And yes, there are more important things on this earth than sports I guess, but I dare say tonight, nothing can bring more joy to Kansas City than a little single into right field to get this thing to game seven. This improbable little team, doing improbable little things, now has pushed this thing to the brink. – Fred White after Game 6 of the 1985 World Series
Former Kansas City Royals broadcaster Fred White died today after a long battle with melanoma. He was 76.
White was a with the Royals for over 40 years, 26 of which were spent in the Royals radio booth with his partner Denny Mathews from 1973 to 1998. He was the Director of Broadcast Services and Royals Alumni before retiring yesterday.
During the offseason White could also be heard broadcasting Big Eight and Big 12 games on television, and received assignments from ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and Turner Sports.
“Fred White has been synonymous with Royals baseball as long as anybody can remember,” Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting Mike Swanson said in a statement yesterday after the team announced White’s retirement.
“There are so many people in Kansas City who, when they hear a voice, they knew it was Royals baseball, and Fred was that voice along with Denny for so many years.”
Here is Fred White and Denny Matthews calling the resumed portion of the Pine Tar Game.