KANSAS CITY -- When Art Stewart was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday night, plenty of luminaries sat on the field to welcome Stewart into their fraternity. One, however, stood out -- after all, he was wearing the visiting team's uniform.
Cardinals hitting coach Hal McRae has seen and done plenty in more than 40 years in professional baseball, but he may still be best known as a star for the outstanding Royals teams of the 1970s and early '80s. He was a three-time All-Star with Kansas City, amassing more than 1,900 hits and appearing in seven postseasons as a Royal.
He was delighted to be able to attend the induction of Stewart, a long-time contributor in the Royals' scouting department.
"That was good," McRae said. "It was well deserved. Not all the guys came back, but a lot of guys came back, so it was fun for me. I saw George [Brett], Frank [White], Willie [Wilson], [John] Mayberry, [Dennis] Leonard."
McRae, whose son Brian also played for the Royals, is encouraged by the steps the franchise has taken under its new administration.
"They seem to be on the right track, and that's good to see," he said. "Today, the young fans don't really know how good the franchise was. They can't appreciate what was here, because what was here has been lost in transition. Nothing here resembles the team that we remember. It's good to see that things are moving in the right direction."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.