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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Jackson County Executive to declare George Toma Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2019

 

Contact: Marshanna Hester

(816) 881-1931

mhester@jacksongov.org 

 

Jackson County Executive to declare George Toma Day 


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. will proudly issue a proclamation that permanently designates April 19 as “George Toma Day,” in honor of legendary groundskeeper George Toma. The community and media are invited to join the celebration.

What: Jackson County Executive’s Declaration of George Toma Day

When: Friday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E. 18th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

Who: Frank White, Jr. – Jackson County Executive

Bob Kendrick – NLBM President

Tom Burgmeier – Former Royals Player

George Toma – Legendary Groundskeeper/Guest of Honor


George Toma spent nearly all of his more than 40-year career in Kansas City, serving as head groundskeeper at Municipal Stadium, where the then Kansas City Athletics, Comets Soccer team, Royals and Chiefs played. Naturally, he assumed grounds keeping responsibilities at Truman Sports Complex when Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums opened in 1972 and 1973 respectively.

In addition to working every Super Bowl since the first one in 1967, Toma has been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as, inducted into Major League Baseball’s Groundskeepers Hall of Fame and Royals Hall of Fame. Please see the attached photos for your use.

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