Homegrown 'Legend of Sod' George Toma reflects on career

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 19:43:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He's Kansas City's Hall of Famer, and his name is George!

No not THAT George.

Although if it weren't for George Toma, who knows where that other Hall of Famer - George Brett - would have wound up.

On Friday, Jackson County announced George Toma Day.

Toma is known as the "god of Sod." He's been to every Super Bowl and is the most famous groundskeeper in the history of sports!

Toma started his Hall of Fame career at the old Municipal Stadium and was responsible for both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums, but he almost passed on ever coming to Kansas City.

"On Labor Day of 1957, I came over and looked over the field," Toma said. "It was a mess. It was bad. It was all weeds. I went to Denver and they had a beautiful ballpark. I should have went there. I said, 'If I go to Kansas City, if I mess it up, no one would ever know."'