Less than a 20-minute drive north from Kauffman Stadium fans will find what is considered the most impressive collection of sports memorabilia housed in any bar or restaurant in the United States.
Since opening in 1986, Chappell's Restaurant & Sports Museum has steadily expanded its collection to the point that it now includes more than 10,000 items.
The place is a labor of love for owner Jim Chappell, a longtime friend of former Kansas City and Oakland A's owner Charlie O. Finley. Chappell delights in leading first-time visitors from wall to wall, while providing background information about his collection's most interesting artifacts.
The top attraction at Chappell's is thought to be the 1974 World Series trophy Finley's rough-and-tumble Oakland A's won against the Dodgers. There also are balls autographed by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Dizzy Dean, as well as impressive collections of old jerseys, pennants and photographs.
This place looks and sounds like someplace old dudes go to shoot themselves. Judging by the map, I think it's by North Kansas City Hospital, but I can't be sure since they didn't put up some sort of indication, like perhaps AN ADDRESS. Has anyone been to this place?
Maybe I shouldn't be bummed that Goose Island or Murphy's didn't make the cut.