Ernest Mehl

Considered the father of ML baseball in Kansas City, Mehl went to work for the Kansas City Star in 1920 and was sports editor from 1950 until he retired in 1965. He worked for years to bring a ML franchise to the city, finally achieving success with the A ‘s in 1955. When A’s owner Arnold Johnson died in 1960, Mehl was part of the group that tried to buy the team, and when the A’s moved to Oakland in 1968, he started the fight for an expansion team, ultimately the Royals. Mehl was an ordained minister who appeared in many pulpits on Sunday mornings while traveling as a baseball writer.