PRO BASEBALL PLAYER
“Today, everybody gets along because so many have the same agent.
Everybody goes out to dinner with friends on the other team
so players don’t hate each other as much as players used to.”
Frank White is one of the greatest second basemen to ever play Major League Baseball. The Kansas City native won numerous awards, including Gold Gloves, Player of the Year honors, and even playing on the All-Star Team. He was not only a great individual player, but he also helped his hometown team win the famous I-70 series against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
THE EARLY YEARS
Frank White, Jr., was born on September 4, 1950, in Greenville, Mississippi. He grew up in Kansas City playing baseball at a high school that was practically in the shadow of Municipal Stadium. The athletic six-foot baseball star graduated from Lincoln High School in 1968 before heading off to college.
RISE TO FAME
White attended Longview Community College before accepting an invitation to a revolutionary type of baseball school developed by the Kansas City Royals. The Royals Academy was the brainchild of fellow Missourian and owner of the Royals, Ewing Kauffman. It was a school to teach good players how to be better, and White was one of the first to prove the program a success.
SHOW ME SUCCESS
White joined the Kansas City Royals in 1973 at the age of twenty-two. He stayed with the team for his entire career until he retired in 1990, which is very rare for players of today. White became a dominating force only four years after he joined the club. In 1977, he won his first Gold Gloves Award, the first of six in a row. During that time, he also led the Royals to the American League Championship Series in 1980, when he was also named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The Royals lost the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and had to wait five more years before making it back to the championship. The Royals made it again in 1985, where they played the St. Louis Cardinals in one of the most heated rivalries in series history. The Royals won the I-70 series in seven games. White played in every game of the postseason for the team, and even hit a big home run in Game 3.
He retired in 1990 after playing in eighteen seasons and more than 2,300 games for Kansas City. In an era when few players stay with a team more than five years, many of White’s accomplishments will stand the test of time.
*The Casey Stengel League in Kansas City was renamed the Frank White League in 1985.
*He played in four All-Star Games and won eight Gold Glove Awards (which tied a major league record).
*White was named Royals Player of the Year twice (1983 and 1986).
*In 1977, White played 62 consecutive games without an error.