Hall of Fame Induction
By Paul Splittorff
August 26, 2005
With his induction on August 14, 2005, Bret Saberhagen became the 21st member of the Royals Hall of Fame. Paul Splittorff (1987 Inductee) writes about being one of the select members of the Hall of Fame.
Along with Cookie Rojas, I was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987, the second year of the hall's existence. Pitcher Steve Busby and outfielder Amos Otis were the inaugural inductees in 1986. I felt privileged to be part of Royals history and as the class of inductees has grown, the honor has taken on more meaning. Now that the hall includes other players, managers and front office personnel from a time that many consider the golden era of baseball in Kansas City, it is special to be recognized as a contributor to that time in team history.
Other than an opportunity to have a great party, induction day is an opportunity to thank all of the people who helped you achieve the honor. First and foremost, my parents were important in that they supported and encouraged me during my developmental years as a player. Jack McKeon, my Triple A manager and Galen Cisco, a teammate and pitching coach for me in professional baseball was important. Bob Baker and Lloyd Mayer, coaches in my high school years were important to my development as well.
I have had the opportunity to be a part of other members' induction into the Royals Hall of Fame. I was a part of Sabes induction this year and Dan Quisenberry's induction in 1998. It's an honor to be a part of another player's induction ceremony. It's a lot of fun to gather stories and statistics about a former teammate and look back on their contribution to the team.
*Along with the Royals Hall of Fame, Paul Splittorff is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Missouri Hall of Fame.
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