(Written by KCBHS member Larry Lester)
The players called him Skip, for he was the captain of the mother ship that sent more Negro League veterans ashore to the major leagues than any other vessel. His crew included George Altman, Gene Baker, Ernie Banks, Willard “Home Run” Brown, J.C. Hartman, Pancho Herrera, Elston Howard, Connie Johnson, Sweet Lou Johnson, Hank Mason, Satchel Paige, Hank Thompson and Bob Thurman, to name just a few.
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The Kansas Baseball Society will host the February meeting featuring special guest former Kansas City Royals outfielder Joey Gathright.
Thursday February 20, 2014 at the Westport Flea Market
The Kansas City Baseball Historical Society is pleased to announce that former Kansas City Royals outfielder Joey Gathright will be the special guest at the February 2014 meeting at the Westport Flea Market. The meeting will start at 7:00, and members that wish to dine should arrive before 6:30.
Joey Gathright played for the Kansas City Royals from 2006 to 2008. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001 and played for Tampa Bay from 2004 to 2006. He came to Kansas City in a trade along with Fernando Cortez in exchange for relief pitcher J.P. Howell. After leaving Kansas City Joey played with the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and 2011. Joey also played for the Kansas City T-Bones in 2013.
There is no charge for current KCBHS members. Non-members are welcome to attend, but must join the KCBHS at the door (for the yearly membership dues of $25).
Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO
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