Royals honor late columnist McGuff

Royals honor late columnist McGuff

KANSAS CITY -- For anyone entering the press box at Kauffman Stadium, the reminder of what the late Joe McGuff did for baseball in Kansas City will be vivid.

With club officials and the family of McGuff looking on during a late afternoon ceremony, the Royals named their media working area the Joe McGuff Press Box in honor of the longtime Kansas City Star columnist and sports editor. McGuff, who died on Feb. 4, played a major role in helping Kansas City land a Major League expansion franchise. Baseball was considered his first love during a long career of sportswriting in Kansas City.

"Today's dedication is a just a small token of what Joe has done and what he has meant to this community, especially in the area of sports," said former Royals' general manager Herk Robinson.

"The one thing Joe wanted to do more than anything was to assure that the franchise was going to remain here in baseball and be run by the right people in a manner that he felt was acceptable to the fans in this part of the country."

Two grandsons of McGuff -- Kurt and Joe -- unveiled the bright blue lettering that prominently shows visitors that the press box is named for McGuff. A bouquet was presented to McGuff's widow, Kay.

"He loved it here," Kay McGuff said. "He loved his work and he loved the Royals. Thank you so much."

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.