Ryan Lefebvre Biography, Education, Family, Wife, Book and Philanthropy

Ryan Lefebvre Biography

Ryan Lefebvre is an American sportscaster, best known as a play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals since 1999. In 2008, he became the primary announcer for Royals’ television broadcasts on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Lefebvre also provides play-by-play on the Royals Radio Network for some of the games that aren’t covered on television, relieving longtime Royals announcer Denny Matthews. Since the 2012 season, he has called most games on the radio when Steve Physioc does the play-by-play on TV.

Lefebvre was named Most Valuable Player for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 1993 and made first-team All-Big Ten in 1991 and 1993 as an outfielder. He spent one season in the Cleveland Indians minor league system with the Watertown Indians of the New York–Penn League.

Lefebvre had also broadcast TV and cable for the Minnesota Twins from 1995 to 1998.

Ryan Lefebvre Education

The Los Angeles native graduated from Loyola High School in 1989. Additionally, he began his broadcasting career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota at KUOM radio.

He graduated in 1994 from Minnesota, where he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1993. Ryan also established school records for hits, triples, and at-bats. He was selected in the 27th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Ryan Lefebvre Early life/ Family

Lefebvre grew up in southern California, the son of carefree parents who separated when he was a toddler. His father, Jim Lefebvre, is a former Major League infielder. He later became a manager when his playing days ended. Lefebvre lived with his dad in the summertime.

Ryan Lefebvre Wife

Lefebvre is a happily married man. He is happily married to the love of his life, Sarah. Together, they have been blessed with three sons Micah, Evan and Lucas, and daughter, Callie. Lefebvre and his wife, Sarah, reside in Greenwood, Mo. They live together with their four children.

Ryan Lefebvre The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back.

In early 2006, Lefebvre made public his struggle with depressive illness.  Lefebvre also wrote a book detailing his experiences, titled The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back.

Ryan Lefebvre recently spoke of the importance of his Catholic faith in overcoming depression. Additionally, he spoke about the importance of gaining a renewed perspective on life.

Lefebvre was gripped by depression and anxiety. He had depression, not because of pf the tedium of having to watch a Royals team that lost 106 games. In The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back (Ascend Books, 241 pages, $22.95). Lefebvre describes the emotional debilitation he experienced during the 2005 season.

On a road trip to Cleveland, the broadcaster sat in a darkened hotel room. On his table, there was a bottle of Xanax. While seated there, he considered how he could walk out of the Marriott and get to a hospital without being spotted by anyone in the Royals’ traveling party. (He ended up going to the park and calling the game.)

The Shame of Me is a brave book told by a sincere, even admirable man. (Lefebrve worked with former Kansas City Star sportswriter Jeffrey Flanagan.) But it’s not without flaws. The narrative frequently loses steam, and by book’s end. Lefebvre sounds too much like one of the platitude-reliant life coaches he seeks out as he reconstitutes his mental health.

Ryan Lefebvre Philanthropy

Actively involved in a number of Kansas City community activities. Lefebvre is also the founder of Gloves For Kids and the Footprints Foundation. The foundation raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri. In 2011, Lefebvre was the recipient of the John J. “Buck” O’Neil MVP Award for his commitment to youth in Kansas City.

He was also named the 2006 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Role Model of the Year, while in 2008 the Staples store in Zona Rosa (Kansas City) was dedicated in his honor for his “Philanthropic Spirit.”