214@100: Splittorff, other notables hail from Old Arlington

 
Submitted by District 214
Posted6/16/2015 1:23 PM
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  • Kansas City Royals southpaw Paul Splittorff deals to the New York Yankees in their playoff opener on Oct. 6, 1977. He got credit for the Royals 7-2 victory.

    Kansas City Royals southpaw Paul Splittorff deals to the New York Yankees in their playoff opener on Oct. 6, 1977. He got credit for the Royals 7-2 victory. Associated Press FILE PHOTO

Arlington High School produced several notable athletes, including left-handed pitcher Paul Splittorff. Splittorff, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft, spent his entire career with the team -- pitching more innings and winning more games for the organization than any other pitcher at the time of his 2011 death.

Though never an All-Star, he accumulated 166 career victories over his 15-year career with the Royals; became the first pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the Royals and the first to win a postseason game; and in 1980 was the starting pitcher in the game that would send the Royals to the World Series for the first time.

His final game came on June 26, 1984, only weeks after the closing of Arlington High School in 1984.

Splittorff was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame three years later, and worked as a color commentator for the Royals and an analyst for Big Eight and Big 12 college basketball telecasts.

Other Arlington High School professional athletes include Doug Betters (football), Fritz Peterson (baseball) and George Vukovich (baseball). The school also captured 13 state championships before closing, including five straight titles in girls badminton.

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