KANSAS CITY -- Not even master groundskeeper George Toma could keep the Kauffman Stadium field in shape for his induction into the Royals Hall of Fame on Aug. 31. Rain washed out the ceremony and the game against the Twins.
The induction has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday night before the Royals-Indians game. He'll become the 25th member of the Hall, joining players for whom he groomed the field, including George Brett, Frank White, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard and Freddie Patek.
Toma, 83, worked his way to prominence after taking over as head groundskeeper of the Kansas City Athletics in 1957, transforming a poor field at Municipal Stadium into a showcase. When the Royals, who followed the A's into Municipal, moved into Royals (now Kauffman) Stadium in 1973, Toma came with them as head groundskeeper until 1995 and as a consultant until 1997. He was in charge when the stadium's artificial turn was changed to real grass after the 1994 season.
He also has done extensive work for the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs.