The winningest pitcher and broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Just 10 days after it was announced that Paul Splittorff was battling melanoma and oral cancer, the KC Royals said that Mr. Splittorff passed away at his home in Blue Springs, MO., a suburb of Kansas City from complications from skin cancer.
Splittorff was drafted in 1968 in the 25th round by the incoming expansion Kansas City Royals. Paul Splittorff pitched his entire 15-years in the major leagues for Kansas City. Paul retired after the 1984 season with 166 victories a club-record. Splittorff had his best year as a Royal during the 1973 season winning 20 games with only 11 losses, the Royals first pitcher to win 20 games. In 15 seasons, Paul Splittorff was 166-143 with a 3.81 ERA.
After his retirement in 1984 Paul Splittorff spent 24 years working as a television analyst.
Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett told a local Kansas City radio station ”He helped put the Kansas City Royals on the map and was such a great player for so many years, he wasn’t a real boisterous guy in the clubhouse. He just went about his work quietly and let everybody else get the headlines.”
Paul Splittorff 1946 – 2011