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292. Frank White

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292. Frank White
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 4, 1950 in Greenville, MS USA
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 12, 1973
  • Final Game: September 30, 1990
  • Gold Glove - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • ALCS MVP - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1981
  • Gold Glove - 1982
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Silver Slugger - 1986
  • Gold Glove - 1987
 
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Frank White played his entire career with the Kansas City Royals (1973-90), and he was generally regarded as one of the best Second Baseman in the American League for most of his playing days.

White first cracked the Royals roster in 1973, and in 1976 he was anointed as Kansas City’s starting Second Baseman.  White dazzled throughout his career with his glove, winning eight Gold Gloves, and he is currently second all-time in Total Zone Runs amongst Second Basemen.  White was not always the most productive hitter, but the five-time All-Star did manage a pair of 20 Home Run Seasons, and had 160 career dingers, though his lifetime On Base Percentage below .300.  Still, this was a man who helped the Royals reach the World Series twice, winning one (1985), and capturing the 1980 ALCS MVP.

White would accumulate 2,006 Hits and is entrenched firmly in the top fifty all-time in Defensive bWAR, and Total Zone Runs.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Played For: Kansas City Royals
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals 1985) 
    All-Star (5) (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 & 1986)
    Silver Slugger (1) (AL) (1986)
    Gold Glove (8) (AL) (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986 & 1987)
    ALCS MVP (1) (AL) (1980)
    Most Assists (1) (AL) (1985)

  • Other Points of Note:

    5 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Extra Base Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    23. Assists: 490
    36. Total Zone Runs: 121
    37. Defensive bWAR: 21.9

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1996: 3.8%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Kansas City Royals

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