Black History Month: Royals Hall of Famer Hal McRae

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hal McRae is a former Kansas City Royals player and was the first African-American manager for the team.  

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McRae was born on July 10, 1945 in Avon Park, Florida. He went on to play baseball at Florida A&M University before the Cincinnati Reds drafted him in 1965.

McRae was traded to the Royals in 1973. He was an outfielder and designated hitter for the team in the 1970s and 1980s.

McRae excelled as a DH. While he was on the team, he hit .293 with 169 home runs and 1012 RBIs.

McRae won two Royals Player of the Year awards and was selected as an All-Star three times. He finished his career second on the Royals career list in doubles & RBIs. 

McRae and his son, Brian, also made MLB history as the first father and son to play together on the same team. The two were both in Royals uniforms during spring training in 1986.

McRae was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1989. 

He was the Royals manager from 1991-1994. McRae later managed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001-2002.

He also served as a hitting coach for the Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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