|Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium in 2010, home to the 1990 Omaha Royals. (G21D Photo)|
1 - Russ Morman, Playing A Game
Russ Morman had no idea the significance of what he'd done. He was just playing a game.
2 - Sal Rende, Performed Well
Sal Rende had five games to prove himself. He did and he's been the game ever since.
3 - Gary Thurman, Started Something
Gary Thurman pushed through a slow minor league start on advice from his mother. He then made the majors.
1990 Omaha Royals (29)
1 - Jay Baller, Made Adjustments
Jay Baller came back from a mysterious illness to return to the majors. He played in six major league seasons.
2 - Kevin Burrell, A Passion
Kevin Burrell relaxed, hit a minors game-winner. He later became a scout.
3 - Ray Chadwick, Without a Win
Ray Chadwick got seven major league starts for the Angels in 1986. He lost five of them, won none of them. He never got back.
4 - Dera Clark, Good Job
Dera Clark's pro career spanned a decade, including seven seasons in the Royals system. He never made the majors.
5 - Luis de los Santos, Every Night
Luis de los Santos thought about getting back to the majors every night. He made it back.
6 - Rich Dubee, Four Aces
Rich Dubee knew even with a top Phillies pitching staff, they still had to pitch.
7 - Luis Encarnacion, Down Hill
Luis Encarnacion made it to the majors in 1990 with the Royals. He was there for only four appearances.
8 - Tony Ferreira, Tight Spin
Tony Ferreira helped David Cone get extra major league time. He also helped himself to two major league appearances.
9 - Pete Filson, Liked to Play
Pete Filson returned to the minors in 1989 for another shot at the majors. He made it back.
10 - Bob Hamelin, Mentally Prepared
Bob Hamelin won Rookie of the Year honors in 1994 with the Royals. He couldn't repeat that success.
11 - Jim LeMasters, Trouble Spot
Jim LeMasters worked as a starter and reliever in the pros. He never got the chance to do either in the majors.
12 - Mike Loggins, Learned French
Mike Loggins learned how to play the Arkansas outfield wall. He then played as a pro for seven seasons. He never made the majors.
13 - Mike Magnante, Numbers Man
Mike Magnante tore up his knee playing basketball. He then came back to make the majors - and teach math.
14 - Chito Martinez, Wrapped Up
Chito Martinez played in parts of three seasons with the Orioles. A season-starting slump soon ended his major league career.
15 - Andy McGaffigan, More Work
Andy McGaffigan hoped to get more work after trades. He finally got it with the Expos.
16 - Bobby Meacham, Developing Consistency
Bobby Meacham continued to be with the Yankees in 1987 and the next year. He ended with six seasons in the bigs.
17 - Russ Morman, Bigger Thrill
Russ Morman picked up two hits in one inning - in his major league debut.
18 - Bill Pecota, Big Lift
Bill Pecota wanted a regular major league role, but a utility one suited him.
19 - Tom Poquette, Learning Task
Tom Poquette's coaching career spanned nearly two decades, including time as Royals hitting coach.
20 - Harvey Pulliam, Kept Running
Harvey Pulliam hit eight home runs in his major league career, two of them came in one game.
21 - Thad Reece, Losing Some
Thad Reese played a decade in the minors, he never made the majors.
22 - Sal Rende, Us Guys
Sal Rende sent players on to the majors. He never got there himself.
23 - Jeff Schulz, Better Feeling
Jeff Schulz played three seasons in the majors, then found a better feeling coaching kids in high school.
24 - Tim Spehr, Don't Break It
Tim Spehr wasn't a home run hitter. He ended up hitting 19 in 363 big league games over eight seasons.
25 - Mel Stottlemyre, Jr., Waited For
Mel Stottlemyre, Jr., waited into his sixth pro season to get his call to the majors.
26 - Gary Thurman, Hurricane Tested
Gary Thurman waited out a hurricane, then went on to play in nine major league seasons.
27 - Mike Tresemer, Inherited Runners
Mike Tresemer inherited runners, then picked up the win. He played five seasons, but not in the bigs.
28 - Bill Wilkinson, Felt Good
Bill Wilkinson got a long-relief win for the Mariners in 1988. He got into three major league seasons.
29 - Paul Zuvella, Relaxed Aggression
Paul Zuvella knew he could play with major leaguers. He eventually played as one in nine seasons.