Frank White (baseball)

Frank White (baseball)

Infobox MLB retired
name=Frank White
position=Second baseman
birthdate=birth date and age|1950|9|4
Greenville, Mississippi
debutdate=June 12
debutteam=Kansas City Royals
finaldate=September 30
finalteam=Kansas City Royals
stat1label=Batting average
stat3label=Runs batted in
* Kansas City Royals (by|1973-by|1990)
* 5x All-Star selection (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1986)
* World Series champion (1985)
* 8x Gold Glove Award winner (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987)
* Silver Slugger Award winner (1986)
* 1980 ALCS MVP
* Kansas City Royals #20 retired

Frank White, Jr. (born September 4, 1950 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former Major League Baseball player, and coach for the Kansas City Royals and 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 Rojas at 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 Trammell and Lou Whitaker. In 1980, White was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, leading the Royals to their first World Series appearance.

A smooth fielder, White was a five-time All-Star. He won the Gold Glove Award eight times, including six consecutive seasons from 1977 to 1982. In 1977 he played 62 consecutive errorless games.

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 Series was 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 Wranglers for 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 City to serve as a part-time color commentator on Royals telecasts (filling in for Paul Splittorff on select games), as well as an analyst on the channel's "Royals Live" postgame show.

ee also

* 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

External links

* [ BaseballLibrary]

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