KANSAS CITY, MO (June 27, 2007) – Before closing out the first half of the season, the Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for a nine-game homestand starting with a “Hats Off” weekend to Royals fans. The Royals launch the homestand with a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox with a “hat” promotion each game capped by the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues that includes special pre-game festivities on Sunday, July 1. The Royals then host the Seattle Mariners over the Fourth of July holiday before playing a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Friday, June 29 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. Promotions: Royals Visor: First 20,000 fans ages 21 and over – presented by Budweiser. Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday: Fans get treated to a post-game fireworks show courtesy of Hy-Vee and Pepsi. Events: Angel Flight Night at The K: During pre-game ceremonies, the Royals will honor the volunteer pilots and staff of Angel Flight Central, based at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. Angel Flight Central’s mission is to serve people with medical needs by arranging charitable flights for access to health care and also for other humanitarian purposes. Several Angel Flight pilots will participate in a fly-over during the ceremonies, weather and air traffic permitting. Saturday, June 30 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m. Promotions: Royals Cowboy Hat: First 20,000 fans – presented by AT&T. Events: Luther “Dummy” Taylor Day: The Royals will recognize Luther “Dummy” Taylor, an Olathe, Kan., native, for his contributions to baseball. As one of the few deaf players in the league, Taylor, who compiled a 51-30 record from 1905 to 1908, relied on sign language to communicate with coaches and teammates. That method eventually evolved into the league’s use of baseball signs today. During the pre-game recognition for Taylor, the Royals will use sign language interpreters as a tribute to Taylor’s contribution to the game. Sunday, July 1 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m. Promotions: Special “Salute to Buck O’Neil” Monarchs Cap: First 20,000 fans – presented by Pepsi. “Salute to the Negro Leagues” Tailgate Party and Autograph Session: Fans can attend a special tailgate party at Gate A featuring Negro League veterans courtesy of Pepsi, Hy-Vee and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The tailgate party begins at 10:45 a.m., while the autograph session runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Players scheduled to attend the autograph session include George Altman, Bill Bell, Earnest Johnson, Bob Motley, Art “Superman” Pennington, Jesse Rogers, Diego Segui, DeMorris Smith – son of Hall of Famer Hilton Smith – and Alvin Spearman. Bob Evans Friends and Family Day: It’s one of the best deals in baseball! Fans can get four Outfield Plaza tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsis, a bag of peanuts or popcorn and a Royals GameDay Magazine for just $40. Fans can take advantage of Bob Evans Friends and Family Day at every Sunday home game! Sprint Wireless Fun Run: Fans of all ages can head to the field following the Royals Sunday afternoon game against Chicago to run the bases in the Sprint Wireless Fun Run.
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