Omaha Royals

The Omaha Royals are a minor league baseball team based in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. The team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals major league club. The Omaha Royals have been a member of the expanded Pacific Coast League since 1998. From 1969 to 1997, Omaha played in the now dissolved American Association. The team is owned by the Omaha Royals Limited Partnership, principal owners include Warren Buffett & Walter Scott, Jr..

The Royals play in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series for over 50 years. Omaha has been the only Triple-A location for the Kansas City Royals since their inception in 1969.

Beginning with the 1999 season, the team nickname was changed to the Omaha Golden Spikes. The name change was a reference to the Golden Spike driven at Promontory Summit, Utah to celebrate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. It was intended to celebrate the rich railroad tradition in Omaha, headquarters of Union Pacific. However, the name change proved to be unpopular, and after three seasons the team name was changed back to the Royals in 2002.

Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium is one of the few stadiums that still uses live music instead of prerecorded music. From 1973 through 2002, Lambert Bartak was the full-time organist; he holds the distinction of being one of very few baseball organists to be ejected from a game. Wilbur Snapp, of the Clearwater Phillies, was ejected in 1985, making him the first.

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1969 85-55 1st Jack McKeon League Champs
1970 73-65 1st Jack McKeon League Champs
1971 69-70 5th Jack McKeon
1972 71-69 4th Jack McKeon
1973 62-73 6th Harry Malmberg
1974 54-82 8th Harry Malmberg
1975 67-69 6th Billy Gardner
1976 78-58 2nd Billy Gardner Lost League Finals
1977 76-59 1st John Sullivan Lost League Finals
1978 66-69 4th John Sullivan League Champs
1979 65-71 6th Gordon Mackenzie
1980 66-70 4th Joe Sparks
1981 79-57 1st Joe Sparks Lost League Finals
1982 71-66 4th Joe Sparks Lost League Finals
1983 64-72 6th (t) Joe Sparks
1984 68-86 8th Gene Lamont
1985 73-69 4th Gene Lamont
1986 72-70 4th John Boles / Frank Funk
1987 64-76 7th (t) John Wathan / Frank Funk
1988 81-61 2nd Glenn Ezell Lost League Finals
1989 74-72 3rd (t) Sal Rende Lost League Finals
1990 86-60 1st Sal Rende League Champs
1991 73-71 5th Sal Rende
1992 67-77 6th (t) Jeff Cox
1993 70-74 5th Jeff Cox
1994 68-76 6th Jeff Cox
1995 76-68 3rd Mike Jirschele Lost in 1st round
1996 79-65 2nd Mike Jirschele Lost in 1st round
1997 61-83 8th Mike Jirschele
1998 79-64 4th (t) Ron Johnson
1999 81-60 3rd Ron Johnson Lost in 1st round
2000 64-79 11th John Mizerock
2001 70-74 10th John Mizerock
2002 76-68 4th Bucky Dent
2003 70-73 11th Mike Jirschele
2004 71-73 9th Mike Jirschele
2005 72-72 8th Mike Jirschele
2006 53-91 16th Mike Jirschele
2007 73-71 3rd Mike Jirschele
2008 63-81 3rd Mike Jirschele



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