The Omaha Storm Chasers will celebrate their 50th Season in franchise history presented by First National Bank by turning back the clock and wearing five Flashback Jerseys throughout the upcoming 2018 campaign. These five Flashback Jerseys will commemorate each of the organization's five decades dating back to 1969. The Omaha Royals, Golden Spikes and Storm Chasers will all be represented over the course of the year.
On Friday, April 20, the team will sport black Storm Chasers jerseys to represent the 2011 team. Omaha wore the black jerseys beginning with the first year of play in Werner Park in 2011 through the 2015 season. Notable players to have participated in this era included future Major League All-Stars such as Salvador Perez , Mike Moustakas , Eric Hosmer , Jarrod Dyson and Wil Myers . The Storm Chasers also earned four division titles, three Pacific Coast League Championships and Back-to-Back Triple-A National Championships during that era.
On Friday, May 25, the Storm Chasers will turn back the clock to the 2000's, with the team suiting up as the 2010 Omaha Royals to remember their final season at Rosenblatt Stadium. The franchise was the Omaha Royals from 2002-10, with their roster featuring players such as Moustakas, Dyson, Mike Sweeney, Zack Greinke , Billy Butler , Greg Holland , Luke Hochevar and Jed Hansen. The 2002 squad was led by skipper Bucky Dent, with Mike Jirschele at the helm for the rest of the decade and through the 2013 campaign.
The Omaha Golden Spikes will return for one night on Friday, June 22 to commemorate the 1990-99 decade. Despite only playing as the Golden Spikes for three seasons (1999-2001), players from that era included stars such as Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez and Jeff Montgomery. Sweeney, Kevin Appier, Jermaine Dye, Joe Randa, Chris Hatcher , Bob Hamelin and Dwayne Hosey all played in that decade as well with the Omaha Royals between 1990-98. The club also earned three division titles between 1990-99, in addition to an American Association and Triple-A National Championship in 1990. The club also began their first season in the Pacific Coast League in 1998.
In celebration of the 1980-89 decade of Omaha professional baseball, the organization will wear Flashback Jerseys hailing from the 1985 Omaha Royals. Players during this decade included David Cone, Tom Gordon, Buddy Biancalana, Kevin Seitzer, Ken Phelps and Bombo Rivera. It was during this era the Kansas City Royals earned their first World Series title in 1985, while Omaha earned four American Association Divisional crowns as well.
The final Flashback Jersey will honor where it all began by commemorating the 1969 Omaha Royals for the 1969-79 decade. During this era, Omaha earned five Division crowns and three American Association titles, including League Championships in each of their first two seasons in franchise history under the direction of manager Jack McKeon. Other notable Omaha Royals alumni in this era include Royals Hall of Famers George Brett, Frank White, Dan Quisenberry and Paul Splittorff, in addition to U L Washington, Willie Wilson, George Spriggs and Jerry Cram.
As the 2018 season draws closer, the Storm Chasers will be announcing more exciting details about the 50th Season in Franchise History presented by First National Bank, including alumni appearances,, giveaways, promotions and more. Fans will be able to follow along with these announcements and posts regarding the franchise's history on the Storm Chasers' social media channels by using the hashtag #50maha.
Following the Royals Exhibition Game presented by SAC Federal Credit Union on March 26, the Storm Chasers begin regular season Pacific Coast League play at Werner Park on Thursday, April 5. The Omaha Storm Chasers have been the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals since the franchise's first game on April 18, 1969, and is the longest-running Triple-A affiliation in Minor League Baseball.
The Omaha Storm Chasers are the Triple-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Storm Chasers play at Werner Park in Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. For more information please visit omahastormchasers.com and follow us on Twitter @omastormchasers and at facebook.com/omahastormchasers.
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