- Frank White (baseball)
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1950|9|4
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Runs batted in
Kansas City Royals(by|1973-by|1990)
* 5x All-Star selection (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1986)
World Serieschampion (1985)
Gold Glove Awardwinner (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987)
Silver Slugger Awardwinner (1986)
* Kansas City Royals #20 retired
Frank White, Jr. (born
September 4, 1950in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former Major League Baseballplayer, and coach for the Kansas City Royalsand their AA affiliate, the Wichita Wranglers. He currently works in the Royals front office.
White was born in
Greenville, Mississippi. After going to college at Longview Community in Lee's Summit, Missouri, he rose through the minors to reach the big leagues. Though initially disliked by fans because he displaced the popular Cookie Rojasat second base, he went on to set a major-league record jointly with teammate George Brett, by appearing in 1,914 games together. The record stood until 1995, when it was broken by the Detroit Tigers' Alan Trammelland Lou Whitaker. In 1980, White was the Most Valuable Playerof the American League Championship Seriesagainst the New York Yankees, leading the Royals to their first World Seriesappearance.
Although in his early years he was a singles hitter who contributed little to the Royals' run column, White improved markedly as an offensive player during his career, hitting 22
home runs two years in a row, in 1985 and 1986. Since the 1985 World Serieswas played without the designated hitter, White hit cleanup during that series, in place of Hal McRae.
White retired as a player in 1990 after 18 major-league seasons. On
May 2, 1995, the Royals retired White's number 20, and the same year he was inducted into the Royals' Hall of Fame. A bronze statue of White was dedicated outside of Kauffman Stadium in 2004, joining Royals founders Ewing & Muriel Kauffman, George Brett, and Buck O'Neil.
After the end of White's playing career, he coached with the Royals and then the Boston Red Sox. He then managed the
Wichita Wranglersfor three years before moving in Kansas City's front office. Frank White was said to be one of Dayton Moore's favorite to fill the Kansas City Royals vacant manager position starting in 2008 that ultimately went to Trey Hillman.
In February 2008 it was announced that White was joining
FSN Kansas Cityto serve as a part-time color commentatoron Royals telecasts (filling in for Paul Splittorffon select games), as well as an analyst on the channel's "Royals Live" postgame show.
Top 500 home run hitters of all time
List of major league players with 2,000 hits
List of Major League Baseball players with 400 doubles
Hitting for the cycle
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