This Date In Royals History–1980 Edition: April 28

The Royals’ game in Toronto, the first of a three-game series, was rained out at Exhibition Stadium. It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 8.

On the flight to Toronto, the Royals wore lapel pins displaying both the American and Canadian flags, in honor of Canada’s role in rescuing U.S. embassy workers who had been taken hostage in Iran in 1979. The pens were designed by Bill Phillips, a member of the Royal Lancers group.

Other sports news: in the NFL draft (yes, starting on a Monday), the Chiefs used the 11th overall pick to select guard Brad Budde from USC. Budde’s father Ed also played guard for the Chiefs; the duo are still the only father and son to be drafted in the first round by the same team to play the same position. The younger Budde played for the Chiefs for seven seasons.

Today’s birthdays: Charlie Metro (1918), Tom Browning (1960), Russ Morman (1962), Dillon Gee (1986)

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