On February 9, Kansas City lost one of its top cheerleaders. Jim Fitzpatrick died after suffering heart failure while playing golf on vacation in Florida. He was only 76. Way too soon. Continue reading
Hot Stove #217 – Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – 2023
It’s time for my periodic reminder that one of the best civil rights museums in the country is here in Kansas City. Also one of the best baseball museums. And both exist in one place – the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. If you have not been, it’s time to go. If you have, it’s time for a refresher. Continue reading
Hot Stove #216 – Spring Training, Bally and Bond. James Bond.
The Royals are coming! The Royals are coming!
Not the 2015 Royals. The only current Royal from that World Champion team is Salvy Perez. According to Royals Review, only four other members of that 2015 team are currently on the 40-man roster of any MLB club: Adalberto Mondesi (Red Sox), Eric Hosmer (Cubs), Johnny Cueto (Marlins) and Scott Alexander (Giants). Continue reading
Hot Stove #215 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (2023) – Willie Mays
Next Monday, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since 2002, I have posted an annual MLK message in anticipation of the holiday. For the last seven years, the message has been delivered via Hot Stove. All prior MLK messages are collected at this link on the Lonnie’s Jukebox website. Continue reading
Hot Stove #214 – An Eclectic End-of-Year Wrap-Up
As the Royals made their way to winning the World Series in 2015, I emailed friends with coverage of the playoffs and mixed in some trivia and nostalgia. After the last World Series game, I could have stopped and followed the lead of Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby.
Hot Stove #213 – Made in Kansas City – Nine AL West Championships in Ten Years (1971-1980)
Warning: This is one of those posts when Managing Editor Rita is afraid I am down in the weeds. She’s right. But the foundation of this story is down in the weeds. For the faint of heart, feel free to scroll directly to Lonnie’s Jukebox and listen to Gladys Knight & the Pips. Continue reading
Hot Stove #212 – Guest Author – Dan Margolies
I remain on my break from baseball writing, but I read a piece this week that was so eloquent that I want to share it with the Hot Stove Village. Continue reading
Hot Stove #211 – Fifty Years Ago – The Power of One Vote
I remain on my baseball break, but I would like to share a story with the Hot Stove Village about the power of one vote. The story is from 50 years ago, but its retelling seems timely in an era tainted by the Big Lie and election denialism.
Fifty years ago today. November 28, 1972. The final vote count was 14,071 to 14,070. Continue reading
Hot Stove #210 – The 2022 World Series and American Bandstand
The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2022 World Series, four games to two.
Hot Stove #209 – Jerry Lee Lewis – Last Man Standing (RIP)
Today is a travel day for the World Series, so it’s a good day for a special edition of Lonnie’s Jukebox. The Hot Stove report on the World Series will be posted on Monday.
Jerry Lee Lewis died last Friday at the age of 87. Nicknamed the “Killer,” he was the “last man standing” and the “sole survivor” of the big names that founded rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. Continue reading