Local Sports Heroes Have Their Say In Conversations at Chappell's
October 5, 2012
Burgers? Or baseballs?
Is Chappell's in North Kansas City a restaurant with a sports museum? Or is it a museum that also sells food?
Owner Jim Chappell has devoted a lifetime to accumulating the treasure trove of sports memorabilia which fills his restaurant from floor to ceiling.
And over the years he has frequently played host to local sports personalities who, over food and drink, have talked about their lives and careers.
Now Chappell and co-writer Matt Fulks share some of those stories as told in their book Conversations at Chappell's on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The book, published by Star Books, is a virtual Who's Who of Kansas City sports. With an introduction by former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator. Christopher Bond and a forward by Chiefs legend Len Dawson, the volume covers the big three sports - football, baseball, and basketball - on both the professional and college level.
Among the figures featured in the book are Athletics legend Lew Krausse, Royal's players like Denny Matthews and Dennis Leonard, Chiefs immortals like Dawson and Bobby Bell, and giants of college play like K-State's Lynn Dickey and KU's Scot Pollard, and even players for the NBA's long-gone Kansas City Kings like Sam Lacey and Joe C. Meriweather.
Sports journalists have their say as well, among them KU's Max Falkenstein, Star writers Kent Pulliam and Jeff Flanagan, and TV commentators Dave Stewart and Kevin Harlan.
Chappell is the owner of Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum. Fulks is a sports journalist, author, and broadcaster who works for Kansas City's Metro Sports.
Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is co-sponsored by Star Books and Chappell's Restaurant and Sports Museum. It is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.