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The Missouri Deparment of Transportation has no love for Dan Quisenberry

Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that:

The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on
building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access to Kauffman Stadium . . . state transportation
officials say it was an unfortunate mistake. Crews are clearing the area
of trees in preparation for the road work.

I can see maybe not knowing the significance of an 11 year-old tree, but how do you miss the plaque? Unless, of course, MODOT or whoever was responsible for upkeep let it get grown over or something, which would just square the sadness of this whole affair.

In other news, Dan Quisenberry should be in the frickin’ Hall of Fame and the fact that he isn’t is a frickin’ travesty.  Yes, there is emotion involved with this as I watched him, was impressed by him and tried like mad to imitate him when I was but a lad, but I think he has a pretty decent case on the merits as well.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    This would not be a problem in New Jersey because roads are never built or improved. The only desecration around here is that Jimmy Hoffa is now below a parking lot rather than a stadium.
    Quisenberrry should be in the Hall, and perhaps more suitable memorials could be planned for other Royals’ greats as well. Some teams are into this more than others, I guess.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Didn’t they move the body? How are the Jints and Jets going to win without his ghost haunting the end zone?

  3. jwb - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Who puts a memorial for a baseball player along a highway? That would be appropriate for players who died in car accidents.

  4. geoknows - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    It was a memorial consisting of a tree and a plaque, not a gravesite.

  5. Glenn - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    They were talking about Hoffa, not Quisenberry.

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