City Royals

The origin of the Kansas City Royals dates back to the 1540’s when spanish explorer Francisco Coronado discovered the area that is now Kansas. Coronada invented an early version of baseball using tree branches and coyote skulls and called it Skullstick. He was so enamored with the game that he created a secret society around it, naming it the Royal Conquistadores. The rules of the game were passed down from generation to generation but was seldom played due mostly to few people wanting to play a game using a coyote skull. In 1968 the society realized that the rules of Skullstick were similar to that of baseball and contacted baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn about inclusion in professional baseball. The Kansas City Royals joined the major Leagues in 1969.