KANSAS CITY, Mo. Bud Daley is the footnote of a footnote, a man lost in the margins, teetering precariously between trivia and minutiae. His sin was doing his best work for Kansas City Athletics, who get talked about these days the way Beatles fans talk about Pete Best. First they were bad, then they were gone, a crummy first marriage, as if the city had gotten hitched far too young and to the wrong girl.
We had pretty bad ball clubs, says Daley, who was an All-Star in Kansas City in 1959 and 1960, and now divides his time in Wyoming between retirement and golf. But the fans never blamed the players. It was always the front offices fault.
And so we began All-Star Weekend, the unofficial five-day festival that kicks off today and culminates in Major League Baseballs midsummer classic Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, with where it all began. Which brings us back to Bud, 79 years young, Kansas Citys forgotten All-Star.
The 6-foot-1 lefty was the only Kansas City player to appear in t...