June 29, 2016
SCOUT is a famous statue by Cyrus E. Dallin in Kansas City, Missouri. The Scout was exhibited at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where it won a gold medal. On its way back east, the statue was installed on a temporary basis in Penn Valley Park. In 1921 the statue proved so popular that $15,000 in nickels and dimes were raised to purchase it to keep it in KC through a campaign called "The Kids of Kansas City." A few years later Kansas City donated a smaller version of the statue to our sister city of Seville, Spain.
May 21, 2015
LoyaltyKC History Lesson 26: the Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun. If you grew up in the Kansas City area anytime between 1973 and 1997, you’re almost certainly familiar with the Zambezi Zinger. The Zambezi was located in the Africa section of Worlds of Fun, and to get to the line you had to pass through an adobe hut with a painted sign out front that read, “No pygmies shorter than 4 skulls can ride without adult.” The ride itself began with a slow, suspense-building spiral ascent, finally giving way to a 40mph free-fall that clicked and curved wickedly left into tunnels and tree cover. The Zambizi Zinger IS STILL IN OPERATION, except that now it thrills riders at the Parque National de Cafe theme park in Bogota Quindío, Colombia. The only difference is that it’s now called the Montana Rusa, and the color scheme has been changed from all green to blue and red with yellow cars. Article found on www.lucaswetzel.com #worldsoffun #kchistory #kansascityhistory #rollercosters #zambezizinger #themeparkhistory
"Local is the new normal." Great write up by Jenee Osterheldt in the Kansas City Star yesterday about the growth of local brands in Kansas City and the local stores that support them. Thank you to Halls, The Bunker, Westside Storey, Made in KC, The Garment District and Sportibles for supporting Loyalty KC and giving us an outlet to bring awesome shirts to our proud city. Be sure to check out the new Made in KC shop in the Prairie Fire shopping center in Olathe, KS.
Loyalty KC would like to announce that we are now stocked in the following Kansas City locations: The Bunker, Garment District, Halls, Westside Storey, Made in KC and Sportibles. Thank you to all those locations for the continued support in helping Kansas City show off their loyalty with awesome shirts!
We are off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Hoz at Opening Day at the K as the KC Royals take on the White Sox. Be on the lookout for the all new redesigned, Wizard of Hoz Eric Hosmer Royals shirt coming this Thursday.
“The sight of George coming out of the dugout is etched in my mind forever,” Yankees First baseman Don Mattingly. “That roar symbolizes the way that he played the game, the fire that he has.” Loyalty KC is launching a new line of Royals shirts this coming Thursday 4/2/15 #loyaltyno5 #loyaltykc #georgebrett #ForeverRoyal #madeinkc #pinetar #yankees
LoyaltyKC History Lesson 22: Historic 12th Street Bridge turns 100 this year and is one of only three bridges in the country that old. The bridge is a double-deck, reinforced-concrete bridge that dates back to the early 1900s. As originally constructed, the upper deck provided a 30-foot roadway for vehicular traffic, a double-track electric railway on an independent right-of-way, and a single 5-foot sidewalk, while the lower deck provided a clear roadway for heavier commercial traffic. Quite possibly inspired by the surrounding monumental streetscape and the aesthetic philosophy of the erudite architect Henry Van Brunt, Waddell and Harrington incorporated into their design Classically inspired architectural elements that are both structurally efficient and ornamental. Today, the Twelfth Street Trafficway Viaduct, although modified in the 1960s, stands as a legacy to Kansas City, the engineers, and the contractors who conceived and built this exceptional span. #12thstbridge #architecture #kchistory #westbottoms #kcmo #visitkc #bridge #historic #traffic #kc #kansascity
Are you Blue Hell hooligans ready to rock Sporting Park? Kansas City native and SportingKC goalie, Jon Kempin is. @jonkempin21 #defendtogether #SportingKC #sportingstyle #mls #usmnt #madeinkc #loyaltykc #bluehell #skcgrams
Thank you for the write up by, Angela Lutz in the recent Pitch Weekly. LoyaltyKC and many other amazing local designers were able to showcase thier talents during the amazing run by the Kansas City Royals this past October.
"When I wore my favorite KC shirt to school in the 1990s, my classmates made fun of me. “The Royals suck,” one boy said, and I wanted to punch him in the face. I wanted to hit him and then go home and change.
But, oh, what a difference a postseason makes. Now that the boys in blue have advanced to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, supporting the Royals couldn’t be cooler.
Or, if you go official, louder. Most of the licensed Royals merchandise up for grabs right now is colorful and catchphrase-heavy: Think "Take the Crown" or "KC wants it MO." There's no room for understatement at this citywide World Series party. Thirty years from now, people may question our fashion sense, but they'll know damn well that we loved our ball club.
Beyond that stuff, though, we also found seven local items we're into. Subtle? No. But this is the time to fire up your team spirit, and almost anything works.
1. Loyalty KC
For nearly 30 years, watching Royals baseball was an activity best enjoyed alone in the dark with a stiff drink. If you were one of those fans who stood by the team in the tough times, reveling in buck nights and .500 seasons, Loyalty KC has the shirt for you. Featuring a traditional Royals crown superimposed with the word “Loyalty,” it’s a fine way to let everyone know that you suffered to get here.
2. Freelance KC
Freelance KC’s Royals-blue T-shirts are all about taking the crown. You can either live in the past with the 1985 version or hope the Royals pull it off this year. I’m going with the latter. We got this. I just hope that the shirt comes with complementary Royals stress balls to get me through those extra-inning games.
3. Charlie Hustle
You’ve probably seen Charlie Hustle’s soft, simple tees around town. The most popular version features a big heart with “KC” in the middle, like you used to draw around your crush’s name in middle school. There’s no better time than now to show your local pride.
Your loyalty to Kansas City is growing fast. Since April, there have been sales to 4 new states. Thank you to those in New York, New Mexico, Illinois and Omaha for showing your loyalty to Kansas City!
LoyaltyKC will be headed out for a short vacation 9/21-9/29/2014. Upon returning, be on the look out for 2 new shirt designs that will give you the opportunity to showcase your loyalty to Kansas City in a way you never have before!
'Then, in one of the most Royals moments you could imagine, Eric Hosmer (who’d been hitting .366 with power the previous month) aggravated an injury hours after the deadline and could be out another month. So the team that needs offense loses what had been its best bat and, baseball being baseball, immediately starts slugging its way up the standings.
It’s all crazy. As the Royals realistically took a step back at the deadline, the Tigers traded for David Price. The rich get stronger, right? Well, in the last few days, the Tigers have put Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria on the disabled list and they’ve lost 10 of 16, including a walk-off loss to the Blue Jays in the 19th inning on Sunday.
This is a fairly epic run of sevens at the crap table, especially for a franchise used to going bust by Memorial Day. The win streak more or less coincides with the arrival of Sung Woo Lee, who a week ago was a minor Twitter curiosity but by now is something closer to a civic cult hero.
Lee is the longtime Royals fan from South Korea, here to watch his team for the first time. He’ll throw out the first pitch on Monday. His face is on T-shirts and SportsCenter. He won the dance-off during Sunday’s game. The Royals haven’t lost since he landed in the States last week. Fans are threatening to hide his passport, and there is no guarantee that all of them are joking.
If the Royals find a happy ending to this season, the movie is going to be cornier than anything Kevin Costner has even imagined.
To review: mentioning the Royals and playoffs in the same sentence is no longer a punchline. The team that traded for nobody and lost its hottest hitter at the trade deadline is now the hottest team in baseball, closing fast on the three-time defending division champions who traded for a Cy Young winner.
All of this may or may not have something to do with a nice South Korean man who followed the Royals in part to learn English, and may or may not have to take seriously the idea that a fan base will collectively kidnap him and keep stuffing him full of beer and barbecue for as long as this ride lasts.
No matter what, we all knew it would take something crazy for the Royals to get into the playoffs." -Sam Mellinger of the KC Star
July 24, 2014
Today is the 31st anniversery of the legendary Pine Tar Incident.
Two out and one on. Brett steps in against Gossage, a hard-throwing righty with a menacing persona and delivery. He unleashes one of his signature fastballs, and Brett connects, hammering a bomb over the right field wall. The dramatic two-run homer gives the Royals a 5-4 lead.
McClelland is speechless. The Royals have no idea what's happening. Brett is sitting in the dugout, relaxed and confident, his arms stretched out along the top of the dugout seats, confident that whatever Martin is saying will be overruled by the umps.
McClelland retrieves the bat, walks to the plate, places it along the side of the plate, which is 17 inches wide. He sees that the pine tar on the bat is more than 18 inches. McClelland confers with a rulebook and his fellow umpires, then slowly walks toward the Royals' dugout, the bat dangling from his right hand. He stares inside the Royals' dugout, slowly brings his arm up and signals out. Martin is correct -- the bat is illegal, the home run is nullified, Brett is out, and the Yankees win, 4-3.
Brett bursts out of the dugout, sprinting to the umpires, insanely, hysterically, out of control, screaming, eyes bulging, arms waving. He nearly runs over McClelland and has to be restrained by several umpires.
"The sight of George coming out of the dugout is etched in my mind forever," Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly would say on the 10th anniversary of the game. "That roar symbolizes the way he plays the game, the kind of fire he has."
Later, Brett is seething in the clubhouse. Meanwhile, Martin walks around the Yankees' clubhouse gloating, realizing he had just pulled off a doozy, a first in baseball history.
The Royals file a protest with the league office, and the events of the next few days and weeks are both comical and tense. Questions arise as to whether the umpire's ruling will be upheld. Rumor and speculation run rampant.
On July 28, four days after the game, with the baseball world waiting breathlessly, American League president Lee McPhail announces that even though Brett's bat had too much pine tar, only the bat should have been removed from the game, not the batter. He upholds the Royals' protest and says the two teams must resume the game in Yankee Stadium in 21 days, on August 18, with the Royals leading, 5-4, and two out in the ninth. While the Royals rejoice, the Yankees -- especially Martin and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner -- seethe.
McClelland is displeased too, saying, "We can't arbitrarily rule on which rules we're going to enforce."
Naturally, Steinbrenner will not let it go quietly. The blustery owner goes all out to try to prevent the game from being resumed. First he claims he cannot provide adequate security for the game. Then he disputes the league's raincheck policy. Anything to prevent the game from going on.
Several hours before the scheduled resumption of the game, the State Supreme Court in the Bronx issues a preliminary injunction barring the completion of the game. But the American League, which had ordered the game to be played over the objection of Steinbrenner, appeals. Just 2½ hours before game time, Justice Joseph P. Sullivan of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division overrules Justice Maresca's decision, proclaiming, "Play ball."
Anticipating the game, the Royals have been forced to fly to New York on their way to Baltimore for a series with the Orioles. When they arrive, they still are not sure they are going to play because of the court hearings. Finally, word arrives: head over to Yankee Stadium. The game is on.
Brett, however, is not required to go to the stadium because he had been ejected from the game, so he watches on TV with his manager Dick Howser, also ejected. What they -- and everyone -- see is astonishing: first, Martin tries to make a joke out of the game by putting lefthanded first baseman Mattingly at second base and pitcher Ron Guidry in center field. Then, before a pitch is even thrown before the crowd of 1,245, Martin protests that Brett didn't touch first base on his homer. He orders his pitcher, George Frazier, to step off the rubber and toss the ball to Ken Griffey at first. Tim Welke, the first-base umpire, signals safe. Then Martin protests that Brett didn't touch second. So Frazier throws to second base, and Dave Phillips, the umpire there, also signals safe.
Martin then emerges from the dugout to protest the calls. But the league office has anticipated Martin's move, and one-ups the Yankees skipper when Phillips, the crew chief, pulls a letter from his pocket -- a notarized statement from the umpires at the July 24 game confirming that both Brett and U. L. Washington, who had singled ahead of Brett's home run, had touched all of the bases.
Finally, the game restarts. Frazier gets McRae to end the top of the 9th. Royals closer Dan Quisenberry comes on to face the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th. Martin stacks his lineup with lefthanders; Yankee lefthanders are hitting .451 against Quisenberry in his five last outings against New York, while righties are hitless in 13 at bats.
But Quisenberry needs only 10 pitches to retire Mattingly on a fly to center field, Roy Smalley on a fly to left field and Oscar Gamble on a grounder to second base.The final out of the top of the ninth and the three outs in the bottom of the inning takes all of nine minutes and 41 seconds, ending a 25-day, 4-hour and 14-minute episode that will live forever. Article taken from ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/67
July 14, 2014
LoyaltyKC: History Lesson for the week:
When completed in 1931, the Kansas City Power and Light Building dominated Kansas City's skyline as the state's tallest building. Rising over 30 stories high, its art deco style featured a series of setbacks and a six-story crowning shaft. A group of floodlights, concealed in recessed balconies and aimed at the pinnacle of the building, created a multicolored light display that was visible for miles after dark. The building was designed by the Kansas City architecture firm of Hoit, Price and Barnes, which also designed Municipal Auditorium and 909 Walnut. The original plans included a twin building to be paired on the immediate west side of the building, but the second tower was never built due to the effects of the Great Depression on local real estate prices. As a result, the west side of the building has no windows. The Power and Light Building, at 34 stories, was Missouri's tallest habitable structure from 1931 until the completion of One U.S. Bank Plaza in St. Louis in 1976.
Kansas City Power & Light Co. left the building in 1991. As of March 2012 the building has only one tenant, which fills three floors of the building.In 2010 Kansas City selected the area adjacent to the Power and Light Building as a potential location for a hotel and convention center, to fulfill a need for the city. However, the city only received two proposals from property developers for a convention hotel at the site. The city considered the two proposals it received in 2011 as lackluster and were considering reopening the bidding process for a different downtown location.In 2012 the building was put on sale and was purchased by a Minnesota developer.
Source: UMKC Library
June 20, 2014
LoyaltyKC Team USA shirts hot off the presses. Thank you to Envolve Boutique in the Power and Light District in Kansas City for displaying this shirt in the window. Pick yours up from www.loyaltykc.com or at Envolve before USA's next match this Sunday for your watch party.
June 9, 2014
LoyaltyKC spotted in the wild!
Your loyalty to Kansas City is growing! Thank you to all that have supported the LoyaltyKC line since it's inception in 2011. Our city is amazing and our faithful are proud of it.
April 25, 2014
Fresh new threads just delivered to Bunker: 4056 Broadway Kansas City, Mo 64111
For the first time, LoyaltyKC has released a Women's racerback tank top in the classic Crown Edition. V necks are also available.
April 15, 2014
LoyaltyKC apparel was part of a feature by INK magazine showcasing Envolve Boutique. Check the article out.