Kansas City Royals pay homage to iconic fountains and art deco architecture with City Connect uniforms


The Kansas City Royals have launched their new City Connect jerseys.

For their City Connect jerseys, the Kansas City Royals opted for a dramatic new look tied to the city’s sporting and architectural past. The City Connect jerseys, which will be worn on the field against the Yankees on April 30, are the result of a collaboration between MLB and Nike that began last year with a select few clubs to accentuate the essence of the city qu ‘they represent.

The new City Connect jersey also pays homage to the franchise’s history and a journey through baseball’s decades-long presence in Western Missouri.

“The Royals have released their City Connect uniforms.” – @ Joshua Brisco

The navy blue cap and jersey prominently display a new KC crest designed by Nike and Kansas Citian designer Jason Wright, who was inspired by the city’s municipal flag. The jock tag in the lower left part of the jersey also has a powder blue fountain. The city’s fountains, originally erected to provide a rest for horses pulling carriages around town, have become one of Kansas City’s most famous icons.

Kansas City Royals' New City Connect Uniform
Kansas City Royals’ New City Connect Uniform

The City Connect uniform color is navy blue, which refers to the professional baseball clubs that previously called Kansas City home prior to the Royals’ expansion season in 1969. The Federal League Packers, the Monarchs of the black leagues and the American League athletics all wore navy blue as their primary color at one time or another. From the waistbands to the stripes on the sides of the pants and both the player number on the lower right on the front of the shirt and the player name on the back, powder blue serves as a secondary colour, paying homage to the Royals . ‘ uniform heritage.

Three strong stripes, one powder blue with two white on each side, run down each sleeve, a tribute to the conspicuous sleeve stripe of the Royals’ 1985 World Series champions pullover jerseys. A letter R with a crown on the right sleeve, shaped identically to the fountain-KC on the chest, recognizes the original Royals logo, a giant white R on a blue field with a crown above. The words “HEY HEY HEY HEY” are embroidered inside the back collar, a tribute to the 1964 Beatles song “Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey”, which is played after every Royals home win . Player name and number are inspired by the city’s art deco architecture on the front and back.

Inside the collar is a reference to The Beatles and their Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey song which is played after every Kansas City Royals home win. More information on their new City Connect uniform, unveiled this morning, here: news.sportslogos.net/2022/04/25/fou… https://t.co/Qm2Q4jgbXX

“On the inside collar is a reference to The Beatles and their Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey song which is played after every Kansas City Royals home win.” – @Chris Creamer

John Sherman, president and CEO of the Kansas City Royals, spoke about the design below.

“This design is one that fans of all ages can truly appreciate. From the fountains that are part of Kansas City’s heritage to the jersey colors evoking the rich history of baseball and the Kansas City Royals. The uniform highlights the elements distinct from our community.

Kansas City Royals unveil City Connect uniforms.
Kansas City Royals unveil City Connect uniforms.

The Royals team store opened at 9 a.m. on Monday, with jerseys, hats, sweatshirts and other items for sale. Note that they are also available through MLBshop.com.

What other MLB teams besides the Kansas City Royals have released Nike MLB City Connect uniforms?

Nike MLB City Connect Uniforms
Nike MLB City Connect Uniforms

The Royals are the eleventh club to release their Nike MLB City Connect uniforms, the third of seven released this season. The Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers were part of the City Connect first class club last season. We’ve seen the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros and now the Kansas City Royals so far in 2022. The Colorado Rockies are next, followed by the LA Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres .

Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt

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