|The Royals have been one of the most successful expansion teams in baseball history, posting a winning record in 14 of 19 seasons from 1971-1989. During a ten-year span (1976-1985) they won six division titles, made seven playoff appearances, earned two pennants, and won a world title.
By 1976 the Royals best player - George Brett - helped form a great team, along with Amos Otis, John Mayberry, Freddie Patek, Hal McRae, Dennis Leonard, and Larry Gura. Later, Willie Wilson, Frank White, Dan Quisenberry, Darrell Porter, and Clint Hurdle added to the mix. In 1976 Brett and McRae were involved in a bizarre duel for the AL Batting title.
The Royals were involved during those years in a rivalry with the Yankees, the two teams pairing off four times in the post-season from 1976-1980. In 1983 the rivalry took a strange twist in what became known as the Pine Tar Incident, propagated by Billy Martin.
In 1980 Brett's feverish drive toward a .400 batting average led the team to their first pennant. In the Series the Phillies beat the Royals in six games despite the efforts of Brett and Willie Aikens. In 1985 the team won a tight division and pennant race, finally winning the World Series led by Brett, McRae, Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen - the best pitcher in franchise history. In an exciting seven-game come-from-behind win, the Royals defeated the Cardinals.
After the 1993 season Brett retired, severing the final link to the Royals glory days. In 1999 he was elected to the Hall of Fame. The 1990s weren't kind to the franchise: longtime owner Ewing Kaufmann died and the team posted just two winning seasons.
The future looked a little brighter in 1999 with the arrival of Rookie of the Year Carlos Beltran, but the loss of Jermaine Dye and Johnny Damon via trade gutted the team.
In 2000 and 2001 the Kansas City Royals finished in last place 2 years in a row.
In 2002 they finished 4th and in 2003 they finished in 3rd place.
In 2004 the Kansas City Royals finished in last place in the American
League Central Division with a 58-104.
In 2006 the Kansas City Royals finished in last place in the American
League Central Division with a 62-100.