Best nicknames in Kansas City sports history

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The world of sports has brought us some of the best nicknames of all time. What are the ten greatest nicknames in the history of Kansas City sports?

There is something about athletic competition that makes nicknames almost natural. That is just as true in Kansas City as any sports town. In fact, it might hold even more true. In a city known for its music, food, and sports, how could you expect anything less?

In fact, there are a great many famous nicknames to come out of the Kansas City sports world that some fans probably didn’t even realize. I’m not talking about the nicknames that the die hard fans sort of just throw out there. No, I mean truly iconic figures in the world of sports and the names that have gone with them.

So don’t expect to see “Hos”, “Salvy”, or “KC Kush” in this list. No, no, no…those simply don’t make the grade.

When a player has a true nickname, something that defines them, it goes beyond a simple abbreviation…or something “cool” for your internet homies. Some nicknames actually define an athlete, sometimes to the point you don’t even know the person’s real name. That is something special. Kansas City has no shortage of those kinds of nicknames in the sports world.

Here are the best nicknames from the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City RoyalsSporting KC/the Kansas City Wiz, and the Kansas City Monarchs:

Co-Runner’s Up

“Arrowhead” and “The K”.

If you’re talking about nicknames in Kansas City, you have to start with the two iconic stadiums that host the longest-tenured teams of the city. Arrowhead Stadium holds the distinction of being one of the few NFL stadiums to not be renamed by a corporate owner. Meanwhile, “The K” is aptly dubbed for a team that can’t seem to hit the ball to save their lives right now (yes, I’m bitter).