Kansas City Royals mourn loss of former infielder UL Washington

U.L. Washington, Rickey Henderson
Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 04, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City baseball community is grieving the loss of former Royals infielder U.L. Washington, who died over the weekend at age 70.

The Royals mourned Washington — who helped the team secure a 1980 American League Championship victory — in a post on social media.

Washington often played shortstop for the Royals and was known for playing with his signature toothpick in his mouth.

Washington's former teammate, Royals Hall of Fame member George Brett, said that Washington died of cancer and that he is thankful for the time they had together.

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, described Washington's passing as "a royal loss."