Long time Kansas City Royals‘ radio play-by-play man Bob Davis is stepping down from his broadcast team after 16 years. According to Kansas City Starwriter Bob Dutton, Davis, 68, said it was a “mutual decision” between the Royals and Davis. He will continue his duties as play-by-play commentator for basketball and football broadcasts for the Kansas Jayhawks, a position he has held for 29 years. It will use the extra time to spend time with his ailing wife.
Davis’ greatest attribute as a play-by-play man has been his enthusiasm for what he is doing. The man is obviously a fan of sports in general, and of the Royals and the Jayhawks specifically. His folksy delivery is always easy to listen to and his excitable personality bleeds through during his broadcasts. His love of his teams is evident whenever his teams disappoint or excite. Some people only want the strictest of objectivity in their broadcasters but it so terrific when you can hear how much a commentator cares just from his voice. Bob Davis is such a man, and such a fan. He will be missed by the loyal listeners of Royals’ radio broadcasts.
As of now, Steve Stewart will cover Bob Davis’ previous booth responsibilities. The Royals have announced no other changes.