What began a few years ago as a group of Kansas City Royals fans dressing up in their Sunday Best to watch baseball the way fans of the Negro League used to, has now become a full-fledged, team-sponsored event. The Royals had their "Dressed to the Nines" day Sunday, taking a cue from current fan Brett Parker and the fans of decades ago.
As The Stew wrote last year, Parker and his friends started dressing up for games in 2012, picking Jackie Robinson Day as their day to wear suits, dresses and proper hats. Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick loved it — the museum is in Kansas City — and the idea of a "Dressed to the Nines" day gained momentum.
Sunday's event was officially endrosed by the Royals, who planned a "Salute to the Negro Leagues," playing in throwback uniforms and offering a fedora giveaway for fans.
"One day, one game out of the year, let's throw it back, the way that it used to be," Kendrick said earlier in the month, "and get people to come out, looking good, looking their absolute best to root on our Royals."
It's a great idea, and many fans did in fact trade in their T-shirts and shorts for a well-dressed day at Kauffman Stadium. Here are some pics from a day tailor-made for Instagram filters:
Even the Royals' broadcasters and grounds crew got involved:
Baseball being a mostly summer sport makes it tough to do this every Sunday all around the league, but gosh, it sure is cool to see this from baseball fans. Here's hoping for more, and not just in Kansas City.
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