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Royals continue freefall

The once-proud Royals are about to see their career franchise record fall below .500.

Originally Published: June 20, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

On May 27, 1969, the Kansas City Royals edged the Boston Red Sox in Municipal Stadium, 5-4. That lifted the first-year Royals to 21-21. It wasn't the first time they'd reached the .500 mark -- they'd won their first two games of the season, and been over and below .500 various times since -- but it was the last time for quite a while.

But on July 17, 1976, the Royals again edged the Red Sox in Kansas City (2-1 this time) to reach .500 in franchise history: 606 wins, 606 losses. The Royals ...

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