Jackie Hernandez, the first shortstop for the Kansas City Royals, passed away on October 12, 2019 at age 79.
Hernandez broke in with the Angels in 1965, then was sent to the Twins in the Dean Chance trade following the 1966 season.
After 2 years in Minnesota, he was selected by the Royals in the expansion draft, and was their starting shortstop that first season, and the first half of 1970.
He rode the bench for the 2nd half of 1970, then was dealt to the Pirates in a 6-player trade that saw shortstop Freddie Patek join the Royals.
He was a bench player for 3 seasons in Pittsburgh, followed by 1 season in triple-A and 2 in Mexico.