What stadium PA announcer did not enjoy introducing Amos Otis? A name that rhythmic, almost lyrical, demands to be embellished — pronounced with extra relish, perhaps an exaggerated hissss, especially when adding the famous “Famous” moniker.
“Now batting for the Kansas City Royals… No. 26… Center fielder… Famoussss… Amossss… Otissss!”
Amos Otis’ name will echo throughout Kauffman Stadium once again during Royals Legends Night this Friday evening. He’s the featured “legend.”
But Jackson County threw out the first pitch — metaphorically — in welcoming "AO" back to KC, holding a ceremony to honor Otis this afternoon at the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence. County Executive Frank White, Jr. read a proclamation officially designating Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 “Amos Otis Day in Jackson County.”
He then gave his former Royals teammate a hug. With White at second base and Otis in center field, KC had a pair of perennial Gold Glovers up the middle as “The Boys In Blue” won three straight Western Division titles from 1976 through ’78, before claiming the American League pennant in 1980.
White made it clear how highly he thinks of Otis, saying, "When people ask me about the guys I played with, they will say, ‘George Brett is the greatest hitter in Kansas City history.’ And I agree with that. But as far as a player, if you judge him in every facet of the game, this guy here, he is the best player who ever played for the Kansas City Royals.”