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Royals broadcaster and pitcher Paul Splittorff has died


Just last week, it was reported that Royals broadcaster and former pitcher Paul Splittorff was seriously ill. I had hoped that the reports were premature and he would be able to fight and win his battle with cancer. Unfortunately, that wasn't in the cards as he died at his family home in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Splittorff was my favorite television broadcaster the Royals have put on the air. His opinions were thoughtful, intelligent and frank. He was also a fantastic pitcher and he still holds the franchise record in Wins (166), Starts (392) and Innings Pitched (2554.2). He's a member of the Royals Hall of Fame and deservedly so.

It's certainly a sad day for all Royals fans. Paul Splittorff was a great pitcher and a better person and he represented himself and the Royals well in everything he did. He's without question the model of what every Royal should be on and off the field. He'll certainly be missed.

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Nick Scott is a contributor to Royals Authority and is the host of the Broken Bat Single Royals podcast, you can follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


CreatureComforts 2 years, 11 months ago

Ach! What shocking and terrible news. I had not been up on the news that he was ill. What a loss for the Royals community. My best to his family (in the off chance one of them reads the comments section of an LJWorld article...)


woodscolt 2 years, 11 months ago

Watched or listened to nearly every game of his Royal career . He conducted himself with honor and character and integrity now absent in much of the sports world today.He earned everything by handwork and competitiveness. He was a perfect role model for a young kid growing up with the Royals. It was because of people like Paul Splittorff that the Royals were able to go from an expansion team to the World Series in 1980. Rest in peace Paul and thank you.


autie 2 years, 11 months ago

Yup...Splitt was one of the Royals greats and I always enjoyed him as an announcer..for baseball and KU basketball sometimes... I did notice changes in his speech over the last couple of years and wondered what the deal was. Sad day...


Nick Scott 2 years, 11 months ago

I echo all of your sentiments. My lasting image of him will be sitting alone in the pressbox watching the game and seemingly deep in thought. Little did I know, that two weeks later he would be gone.


Royals 2 years, 11 months ago

R.I.P. Splitt. It was nice meeting and talking baseball with you when your son pitched for the Jayhawks.


bigpimpin 2 years, 11 months ago

Rest in Peace, Split.

Class act. Represented the organization like no other. A true Royal. We'll miss you, Split.


cheeseburger 2 years, 11 months ago

Sincere condolences to the Splittorff family. Paul was a class individual, and an asset to Kansas City, MLB, and the Kansas City Royals. Rest in peace, Splitt!


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