So great to have Lorenzo Cain, KC Royals MVP, stop by during Royals Fanfest! We appreciate Lorenzo being such a loyal TT customer, and Paola appreciated that he graciously took a selfie with her! Great guy!
Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals! And thank you for such an exciting series – WE BELIEVE! Throwback to the 1970s Town Topic baseball team. Current owner, Scot Sparks, is front row, second from right. His dad and 2nd generation TT owner, Gary, coached the team and is back row, far right. A bunch of young boys with big dreams. So fun to see Royals fulfilling their own dreams!
Remembering Larry Stewart (1948-2007)this holiday season.
Stewart rose from poverty to become KC’s Secret Santa for 26 years. After the owner of Mississippi’s Dixie Diner gave a homeless Stewart $20 back in 1971, he vowed that if he ever had the means he would do the same for others…and boy did he. Stewart gave more than $1.3 million over the years – many times as crisp $100 bills to strangers on the street, in laundromats and gas stations. Beyond that, he and his “elves”… (including KC’s own Buck O’Neil and former Chicago Bear Dick Butkus), would personally hand thousands of dollars to someone in need of surgery or to others devastated by hurricanes, fires and 9/11.
Stewart graced Town Topic many times to spread good cheer, and was described by one employee as “an angel from Heaven”. Upon meeting him Oprah Winfrey exclaimed, “Why you are Santa incarnate right here!” You can read more about Stewart in the book, “Santa’s Secret, A Story of Hope”.
Stewart was quoted as saying, “Anyone can be Santa. You don’t have to give away money. You can give a smile or look someone in the eye and listen.”
Good luck to the Kansas City Royals today at their home opener!! Flashback to a Town Topic little league team circa 1950s – a bunch of young boys with a big dream. Owner Claude Sparks is on the left. Here’s hoping the rain holds off for today’s game. Go Royals!