The Royals are named after a livestock show? Who woulda thunk it?

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The Royals logo is basically a crown and their mascot is a lion, otherwise known as king of the beasts. So you’d be excused if you thought that the team’s name is based in some sort of nod to monarchical royalty. Nope. They’re named after a livestock show.

It’s called the American Royal, and it has been a Kansas City institution way, way longer than the baseball team has. Jared Diamond has the story about how the team got that name over at the Wall Street Journal. It’s worth it for more than just the story, though. It’s worth it because it contains the phrase “persistent anti-cow sentiments.”

Oh, and the idea that they got the name from the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs? Debunked. Although it’s possible the Monarchs got their names from the cattle show too.

I wonder what Lorde would think?