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Since the 1960s, baseball teams and players have been publishing cookbooks. I collect them and try out some of the recipes that major leaguers have shared with their fans over the years. Photos, recipes and comments included.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bookshelf - "Royals Recipes" (1969) by the Kansas City Royals

96 pp. paperback with cerlox ring binding

82 recipes from players, coaches and staff

Nineteen sixty-nine was an exciting year for baseball in Kansas City. Following the departure of Charlie O. Finley's gaudily garbed Athletics at the end of the 1967 season, the city was quickly awarded an expansion franchise and the Royals arrived just two seasons later.

Lou Ann Carmean conceived the idea of this cookbook when she was an editor at the Bonner Springs Chieftan. During the '69 season, she compiled recipes from the Royals organization and wrote a recipe-of-the-week column for the paper. At the end of the season, she pulled everything together and published the first edition of Royals Recipes. Some proceeds from sales went to the local Multiple Sclerosis society.

Over the years the book would be updated and expanded, with editions following in 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1980.

This is where it all began, and there are a lot of familiar names to be found in here. Ewing Kauffman, John Schuerholz, Jack McKeon, Paul Splittorff, Buck Martinez, and 1969 American League Rookie of the Year Lou Piniella.

This is the oldest cookbook in my collection (as of early 2017).

This is one of those "honest" cookbooks with lots of genuine recipes offered up by spouses, girlfriends and even moms of players. Most of the recipes' names have been personalized to give it that extra down-home midwestern touch. I've prepared the following ones so far:

Harder's Hardy German Chow Mein by Mel Harder, pitching coach

Piniella Pleasing Cornish Hens by Lou Piniella, outfielder

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake by George Toma, groundskeeper

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