People often ask me what my greatest sport’s memory is and are surprised when I mention Wimbledon Tennis in the summer of 1971. I was just 14-years-old and my father took me over to England while on a business trip. The purpose of his trip was to try to unite professional tennis into a cohesive and sensible business for the sport and the players. I remember while in England a writer by the name of J.L. Manning wrote an article that had the byline, “Lamar Hunt ruins the future of tennis”.
A “Sports Illustrated” article from June 19, 1972 reminisced that, “Writers like J.L. Manning in the London Evening Standard would write, ‘Hunt is the all-time enemy of England.’ The whole English tennis Establishment and the whole English sporting press were saying, ‘We’ve got to hurt Hunt,’ and ‘We got to hurt the WCT.’ ” The background to… Continue reading →
Lamar Hunt Jr continues to expand his involvement in Kansas City sports. Hockey, a sport this is now only gaining its foot in American sports culture, is now ready to put its in Kansas City. Starting with his purchase of the Missouri Mavericks, Hunt Jr. continues to pave the way for youth hockey expansion with hopes of gaining 10,000 skaters. Youth Sports is a growing industry both in this nation and others and sports fans are continuing to contribute to its rising popularity.
Youth sports are on the rise in the Kansas City area, paving the way for future generations young and old to benefit from its effects on communities. Kansas City area youth will start to experience a safe and active sport that helps them stay fit, make friends
The development of a youth sports facility represents a major stride for children, to give them an opportunity to… Continue reading →
Fans of hockey in Kansas City have reason to start getting excited. Earlier this year, Lamar Hunt Jr bought the Missouri Mavericks, a team that just recently signed a direct affiliation agreement with the New York Islanders, and has huge plans to develop KC’s youth hockey culture.
“We need to get teams from St. Louis, Chicago and Omaha to come play here, as opposed to our teams having to export themselves and constantly be on the road,” he said. “I was talking to a parent who told me they drive 8-12 hours a weekend to go play youth hockey out of market.”
In a move in February, the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) announced that they would consolidate all “Club” and “Travel” teams to operate under one name. In an official statement the KCYHA expressed that they “want to focus on travel becoming a single, unified… Continue reading →
Lamar Hunt Jr. and the Missouri Mavericks: On Friday, February 6, 2015, Loretto Sports Ventures, LLC, a company owned by Lamar Hunt, Jr., announced that it had purchased the Missouri Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League and that Lamar had been approved for ownership status by the ECHL Board Of Directors. The ECHL is considered the premier AA professional hockey league, and the Mavs play their home games at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri.
At the press conference, Lamar said that “today is an exciting day for the Missouri Mavericks and our great fans. Since 2009, the Mavericks have been an exemplary hockey franchise. I have seen firsthand how the team and staff come together to create a competitive product on the ice, as well as an exhilarating game day experience at Independence Events Center. We are pleased to have the… Continue reading →
When the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox squared off in the 2013 World Series, there was only one African-American player on either roster. When these two teams met in the 1946 World Series there wasn’t a single African-American player in either dugout. In between 1946 and 2013, the Cardinals and Red Sox played each other two other times in the World Series (1967 and 2004) and by the time they met two decades later, in 1967, the African-American presence in baseball was 13.6%. The peak presence of African-American players in baseball was reached in the 1980s when nearly 1 in 5 players was African-American. By 2004, when the Cardinals and Red Sox squared off again, there were only two notable African-American players in that World Series. This begs the question of where all the African-American baseball players have gone. Before we address that question, let’s recall the… Continue reading →