Splittorff was the first player originally signed by the Royals to make it to the
majors, and in 1973 he became their first 20-game winner. A thinking control pitcher
with a fine sinkerball, he led the AL with a .727 winning percentage by going 16-6
in 1977 (despite a 1-4 start), helping the Royals to their second of three consecutive
division titles. He threw two one-hitters, including one on August 3, 1975, in which
he set down the last 26 Oakland batters. Beleaguered by back problems, after 17 years
Royals' organization, he retired as the club's all-time leader in games and
innings pitched, starts, wins, and losses.