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Royals all time ace Splittorff dies at 64


The Kansas City Royals say Paul Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in the team's history, has died.

The team announced in a news release that the 64-year-old Splittorff died early Wednesday from complications from melanoma at his home in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs.

A left-hander, Splittorff won 166 games in a 15-year career. In 1973, he became the first Royals pitcher to win 20 games. Splittorff was known for staring down hitters after he struck them out. He retired in 1984. After his retirement, he worked as a broadcaster for the Royals and college basketball.

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