by Denny Matthews with Matt Fulks
foreword by David Glass
Denny Matthews has been with the Kansas City Royals as a radio announcer since the club’s first season in 1969. He teamed with Buddy Blattner until 1975, and then became the team’s number one announcer, working for 25 years with Fred White, who joined the Royals in 1973. Besides working for the Royals, Matthews has worked games for the CBS Radio Network. He is one of a few broadcasters in baseball that has broadcast exclusively for the same team, without interruption, in five different decades. After the 2003 season, the Royals selected Matthews for the club’s Hall of Fame. Then, in 2007, Matthews received the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for an announcer, from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1999 Matthews co-authored Play by Play: 25 Years of Royals on Radio. Matthews is an avid golfer and hockey player.
Matt Fulks, who started his journalism career while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, after his baseball career was cut short by a lack of ability, spends his time as a freelance writer, editor and co-host of a syndicated radio show, “Behind the Stats.” He is a regular contributor to various publications, including kcmetrosports.com — the Web site for Kansas City’s all-sports TV station Metro Sports, and the Royals’ Gameday magazine. He is the author/co-author of 13 books.