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Archive for Thursday, May 16, 2013

Longtime Royals broadcaster Fred White dies

May 16, 2013

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— Longtime Kansas City Royals broadcaster Fred White died Wednesday of complications from cancer. He was 76.

The Royals were informed of White’s passing by his son, Joe. White died in hospice one day after the team announced his retirement after 40 years working for the organization.

White was the sports anchor for Topeka’s WIBW-TV and broadcast Kansas State athletics before joining the Royals in 1973. He would work with Denny Matthews to form the Royals’ primary broadcasting team through 1998.

White helped call six division championships, an American League pennant in 1980 and the Royals’ only World Series championship in 1985.

White also broadcast basketball games for ESPN and other networks. Upon leaving the broadcast booth, he headed up the Royals Radio Network and supervised the Royals Alumni, assisting with clinics, appearances and the team’s fantasy camp.

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Clint Church 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes, remember listening to him call the Royals in my Gramma's backyard while eating homemade ice cream.

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Royals 1 year, 4 months ago

Fred is the reason why Denny is in hall of fame. Denny has been average since.

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Royals 1 year, 4 months ago

Correction: Fred is a "big" reason why....

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Royals 1 year, 4 months ago

I hadn't thought of that. That would definitely wear you down.

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