Thursday, May 22, 2008

Former Kansas City Royal of the Week

This week's Former Kansas City Royal of the Week: Buddy Biancalana.

Buddy Biancalana played shortstop for the Kansas City Royals from 1982 to 1987. He started every game of the 1985 World Series, playing error free defense.

Buddy Biancalana was most famous for appearing on David Letterman (while Letterman was still doing shows at mid-night). When Pete Rose was chasing Ty Cobb's all-time hit record, several baseball shows were doing a "Pete Rose count-down". Pete Rose had 4,256 career hits. In playful mockery, David Letterman started a "Buddy Biancalana Count-Down", where he would count down the number of hits until Buddy Biancalana broke Ty Cobb's hit record. Biancalana was known more for his defense than his offense. Having only 113 career hits, Biancalana needed over 4,000 more hits to even get close to Cobb.

During his appearance on Letterman, Letterman was teasing Biancalana about how close he was to Ty Cobb. Biancalana said, "I'm closer to Cobb than you are to Carson".


Congratuations Buddy Biancalana! You are the Former Kansas City Royal of the Week!!!

Previous Winners
Jamie Quirk
Jorge Orta

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