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Sep 28, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals public directions director Mike “Swanee” Swanson waves a goodbye before a game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Swanson is retiring after 43 years in Major League Baseball at the end of the season. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Swanson, who will retire as the Kansas City Royals' vice president of communications at the end of this month following a 43-year career in Major League Baseball, has been elected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Swanson will follow Royals president of baseball operations, Dayton Moore, who was named a Missouri Sports Hall of Famer last January. The annual enshrinement ceremony is set for Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mo.

“Growing up in Raytown, Mo., I had dreams, but even I couldn’t have dreamt how exciting or fulfilling my life in sports would be,” said Swanson. “Of all the opportunities I’ve had in the sports world, I never did it for the accolades, I did it out of my love for the game and the relationships I was able to forge. In 2007 I was given an opportunity to return to my hometown and join the Royals, and I enjoyed every single minute and relationship I had within that organization. I could never fathom that my professional career could be capped off by this honor from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. I am forever grateful.”

Swanson began his career in sports working in the equipment room for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1969-72. His first stint with the Royals began in 1973, which was his first of six seasons working as an intern in the team's media relations department.

Swanson served as a television statistician from 1977-85, before returning to baseball with the San Diego Padres from 1984-90, the upstart Colorado Rockies from 1992-97, and the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998-2006. In 2002, he was named the prestigious Robert O. Fishel Award winner for public relations excellence. He returned to Kansas City in 2007 and has served as the Royals VP of communications and broadcasting for the last 15 years, including back-to-back American League pennant winning seasons from 2014-15, and a World Series championship in 2015.

In total, Swanson has spent 21 of his 43 years in Major League Baseball representing his hometown team in Kansas City. His days as a statistician have seen him work six Final Fours, six Super Bowls, four NFC Championship games, five Sugar Bowls, six Cotton Bowls, three Fiesta Bowls, the 2007 BCS national championship game, 23 Maui Invitationals and the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in 2018.