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Patrick Mahomes grows business empire with ownership stake in Kansas City Royals

The son of the former Twins reliever has apparently made a lot of money in sports himself.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback can now add Major League Baseball owner to his long list of accolades. The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday, that Patrick Mahomes is the newest member of the team’s ownership group.

“We are very proud and excited to have Patrick as our partner in the ownership group of this franchise,” John Sherman, Chairman, CEO and Principal owner of the Royals, said in a statement.

Mahomes, at 24 years old, will be the youngest part owner in sports history. The team did not say how much of a stake he took in the team, or his stake’s value.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 02:12 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 02:30 PM (#5966419)
I don't watch a lot of football, so my first thought was there was no way Pat Sr. made enough money in his career to buy into a major league team.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: July 28, 2020 at 05:53 PM (#5966487)
I thought he was a Mets fan.
   3. Zach Posted: July 28, 2020 at 06:34 PM (#5966495)
Interesting question: who are the youngest players to be the consensus best in their sport?

Mahomes had his first big season at 22 and won the Superbowl at 23. I feel like there were still some holdouts going into last season, so I'll put him down as 23.

Willie Mays had his first big year at 23. He won the MVP that year and had the famous over the shoulder catch in the World Series, so I'm inclined to give it to him.

I don't know enough about basketball to say what year LeBron James reached the top, but it was pretty early.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: July 28, 2020 at 06:39 PM (#5966496)
   5. Bhaakon Posted: July 28, 2020 at 06:55 PM (#5966498)
Yeah, probably Trout. I remember the MVP debates ca 2012-2013, and even the Cabrera voters generally started by conceding that Trout was a better player before trying to explain their reasoning.
   6. Tom Riddle Posted: July 28, 2020 at 08:12 PM (#5966511)
Some called Lionel Messi the best in history as early as 22-23. Soccer's a bit different as players enter those conversations much earlier, and I think there wasn't a huge gap between Messi being the best in the world and already being in the all-time conversation, but you could think many considered him best in the world a year or two earlier at 21. Ronaldinho, when winning the award for world's best player, said Messi was better (when Messi was 18), though there's surely some element of friendliness in that.

Connor McDavid is an even more recent example: 23 now, arguably the best in the NHL as of two years ago (I think.) Sidney Crosby had a claim as young as 19-20.

Tennis: Federer reached #1 at 23 at the beginning of his reign pre-Nadal. Nadal reached #1 at 22, but it's fair to say neither of them could ever be consensus best player while the other was around.

A couple more for fun: Bobby Fischer wasn't officially ranked #1 in chess until his late 20s, but I think that's when the rankings were introduced, and I'm not sure how much he could truly compete for a world title earlier, but he was already dominant (in the US, at least) by 19-20. This stretches consensus, though. Magnus Carlsen was ranked #1 at 19, and I get the sense he was soon a pure consensus best player, but don't actually know enough about chess to be sure.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2020 at 08:32 PM (#5966513)
I assume female tennis is not in the mix.
   8. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 28, 2020 at 09:51 PM (#5966531)
Interesting question: who are the youngest players to be the consensus best in their sport?

Wayne Gretzky was probably the consensus choice before his 20th birthday rolled around.
When he was 19, he tied for the league lead in points during his first NHL season, and was voted MVP.
By the time his 20th birthday arrived (January 26, 1981), he was already well in front of everyone in points for that season (which he'll win handily).
I guess curmudgeonly people MIGHT have waited until his 21st birthday, when he was halfway to obliterating the all-time single season goals, assists, and points record in that season.
No one was going to argue at that point.

He probably secured his "greatest of all time" title before he was 30.
   9. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 28, 2020 at 09:56 PM (#5966532)
I don't know enough about basketball to say what year LeBron James reached the top, but it was pretty early.

With guys like Kobe Bryant still winning MVPs in 2007-08, I think you have to wait until 2008-09 (Lebron's first MVP season) to say he might have been the consensus best player in the sport.
He was 24 that season. When he won his 2nd MVP the next season, I think that cemented it for him.
   10. Monty Posted: July 28, 2020 at 10:02 PM (#5966534)
Surely the youngest part owner in sports history is some kid in Green Bay who got a share of the Packers for their birthday.
   11. Hank Gillette Posted: July 28, 2020 at 10:09 PM (#5966538)
Interesting question: who are the youngest players to be the consensus best in their sport?

It depends on whether you include women’s gymnastics.
   12. Ron J Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:04 AM (#5966566)
#6 Indeed, by the time we got (semi) official ratings Fischer was #1. But they've since gone back and used the same methods. He'd have hit #1 at 20 (in the February 1964 ratings list -- indistinguishable from but higher than Petrosian) and would hold the #1 spot until April 1965. And wouldn't get back to #1 until September 1966. And would stay #1 until no longer active.
   13. Boxkutter Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:30 AM (#5966568)
I think Mike Tyson at 20 was considered the best at the time. At least heavyweight. He had two of the three belts before he turned 21 and got the third about a month after his 21st birthday.
   14. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:35 AM (#5966570)
Woods was 21 when he lapped field at Augusta. Probably not total separation until he was piling on at age 24.
   15. Jaack Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:46 AM (#5966575)
Can we count Doc Gooden? By the end of '85 he's clearly the best pitcher, and has as good of a claim as Cal Ripken or Rickey as the best overall player.

Chris Evert was pretty clearly the best women's tennis player when she was 19.
   16. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: July 29, 2020 at 05:53 AM (#5966588)
Bobby Orr.
   17. Ron J Posted: July 29, 2020 at 06:57 AM (#5966590)
Orr was 21 when he won his first MVP and wouldn't have been considered the best before then.
   18. AndrewJ Posted: July 29, 2020 at 07:45 AM (#5966593)
Chris Evert was pretty clearly the best women's tennis player when she was 19.

My father was a ballboy at many of Maureen Connolly's Philadelphia-area tennis matches in the early 1950s. She was definitely the top women's tennis player in the world when she was still in her teens.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: July 29, 2020 at 08:15 AM (#5966597)
Martina Hingis became the No. 1 female tennis player in 1997 at age 16, when she won three Grand Slams while losing the French Open final. that closes the book on that sport.
   20. Addie Joss Posted: July 29, 2020 at 08:45 AM (#5966602)
Secretariat was 3.
   21. depletion Posted: July 29, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5966631)
Nadia Comeneci (sp.)
   22. flournoy Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:31 PM (#5966658)
I think Michael Phelps was universally regarded as the #1 swimmer at age 19. If you break Track & Field into separate disciplines, Usain Bolt was the top sprinter at about age 22.
   23. DonP stopped lurking Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:48 PM (#5966664)
Pelé was 16 when he dominated the World Cup. It's got to be him in the non-womens-amateur division.
   24. depletion Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5966689)
Nadia was 14 when she was considered, at least by the general public, to be the greatest of all time. Had a great career after that as well.
   25. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:17 PM (#5966692)
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both won the Formula One World Driver's Championship at age 23.
   26. bunyon Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5966693)
Matt Wieters was considered the greatest before he was born.

His stock fell soon after.
   27. Walt Davis Posted: July 29, 2020 at 06:14 PM (#5966747)
"Consensus best" is a big hurdle and of course is partly dependent on whether there are 2 great players at one time. In real time, there was plenty of debate about Mays and Mantle (slightly younger) for example. Mantle put up 9.5 WAR in his age 23 season, a year after Mays put up 10.5 WAR in his age 23 season. (Mantle just ahead of Mays in WAR in that 1955 season.) By WAR, Mantle blew the doors off Mays in 56-57 ... then Mays was substantially better from there. Think how much greater we would consider Pujols if Bonds hadn't still been around.

Anyway, that's not quite where I was going. My main point is that, among the big 4 male sports, hockey probably has the edge. Most top players are in the NHL at 18-19. It's reasonably common to debut in the same season you're drafted. Bobby Hull led the league in G and P at 21 and repeated at 23. Gordie Howe started to dominate at 22 when he already had 4 full seasons under his belt. Sidney Crosby led in P and won the MVP at 19. At age 23, Lemieux put up 85 goals, 114 assists (199 points!) ... and lost the MVP to Gretzky. But of course Gretzky dominates them all.

Basketball is really the only one of the big 4 that has any hope of competing with that but still debuts at 18-19 are not common and not many dominate right out of college either. Chamberlain of course but he was 23. Kareem's first MVP was also at 23. Malone's was at 23.

Of course Jim Brown might have dominated lacrosse at 19. :-)
   28. Perry Posted: July 29, 2020 at 07:36 PM (#5966758)
Ty Cobb won his first batting title at 20 in 1907 and was probably at a superstar level by then but Wagner was still at that level also for at least a couple more years.

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