DC baseball returns to KC for first time since 1971

DC baseball returns to KC for first time since 1971

DC baseball returns to KC for first time since 1971

KANSAS CITY -- Friday's game against the Nationals marked the first time that a Washington-based Major League Baseball club has played in Kansas City since Aug. 22, 1971.

That was the last game played here by Washington before the Senators moved and became the Texas Rangers. In that game, left-hander Paul Splittorff -- with one-out relief help from Tom Burgmeier -- beat the Senators, 4-1, giving up a solo homer to Jeff Burroughs at old Municipal Stadium.

Left fielder Lou Piniella, shortstop Fred Patek and third baseman Paul Schaal each had two hits for the Royals. For the Senators, Frank Howard, who would hit 382 home runs in his career, played first base. The managers were both Hall of Famers as players -- the Royals' Bob Lemon and the Senators' Ted Williams.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.