“It took an MCC grad to bring us the Royals — thanks, Mr. K.”
That was a tweet from MCC Chancellor Mark James on Tuesday morning as throngs of Royals fans descended on downtown Kansas City for a parade and rally celebrating the team’s World Series victory.
Among those hundreds of thousands of revelers were MCC employees and students, who got a day off work and school to honor the major milestone in history. Ultimately, many area schools would cancel classes Tuesday, but MCC made the call early — before 11 a.m. Monday — which resulted in a flurry of media coverage, including even the New York Daily News. Happy students talked to reporters, too.
A group of MCC employees clustered around a blue MCC 100 flag on the grounds of Union Station on Tuesday, kind of a rally within a rally. Special thanks to marketing manager Dan Ascheman for “planting the flag.”
As the chancellor pointed out, Kansas City can thank an MCC alumnus for bringing the Royals to Kansas City. Ewing Kauffman earned an associate degree from MCC, then known as the Junior College of Kansas City, in 1936.
The Kauffman legacy is all around us today, evidenced by “Mr. K’s” entrepreneurial spirit — he founded Marion Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company — as well as the success of the Royals (which he purchased in 1968, returning major league baseball to his hometown), the downtown performing arts center that bears his family name, and the continued ripple effect of his philanthropy as carried out by two foundations.
MCC honored Kauffman (who died in 1993) at the Centennial Celebration last April, which raised a record amount of money (more than $420,000) for student scholarships and other initiatives.
MCC videographer Matt Scharhag created a short congratulatory video featuring scenes from the 2015 World Series. Watch it here.
Thanks to everyone who shared pictures from Tuesday’s celebrations. Here are some of them. As you go through your own photos, please share on social media: Tag @MCCKansasCity and use the hashtag #MCCRoyalBlue. We’ll continue to share with everyone else.