Generally speaking, I’m not very interested in promotional give aways. If the promise of a “free” t-shirt is what it takes to lure you to a game, then you and I probably are not of like mind. That is, of course, unless you’re going to a game to receive a Kansas City Monarchs Fedora.
Behold in all its glory:
Salute to the Negro Leagues Night is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, and attendees will be given this freaking fantastic fedora upon arrival. This is a pretty fantastic give away that should be commended. And not just commended because it is a Monarchs fedora, but because of the correlating promotion that is going with it.
PROMO REVEAL: Fans are invited to come #DressedToTheNines as part of Salute to the Negro Leagues on 5/18. Plus an exclusive giveaway…
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 15, 2014
Some of you may remember the grassroots gathering that was “Dress to the Nines” started by Brett Parker last May. Sam Mellinger wrote about it at the time, and encouraged this sort of thing to the an annual event.
Buck O’Neil talked about this often. They took so much pride in their appearance. When a kid signed with the Negro Leagues, often from a job working a cotton field, his teammates took him straight to the tailor for two suits. The kid would sign for them, take the suits, and when he got his first check he’d go back and pay for the suits.
Which brings us to Sunday. The high is supposed to be 61, so you won’t mind the extra layers. This is a grassroots thing. The Royals aren’t officially involved, but have expressed support of the idea. If it catches on, maybe we can all help make it a more formal event next year.
The Royals are now embracing this idea and correlating it with their Negro Leagues tribute. For those who forget, they’ll have a fedora to wear instead. For a franchise that has gotten few things write with their fans over the past few decades, this is a great move that I hope becomes an annual tradition.
You can find other promotions and keep track of the Royals promotion announcements here.