Paul Splittorff

Paul William Splittorff Jr. (pronounced /ˈsplɪtɔrf/; born October 8, 1946 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former left-handed starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals. With 166 career victories, he remains the most successful pitcher in Royals history.

Baseball Career

Splittorff made his debut on September 23, 1970 and by 1972, at age 25, he was a fixture in the Royals’ rotation. He finished in the league top 10 in wins three times, in 1973, 1977, and 1978. Never an All-Star and usually overshadowed by teammates Steve Busby, Dennis Leonard and Larry Gura, Splittorff’s consistency and longevity resulted in him winning more games than any of them. Splittorff was known for staring down hitters after he struck them out. Known as “the Yankee Killer”, he was particularly effective pitching against the New York Yankees, who tended to stock up on left-handed hitters to take advantage of the dimensions of Yankee Stadium, and Splitorff compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.68 earned run average pitching in four championship series against the Yankees.
He retired in 1984 when his effectiveness faded at the same time the Royals had numerous young pitchers coming through the ranks. His final game was June 26, 1984.

Post Career

After his retirement, Splittorff became a television color commentator for the Royals. He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987. Splittorff is currently taking a break from broadcasting as he recovers from a viral infection which has affected his voice.[1]
Before beginning his professional career, he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at Morningside College.

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