Posted by Andy on May 26, 2011
Paul Splittorff of the Royals has died at the age of 64.
He is the Royals' all-time leader in Wins:
It would appear he's likely to hold that record for a long time.
Interestingly, Splittorff is best-remembered by most for facing the Yankees a lot in the playoffs. In fact he is among the leaders in most post-season games pitched against the Yankees before the wild card era (which also happens to cut out a ton of Yankee playoff appearances):
|1||Clem Labine||12||Ind. Games||2||2||.500||3.26||1||1||1||2||30.1||37||11||3||7||14||1.45|
|2||Carl Erskine||11||Ind. Games||2||2||.500||5.83||7||2||0||0||41.2||36||27||2||24||31||1.44|
|3||Hugh Casey||9||Ind. Games||2||2||.500||1.72||0||0||0||1||15.2||14||3||0||3||4||1.09|
|4||Art Nehf||7||Ind. Games||3||3||.500||2.01||7||5||2||0||58.1||34||13||1||22||21||0.96|
|5||Steve Mingori||7||Ind. Games||0||0||4.32||0||0||0||1||8.1||9||4||1||3||2||1.44|
|6||Dennis Leonard||7||Ind. Games||2||3||.400||4.31||6||2||0||0||31.1||34||15||3||7||23||1.31|
|7||Paul Splittorff||6||Ind. Games||2||0||1.000||2.68||4||0||0||0||37.0||35||11||2||10||11||1.22|
|8||Don McMahon||6||Ind. Games||0||0||2.16||0||0||0||0||8.1||6||2||1||6||10||1.44|
|9||Burt Hooton||6||Ind. Games||3||3||.500||3.69||6||1||0||0||31.2||29||13||3||14||18||1.36|
|10||Joe Hatten||6||Ind. Games||0||0||8.44||1||0||0||0||10.2||16||10||1||9||5||2.34|
|11||Larry Gura||6||Ind. Games||2||2||.500||4.18||5||1||0||0||28.0||43||13||3||5||12||1.71|
|12||Harry Gumbert||6||Ind. Games||0||0||27.00||0||0||0||0||4.0||12||12||1||5||3||4.25|
|13||Lew Burdette||6||Ind. Games||4||2||.667||2.92||6||4||2||0||49.1||43||16||6||8||25||1.03|
|14||Doug Bird||6||Ind. Games||1||1||.500||2.35||0||0||0||0||7.2||10||2||1||0||3||1.30|
Here are a few of Splittorff's regular season gems:
- A complete-game one-hit shutout of the Brewers in the back end of a double-header
- A complete-game 12-inning win over the White Sox
- A complete-game shutout of the Angels with 10 strikeouts, one of just 2 double-digit K games in his career
- A complete-game drubbing of the A's where Splittorff allowed only 1 run and had 3 hits himself
A note on this card: it's one of the very few cards I could find of Splittorff with an action shot. He seems to have an awful lot of posed shots for some reason.
In enjoy the 1977 Topps design like a lot of their late 70s designs but my favorite thing about this set is the fact that they made each player's name as large as possible on the back, expanding it to fill the width of the card. I guess it's not ultimately the most efficient use of space but it certainly lends some gravitas to each card.