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Denny Matthews
Born November 14, 1942 (1942-11-14) (age 67)
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Occupation Sportscaster

Denny Matthews (born November 14, 1942) is an American sportscaster, best known as the radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals since their inception in 1969. He currently shares those radio duties with Bob Davis and Steve Stewart, among others.


Early history

Matthews grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, and attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where he played baseball and football, and belonged to the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He worked for local radio and television stations in Peoria and St. Louis before his hiring by the Royals. Matthews also called baseball events for the national CBS Radio network in the 1980s.

Broadcast career

Denny has broadcast the Royals since their inception in 1969. The original broadcast team for the Royals was Matthews and Bud Blattner. From the 1974 season to 1998 – a stretch that includes the best seasons in the Royals' history – Matthews was paired with Fred White. In 1999, the two also teamed up to write a book called Play by Play: 25 Years of Royals on Radio, which recounts anecdotes from those seasons. In 1999, the Royals fired White and replaced him with the younger Ryan Lefebvre. Despite a tremendous age difference, Matthews and Lefebvre integrated their styles well and their dry wit and rapport became popular with Royals fans.

In 2008, Matthews cut back on his broadcast schedule, traveling to fewer road games, turning many of those chores over to Bob Davis and Steve Stewart, although Matthews broadcast the first road trip of the season to Detroit and Minnesota while Davis was broadcasting the Kansas Jayhawks' run to the national championship. Matthews handled most of the home schedule and much of the September slate, when Davis turned his attention to broadcasting University of Kansas football games.

Matthews' broadcasts and longevity have made him a popular figure in Kansas City. Baseball historian and statistician Bill James is among his fans.

His voice has a pleasant timbre which suggests a cheerful occasion. His inflection varies naturally so it's neither falsely enthusiastic nor boring. He has a dry, understated humor that drifts through much of his audience undetected. One cannot learn these things at a microphone; they are given.
— Bill James


On February 23, 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee announced that Matthews would receive its Ford C. Frick Award on July 29, 2007.[1] [2]


  • Denny Matthews, Fred White, and Matt Fulks (1999). Play by Play: 25 Years of Royals on Radio (ISBN 1-886110-78-6)


  1. ^ Lifetime achievement (sic) last accessed February 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Royals announcer Matthews wins Ford C. Frick Award last accessed February 23, 2007.

External links

Baseball Hall of Fame page* [1]

Preceded by
Voice of the Royals
1969 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gene Elston
Ford C. Frick Award
Succeeded by
Dave Niehaus


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