Paul Splittorff, a cornerstone of the Kansas City Royals organization as both a star pitcher and a beloved broadcaster, passed away Wednesday at the age of 64 from complications of melanoma. Splittorff is survived by his wife Lynne, his daughter Jennifer and his son Jaime.
Splittorff, a big left-hander, is the Royals’ franchise leader in wins with 166 and holds a host of other pitching records that he set during the expansion club’s infancy. Along with the victories, “Splitt” set the benchmarks for innings pitched and starts during his career that spanned from 1970 to 1984.
After his standout playing career that featured a 20-win campaign in 1973 and 10 seasons of double-digit wins, Splittorff continued his Royals career as a broadcaster.
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