The Kansas City Royals entered the league in 1969 as an expansion team. The team was the result of Missouri Senator Stuart Symington's actions. He demanded a new team after Kansas City's previous team, the Athletics, moved to Oakland in 1967.
The name "Royals" originates from American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held in Kansas City since 1899.
Curse of Baseball Abstract
The baseball statistical anaylst Bill James wrote a chapter in the 1986 edition of his Baseball Abstract titled "A History of being a Kansas City Royals Baseball Fan." In the style of an opinion piece as a longtime Royals fan, rather than in his usual analytical tone, James commented that "The truth is, the Royals kicked the holy crap out of the Cardinals" in the 1985 series. The Royals have not been in the post-season since