How much do you know about the Kansas City Royals? Take our quiz

Rain collects on a Royals decal logo on a seat in the stands before Game three of the 2014 ALCS playoff baseball game Oct. 13, 2014, between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Major League Baseball has been around Kansas City since the late 1950s, when the Athletics left Philadelphia and moved west. The Royals came on the scene in 1969 and have provided a number of exciting moments over the years. With help from the Kansas City MLB website, test your knowledge of everything Royals by taking our quiz.

1. Which team did the Royals beat to win their first American League pennant in 1980?

Boston Red Sox

Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees

Detroit Tigers

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