Frank White

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Frank White Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

White speaks to students in 2009

Second baseman Frank White spent all eighteen years of his career with the Kansas City Royals. He holds the franchise record with eight Gold Gloves. After stints as a member of the Boston Red Sox (1994-1996) and Royals (1997-2001) coaching staffs, he served as the manager of the Wichita Wranglers, the Royals Double A affiliate. He resigned his post in the Royals front office in 2011 and was elected to public office in Jackson County, Missouri in 2014. A Democrat, he first won a seat in the county legislature, then moved up to county executive in 2016.

He is the most successful graduate of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy - established by team owner Ewing Kauffman and run by Syd Thrift. The purpose of the Academy was to refine the skills of athletically-gifted prospects who had been neglected by other major league teams because they had not played much baseball in high school or college. Like many of the Academy's projects, Frank White had not been drafted; but he was developed into one of the leading second basemen of his generation.

During the 1985 World Series, he became the first second baseman to bat cleanup in a Fall Classic (and second in history) since Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. His solo home run off Houston Astros ace Mike Scott in the 7th inning of the 1986 All-Star Game proved the difference in a 3-2 American League triumph. He hit for the cycle twice in his career, on September 26, 1979 against the California Angels and again on August 3, 1982 against the Detroit Tigers.

White's #20 was retired by the Royals in 1995, the same year he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. In 1989 he and George Brett were jointly named as the first team captains in franchise history. Brett continued to hold the title after White retired at the end of the 1990 season, until he retired himself at the end of 1993.

White has been a coach for the Kansas City T-Bones of the new American Association since 2012.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1992 GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League 18-41 15th Boston Red Sox
2004 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 73-66 3rd Kansas City Royals
2005 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 68-72 6th Kansas City Royals
2006 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 77-62 2nd Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals

Further Reading[edit]

  • Frank White (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, July 1987, pp. 61-64 [1]
  • Frank White (as told to Al Doyle): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, May 2003, pp. 48-51. [2]

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