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Omaha Royals 1987

American Association
President:Joe Ryan
Wins--- Losses- GB Attended Manager
Denver Zephyrs 79 61 -- 314,549 Terry Bevington
Louisville Redbirds 78 62 1 516,329 Mike Jorgensen
Indianapolis Indians 74 64 4 250,250 Joe Sparks
Oklahoma City 89ers 69 71 10 277,722 Toby Harrah
Buffalo Bisons 66 74 13 495,760 Orlando Gomez/Steve Swisher
Iowa Cubs 64 74 14 257,857 Larry Cox
Omaha Royals 64 76 15 251,995 John Wathan/Frank Funk
Nashville Sounds 64 76 15 378,715 Jack Lind

BA:Dallas Williams, Indianapolis, .357
Runs:Bill Bates, Denver, 117
Hits:Steve Stanicek, Denver, 167
RBIs:Wade Rowdon, Iowa, 113
HRs:Brad Komminsk, Denver, 32
Wins:Bill Taylor, Oklahoma City, 12
SOs:Serigo Valdez, Indianapolis, 128
ERA:Pascual Perez, Indianapolis, 3.79


Royals Leaders 1987:
Scotti Madison was selected by the fans as the Most Popular Player for 1987. This was a contest sponsored by Malashocks Diamonds. He led the Omaha Royals in RBI's, Walks and Doubles.

Outfielder Gary Thurmond was selected to receive the Bill Wood Lancer Hustle Award for his play during the 1987 season. He led the team in runs scored, triples and stolen bases. He also played in 27 games with the parent Kansas City Royals and averaged .296 with the parent club.

Omaha Royals 25th Anniversary Team
Luis Delos Santos was the Royals leading hitter in 1987. The 20 year old averaged .293 for the year. He was selected in the second round of the 1984 draft by the Royals. In 1988 he averaged .307 with Omaha and made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals. He played in 99 games for Omaha in 1989 and averaged .297. He played for Detroit for a short time in 1991 but spent most of the 1992 season in the Mexican League. In all he spent four years in Omaha.

Infielder Rondin Johnson averaged .254 in 134 games for the Royals. The Bremerton Washington native, played in Omaha in 1985 and 1986 and had a cup of coffee with the parent Royals in 1986.

Joe Cirati averaged .281 as a regular in the Royals infield in 1987.

Jeff Schultz played in 99 games for Omaha in 1987. He averaged .256 while holding down a position in the outfield garden.

Bill Swaggerty was 10-12 as a pitcher for the Royals in 1987, leading the Royals in both games won and games lost. He also led the team in complete games with five, shutouts with two, innings pitched with 163.2 and walks. Bill had a four year major league career with the Orioles from 1982-1986. The 30 year old right handed pitcher returned to Omaha for the 1988 season.

Steve Shirley led the Royals in the strike out category with 78 k's for the season. He also led the Royals with 44 total appearances during the season. He had a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1982.

After an excellent 13-7 season with Memphis in 1986, Israel Sanchez was 5-12 in 1987 with the Royals. The 23 year old lefty from Falcon Lasvias Cuba had a 4.52 ERA in 1987 and returned to Omaha in 1988. He made his major league debut in 1988 and also had a short time with Kansas City in 1990.

Lanky right hander Don Welchel was 7-4 with Omaha in 1987 in 19 appearances. Don had a cup of coffee with Baltimore in 1982 and made 11 appearances with the Orioles in 1983.

Tom Mullen was 8-8 with Omaha in 1987.

Rick Anderson appeared in 6 games with Kansas City in 1987 and in 15 games in Omaha he managed a 6-5 record. He played for the Mets in 1986. He also had 7 appearances in 1987 with the Kansas City Royals.

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