The Royals have participated in four World Series, winning in 19, and losing in 19.
The name Royals originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899.
The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series.
They followed this up by winning their first Central Division title in 2015 en route to their first World Series title in 30 years.
The team was quickly built through a number of trades engineered by its first General Manager, Cedric Tallis, including a trade for Lou Piniella, who won the Rookie of the Year during the Royals' inaugural season, center fielder Amos Otis, who became the team's first great star, first baseman John Mayberry, who provided power, second baseman Cookie Rojas, shortstop Fred Patek, designated hitter Hal Mc Rae, and others.
The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968.
The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal Mc Rae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen.
The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012.For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the Major League Baseball postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's currently expanded wild-card era, and at the time was the longest playoff drought in the four main American professional sport's leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA). The Royals also qualified for the 1981 American League Division Series by winning the AL West in the second half of the 1981 season, which was split by a players' strike.Kansas City lost in the ALDS to the Oakland Athletics The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team, founded in 1969 and based in Kansas City, Missouri.The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division.Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.