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Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews’ new contract ties him to team through 50th season

Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence during the 2007 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence during the 2007 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Associated Press

Denny Matthews, who has called more than 7,000 games as a Royals broadcaster since the club’s first season in 1969, has agreed to a four-year contract extension.

The new deal, which was announced Saturday during the final day of FanFest at Bartle Hall, will keep Matthews with the Royals through their, and Matthews’, 50th season in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that we were able to reach this agreement with Denny,” Mike Swanson, Royals vice president of communications and broadcasting, said in a release. “He has delivered the word pictures of virtually every important moment in team history.”

In 2008, Matthews became the fifth major-league broadcaster to spend 40 consecutive seasons with one club, joining legends such as the Dodgers’ Vin Scully. In 2007, Matthews received the Ford C. Frick Award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Matthews turned 72 in November, shortly after the Royals’ first World Series in 29 years. He started his career with the Royals as their No. 2 announcer in 1969 after beating out more than 300 applicants, according to the team. He took over the No. 1 job in 1975, teaming with Fred White on the Royals Radio Network until 1998. Ryan Lefebvre joined Matthews a year later.

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