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Frank White

(Photo by Chris Murphy ©)

Subject(s): Frank White
Sport: Baseball

Location: Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO (From 2004-2009 sited outside the stadium, moved inside in 2009)
Unveiled: 31/7/2004
Sculptor: Harry Weber
Material: Bronze
Status: In Situ

Inscribed on plinth, side 1: #20. Frank White, Jr. ROYALS HALL OF FAME - SECOND BASE 1973-1990. Always the consummate professional, Frank White was one of the greatest players to wear a Royals uniform. White’s name was synonymous with a graceful style of play which made him a five-time American League All-Star. He spent his entire career in Kansas City, helping lead the Royals into postseason play seven times, and was named the 1980 American League Championship Series MVP. In 1985, he batted clean-up and led all players with six RBI during the Royals showdown with St. Louis for Kansas City’s first World Series Title. Ten years later he was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame, and his signature #20 was retired.

Inscribed on plinth, side 2: At the conclusion of Frank White's career, he ranked in the Kansas City Royals top 10 in virtually every career offensive category and was fifth in Major League history in games played at second base. [Table of career statistics].

Inscribed on plinth, side 3: The Native Son. Frank White, Jr. KANSAS CITY'S OWN. Kansas City’s native son, Frank White attended Lincoln High School in the shadow of venerable Municipal Stadium. During his youth, he developed his baseball talent playing in the Connie Mack, Ban Johnson and Casey Stengel youth leagues. In 1970, at age 19, he was selected at a local tryout camp for the inaugural class of the Royals Baseball Academy. Frank would become the Academy’s first graduate to reach the Major Leagues in 1973. "I would not be in baseball if it had not been for the Academy." – Frank White. Dedicated July 31, 2004.

Inscribed on plinth, side 4: Good as Gold. Frank White, Jr. EIGHT CAREER GOLD GLOVES. For 18 seasons, baseball fans were able to watch one of the best fielding second basemen in the history of the game play for the Kansas City Royals. During his career Frank White earned eight Gold Gloves, which tied the then Major League Baseball record for second basemen. He won the award from 1977-1982 and then again in 1986 and 1987. Known as "Smooth" for his seemingly effortless fielding prowess, his accomplishments and character both on and off the field made him a Kansas City favorite for all-time.

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(Photo by Chris Murphy ©)

(Photo by Chris Murphy ©)

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