Paul Splittorff is one of the few people that have played a key role in helping define what it means to be a part of the Kansas City Royals from the beginning – literally the very start of the organization. Paul was selected by the Royals in the 25th round of the June 1968 Baseball Draft, the year before the the club played it’s inaugural major league game. He is the gem of the Royals first draft class.
After signing with Kansas City, Paul made his professional debut with the Class-A Corning Royals of the New York-Pennsylvannia League. He led that pitching staff with eight wins – the first ever minor league team of the Kansas City Royals Organization.
- Splitt is the first Royals pitcher to post a twenty win season (1973 20-11)
- Splitt is the first pitcher to win a post season game for Kansas City (1976 ALCS Game 2)
- Splitt is the winning pitcher from the game that won Kansas City’s first AL Pennant (1980 ALCS Game 3)
- Splitt is first on the Royals all-time wins list (166)
Tonight Paul Splittorff is first in the thoughts and prayers of all Royals everywhere.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)
Thank you #34always carried himself with dignity and class. I got to meet him in 1979 at Kauffman. With those glasses he reminded me of someone’s insurance saleman, but his competitive fire on the mound made him great fun to watch. All the prayers of all Royals fans everywhere are wi him and his family. I personally hope he makes it back into the booth as soon as he can. Thanks #34 for all the great memories and God Bless!