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The Kansas City Blues were a team in the minor-league version of the American League in 1900.

When the American Association was established as a new minor league in 1902, the Kansas City Blues were among the first members (playing as the Kansas City Cowboys in 1902-1903). Previously teams with that name had been active in the Western Association and Western League. From '02 through '54, the Blues were mainstays of the AA. They finished first in '18, '23, '29, '39, '40, '42 and '47. When the post-season was added to the AA, they played in '36, '38-'42, '47 and '51-'53. They won AA pennants in '18, '23, '29, '38, '52 and '53. In '23 and '29, they won the Little World Series and in '38 they won the Junior World Series. They lost the Junior World Series in '52 and '53. Among the famous players to appear for the team were Jake Beckley ('06 batting champ), Phil Rizzuto (Minor League Player of the Year in '40), Al Rosen ('48) and Mickey Mantle (40 games in '51). Minor league stars to appear included Joe Hauser (in 1927), Kal Segrist and Bunny Brief. The glory era of the team in the '38-'42 and '51-'53 stretches came as a farm club of the New York Yankees.

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1888 76-42 1st Jim Manning none League Champs
1890 78-39 1st James Manning none League Champs
1891 66-59 2nd Jim Manning none
1894 68-59 3rd Jim Manning none
1895 73-52 3rd Jim Manning none
1896 69-66 5th Jim Manning none
1897 40-99 7th Jim Manning none
1898 88-51 1st Jim Manning none League Champs
1899 53-70 7th (t) Jim Manning none
1900 69-70 5th Jim Manning none
1901 79-44 1st George Tebeau none League Champs
1904 60-91 7th Dale Gear / Arthur Irwin none
1905 44-102 8th Arthur Irwin none
1906 69-79 6th James Burke none
1907 78-76 4th James Burke none
1908 70-83 7th Monte Cross none
1909 71-93 8th Monte Cross / Jake Beckley / Danny Shay none
1910 85-81 5th Danny Shay none
1911 94-70 2nd Danny Shay none
1912 85-82 4th Charlie Carr none
1913 69-98 6th (t) Charlie Carr / Tom Downey none
1914 84-84 6th Bill Armour none
1915 71-79 5th Bill Armour / Danny Shay none
1916 86-81 5th Danny Shay none
1917 66-86 7th John Ganzel none
1918 73-30 1st John Ganzel League suspended operations July 21
1919 86-65 2nd John Ganzel none
1920 60-106 8th Alex McCarthy / Otto Knabe none
1921 84-80 3rd Otto Knabe none
1922 92-76 3rd Otto Knabe (28-27) / Wilbur Good (64-49) none
1923 112-54 1st Wilbur Good none
1924 68-96 8th Wilbur Good / John "Doc" Lavan none
1925 80-87 5th John "Doc" Lavan none
1926 87-78 5th Spencer Abbott none
1927 99-69 2nd Dutch Zwilling none
1928 88-80 4th Dutch Zwilling none
1929 111-56 1st Dutch Zwilling none League Champs
1930 75-79 5th Dutch Zwilling none
1931 90-77 2nd Dutch Zwilling none
1932 81-86 6th Dutch Zwilling none
1933 57-93 8th Tris Speaker / Nick Allen
1934 65-88 8th Roger Peckinpaugh
1935 84-70 3rd (t) Dutch Zwilling none
1936 84-69 3rd Dutch Zwilling Lost in 1st round
1937 72-82 5th Dutch Zwilling
1938 84-67 2nd Bill Meyer League Champs
1939 107-47 1st Bill Meyer Lost in 1st round
1940 95-57 1st Bill Meyer Lost League Finals
1941 85-69 3rd Bill Meyer Lost in 1st round
1942 84-69 1st Johnny Neun Lost in 1st round
1943 67-85 7th Johnny Neun
1944 41-110 8th Jack Saltzgaver
1945 65-86 7th Casey Stengel
1946 67-82 7th Bill Meyer / Goldie Holt (July 5) / Burleigh Grimes (July 16)
1947 93-60 1st Bill Meyer Lost in 1st round
1948 64-88 6th Dick Bartell
1949 71-80 5th Bill Skiff
1950 54-99 8th Joe Kuhel
1951 81-70 3rd George Selkirk Lost in 1st round
1952 89-65 2nd George Selkirk League Champs
1953 88-66 2nd Harry Craft League Champs
1954 74-80 6th Harry Craft
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