Remembering The Royals: Joe Gordon

The first manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969, Joe Gordon was part of the 2009 class inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Remembered by most as “Flash Gordon,” the slick fielding and power hitting second baseman played parts of eleven seasons in the Big Leagues with the Yankees and Indians, winning five World Championships (4 in New York, 1 in Cleveland). A nine time All-Star and the 1942 AL MVP, Gordon went on to manage with the Indians and Tigers, before logging two KC stints as skipper (Athletics in 1961, Royals in 1969). In this 70 minute documentary, Kansas City radio host Dave O talks with ten individuals who knew Gordon well, from family members to teammates, players he managed to media members, as you’re guided through Joe’s entire life, from a difficult childhood in mining towns to college at the University of Oregon; from the Yankee minor leagues to starring with Joe DiMaggio; from the trade to Cleveland and being one of the first to accept Larry Doby; from the only managerial trade in Big League history to a bizarre relationship with Frank Lane; to both times in KC and beyond. Please enjoy the story of a greater man than baseball player – Joe Gordon. (Photo Is Of Joe & His Wife Dorthy In 1935; Courtesy Of Gordon Family Archives)

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Remembering The Royals: Joe Gordon — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for making Joe Gordon come alive for us! Loved hearing how he got kicked out of the game:) Are there any recordings of his quartet?