July 6, 2011

Everybody's Got A Record: Paul Splittorff Edition

**In this series we strive to prove the universal truth that every baseball player holds some kind of record.**

If you aren't a Royals fan, or possibly a Yankees fan in the late 70's, Paul Splittroff might not be too familiar to you.  Paul pitched his entire 14-season career with the Royals and I include the "Yankees fan" reference because his most famous pitching performances were against the Yankees in the American League Championship series.

He was perhaps the best pitcher the Royals have ever had.  He holds the team record for career wins (166), innings pitched (2,554.6 innings), games started (392), and batters faced (10,824).  Having pitched for 14 years with one team also allowed him to hold some negative records like hits allowed (2,644), losses (143), and earned runs allowed (1,082),  Unfortunately, Paul passed away earlier this year from melanoma skin cancer.

1975 Topps #340 Paul Splittorff 

1984 Donruss #521 Paul Splittorff

1979 Kellogg's #10 Paul Splittorff

1977 Topps #534 Paul Splittorff

1982 Topps #759 Paul Splittorff

1981 Fleer Stickers #95 Paul Splittorff

1974 Topps #225 Paul Splittorff

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