Universities in SF, KC make bet on World Series

The chancellors from both UC San Francisco and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the World Series that starts tonight.

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton put up their wagers Monday to foster friendly competition between San Francisco and Kansas City as the World Series begins between the Giants and Royals. Game 1 is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. today in Kansas City.

Morton has put up a rack of Kansas City barbecued ribs and an album of the Gates BBQ Suite composed and performed by saxophone player Bobby Watson, head of the jazz studies program at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

In return, Hawgood replied with a selection of Napa Valley wines, Sonoma artisanal cheeses and a gift basket celebrating the opening of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Feb. 1, 2015.

“I'm looking forward to a great series between two teams that have overcome long odds all season long. And I'm really looking forward to that Sonoma cheese,” Morton said in a statement.

“I appreciate Chancellor Morton's sentiments, and share them,” Hawgood replied in a statement. “I look forward to listening to the Gates BBQ Suite and sharing a rack of celebratory ribs and burnt ends with Madison Bumgarner.”

UMKC is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the Kansas City area.

UCSF is the nation's leading university exclusively focused on health. This year marks the university's 150th anniversary as a medical college.

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