Frank White, Jr. (born September 4, 1950) is an American former Major League Baseball player, and coach for the Kansas City Royals and their AA affiliate, the Wichita Wranglers. He is also a former color commentator for Royals telecasts. He currently serves as the first base coach of the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He won the Jackson County Legislature election on the evening of August 6, 2014.
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 error-less 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 as of 2009, Dick Howser. 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 favorites to fill the Kansas City Royals vacant manager position starting in 2008 that ultimately went to Trey Hillman. Frank White's number 20 was retired by the Kansas City Royals in 1995.
Frank is available for:
- Autograph Sessions