For old-time, die-hard Kansas City Royals fans, the news of Paul Splittorff is a little sad. Splittorff died at his home in Kansas City on Wednesday after losing his battle with melanoma and oral cancer. He was 64.

During his 15-year career with the Kansas City Royals, Paul Splittorff won 166 games, a franchise record. He was part of the draft pick – after 25 rounds – in 1968, just before the Royals came to Kansas City. His career ended in 1984, just one year before the Royals won the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

After his retirement from the team, Paul Splittorff became the voice of the Kansas City Royals. From the broadcast booth, Splittorff was able to connect to the next generation of fans for more than just baseball.

Fans remember Paul Splittorff for his high leg kick on the pitcher’s mound. Like other sports greats, Paul Splittorff passed peacefully as a legend in his own time and will be remembered by many as one of the great players of the Kansas City Royals.