Bob Davis (sportscaster)

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Bob Davis
Topeka, Kansas
Known forBroadcasting voice of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks

Bob Davis (born 1945) is an American sportscaster. He is best known for his work broadcasting Kansas City Royals baseball games as well as Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball games. Davis is known for his dramatic style and calling the Jayhawks' NCAA Tournament Championships in 1988 and 2008.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Bob Davis lived in Hays, Kansas and broadcast Fort Hays State University sports for radio station KAYS (AM) from 1968 to 1984 before becoming the play-by-play voice of the Kansas Jayhawks football and men's basketball teams.[1] In addition to his work with KU broadcasts Davis was on the Kansas City Royals broadcast team for 17 years. It was announced on February 14, 2013 that he was leaving the Royals. During his Royals tenure, he worked as the play-by-play analyst on television with Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Paul Splittorff for eleven years.[2] Bob Davis worked for the NCAA-CBS Radio broadcasts of the NCAA Women's Final Four basketball tournament in 1990, 1992, and 1994 through 1997.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bob Davis grew up in Topeka, Kansas. Following graduation from Topeka West High School he attended Washburn University. He and wife Linda live in Lawrence, Kansas. Linda Davis is currently being treated for Parkinson's disease.[3] Bob and Linda Davis' son, Steven, is a play-by-play announcer for the Double-A affiliate of the Royals[4] and also broadcasts games for the UMKC Kangaroos men's basketball team.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 13-time winner, Kansas Sportscaster of the Year Award.[4]
  • Member, Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (inducted 2006).[5]
  • Member, Fort Hays State University Hall of Fame.[1]
  • Two-time winner, Oscar Stauffer Award for excellence in high school sports.[1]
  • 2001 named to Dick Vitale's "Sweet Sixteen" list of best college basketball broadcasters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Legendary Jayhawk voice Bob Davis elected to KAB Hall of Fame". University of Kansas Athletic Department. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Davis steps down as Royals broadcaster". Fox Sports Kansas City website. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ Dutton, Bob (14 February 2013). "Davis steps down from role as Royals broadcaster". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b Kaegel, Dick (14 February 2013). "Davis retires from Royals broadcast team". via Kansas City Royals official website. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Royals brodacsters bios". The Kansas City Royals official website. 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.