Black History Month: Kansas City royalty Frank White


Frank White was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1950.

He went to college and played baseball at Metro Community College - Longview in Lee’s Summit.

In the early 1970s, White was a part of the group of construction workers that helped build Kauffman Stadium.

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White later became one of three successful players to come out of the Royals Academy, which trained future players.

He played second base for the Royals, was a five-time All-Star and an 8-time Golden Glove winner.

In 1980, White was voted the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series and led the Royals to their first World Series appearance.

White retired after 18 major league seasons.

He continued to work in the Royals front office until he ran for office in 2014.

In 2016, he became Jackson County Executive.

A statue honoring White is located in Kauffman Stadium. 


It's Black History Month. Learn about other prominent African-Americans in the Kansas City area:

Black History Month: Father of Kansas City barbeque Henry Perry

Black History Month: The Father of Negro Leagues Baseball Andrew "Rube" Foster

Black History Month: KC civil rights activist & journalist Lucile H. Bluford



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