Sunday, March 26, 2006

Royals Broadcaster Denny Matthews Dead On

With the start of the season less than a week off, fans across the nation are readying to tune in to their favorite play-by-play broadcasters, iconic figures such as Vin Scully, John Miller, Marty Brennaman, Mike Shannon, Harry Kalas, Jerry Coleman, Bob Uecker, Milo Hamilton and many others. Some names are bigger, but none perhaps is more remarkable than the Royals Denny Matthews. Though it is not generally known, in 1996 Matthews stepped off a curb at 12th Street and Vine in Kansas City and was instantly flattened by a Boulevard Beer truck, and had no pulse or respiration when his body arrived at the hospital. And yet, Matthews has managed to drag himself to the broadcast booth and work a complete season year after year even though he has been stone-cold dead...DEAD...for the past decade.

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