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Coaches

Frank White

First Base Coach

Frank White is one of the most recognizable names in Kansas City sports lore. White serves as First Base Coach/Infield Coach and returns to T-Bones Stadium for his eighth season with the organization. White had a legendary playing career with the Kansas City Royals and was one of the most decorated second basemen in baseball history during his 18-year career from 1973-1990.  He won a then-record eight Gold Glove awards and was a five-time All-Star selection for Kansas City and was selected as the ALCS MVP in 1980, helping the Royals reach their first ever World Series appearance. White batted cleanup in the 1985 World Series, becoming the first second baseman since Jackie Robinson to have that distinction. His number 20 was retired by the Royals as he was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995 and a statue was erected in his honor in 2004 at Kaufman Stadium. ·        

When his playing days were over White began coaching career in the Red Sox organization as a manager of the Gulf Coast rookie league team in 1992, and then spent three seasons as the Red Sox first base coach. He then spent 1997-2001 at the first base coach for the Royals then shifted to the minors where he managed the Royals’ AA affiliate in Wichita from 2004-2006.        

White spent 2008-2011 as a part of the Royals television broadcast team and came across town to the join the T-Bones as first base coach before the 2012 season. White is also active in the community serving as county executive by the Jackson County Legislature.

One of the annual season highlights is the Frank White Kids Baseball Clinic at T-Bones Stadium every summer. Frank can also be seen on many nights sharing a smile and a laugh with fans of all ages. White always the ambassador of the game of baseball and for our area. The T-Bones are proud to call him part of our family.

 

Career Highlights:

Was one of the most decorated second basemen in baseball history during his 18-year career with the Kansas City Royals, 1973-1990

Won a then-record eight Gold Glove awards, and was a five-time All-Star selection

Selected as the ALCS MVP in 1980, helping the Royals reach their first ever World Series appearance

Batted cleanup in the 1985 World Series, becoming the first second baseman since Jackie Robinson to have that distinction

His number 20 was retired by the Royals as he was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995 and a statue was erected in his honor in 2004

Teamed with George Brett to set a then major-league record jointly, 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 1977, he played 62 consecutive errorless games

In the 1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his solo home run in the seventh off Mike Scott was the deciding run in a 3–2 American League victory

White retired as a player in 1990, after 18 seasons with Kansas City, having played 2324 regular season games with a .255 average, 160 home runs and 886 RBIs