Frank White Stats

Frank White was born on Monday, September 4, 1950, in Greenville, Mississippi. White was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 12, 1973, with the Kansas City Royals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Frank White baseball stats page.

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"Frank White holds a special place in Royals history and with our fans -- evidenced by his statue at Kauffman Stadium, his retired jersey and the many years he was employed by the franchise. Following his retirement as a player, the Royals arranged for him to hold a number of positions with the team. While Frank's role evolved over time based on his own requests as well as the needs of the organization, we were disappointed when he made the decision to leave his position as a community ambassador. We continue to respect what Frank has done for our city and the role he played in Royals history, and he always will be a part of the Royals tradition." - Kansas City Royals Press Release (July 30, 2004)

Frank White

Frank 'Smooth' White Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#44)

Frank 'Smooth' White Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#44)

Birth Name:
Frank White
Nickname:
Smooth
Born On:
09-04-1950  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Greenville, Mississippi
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Lincoln Academy (Kansas City, MO)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
06-12-1973 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-30-1990
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

Frank White

Frank White Pitching Stats

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Frank White

Frank White Hitting Stats

1973 23 Royals 51 139 20 31 6 1 0 0 5 8 0 23 2 2 0 1 .223 .262 .281
1974 24 Royals 99 204 19 45 6 3 1 0 18 5 0 33 5 0 0 4 .221 .239 .294
1975 25 Royals 111 304 43 76 10 2 7 1 36 20 0 39 2 2 1 4 .250 .297 .365
1976 26 Royals 152 446 39 102 17 6 2 0 46 19 0 42 18 3 3 4 .229 .263 .307
1977 27 Royals 152 474 59 116 21 5 5 0 50 25 0 67 11 2 2 4 .245 .284 .342
1978 28 Royals 143 461 66 127 24 6 7 0 50 26 1 59 9 2 3 2 .275 .317 .399
1979 29 Royals 127 467 73 124 26 4 10 0 48 25 3 54 3 7 1 11 .266 .300 .403
1980 30 Royals 154 560 70 148 23 4 7 0 60 19 0 69 9 4 2 11 .264 .289 .357
1981 31 Royals 94 364 35 91 17 1 9 1 38 19 0 50 4 3 0 10 .250 .285 .376
1982 32 Royals 145 524 71 156 45 6 11 0 56 16 1 65 7 5 2 12 .298 .318 .469
1983 33 Royals 146 549 52 143 35 6 11 0 77 20 4 51 4 6 0 18 .260 .283 .406
1984 34 Royals 129 479 58 130 22 5 17 1 56 27 3 72 4 3 2 11 .271 .311 .445
1985 35 Royals 149 563 62 140 25 1 22 1 69 28 2 86 5 3 1 8 .249 .284 .414
1986 36 Royals 151 566 76 154 37 3 22 1 84 43 5 88 2 7 2 10 .272 .322 .465
1987 37 Royals 154 563 67 138 32 2 17 1 78 51 5 86 4 4 2 16 .245 .308 .400
1988 38 Royals 150 537 48 126 25 1 8 0 58 21 3 67 7 6 4 16 .235 .266 .330
1989 39 Royals 135 418 34 107 22 1 2 0 36 30 0 52 5 3 2 7 .256 .307 .328
1990 40 Royals 82 241 20 52 14 1 2 0 21 10 0 32 0 3 3 7 .216 .253 .307
18 Years 2,324 7,859 912 2,006 407 58 160 6 886 412 27 1,035 101 65 30 156 .255 .293 .383

Frank White

Frank White Fielding Stats

1973 Royals 2B 11 10 285 62 5.6 59 19 40 3 12 n/a n/a n/a .952 5.59
1973 Royals SS 37 23 636 142 3.8 133 52 81 9 24 n/a n/a n/a .937 5.65
1974 Royals 2B 50 25 759 157 3.1 151 67 84 6 23 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.37
1974 Royals 3B 16 10 291 41 2.6 39 15 24 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .951 3.62
1974 Royals SS 29 17 516 122 4.2 118 37 81 4 16 n/a n/a n/a .967 6.17
1975 Royals 2B 68 57 1,511 313 4.6 308 126 182 5 35 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.50
1975 Royals 3B 4 2 66 8 2.0 8 1 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.27
1975 Royals SS 42 26 759 148 3.5 141 55 86 7 20 n/a n/a n/a .953 5.02
1976 Royals 2B 130 122 3,075 665 5.1 647 256 391 18 76 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.68
1976 Royals SS 37 20 639 138 3.7 133 41 92 5 14 n/a n/a n/a .964 5.62
1977 Royals 2B 152 145 24,378 752 4.9 744 310 434 8 86 n/a n/a n/a .989 0.82
1977 Royals SS 4 1 30 3 0.8 3 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
1978 Royals 2B 140 138 3,582 726 5.2 710 325 385 16 96 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.35
1979 Royals 2B 125 124 3,228 661 5.3 649 317 332 12 78 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.43
1980 Royals 2B 153 145 3,855 853 5.6 843 395 448 10 103 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.90
1981 Royals 2B 93 93 2,472 495 5.3 489 226 263 6 70 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.34
1982 Royals 2B 144 143 3,648 767 5.3 750 361 389 17 99 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.55
1983 Royals 2B 145 142 3,723 840 5.8 832 390 442 8 123 n/a n/a n/a .990 6.03
1984 Royals 2B 129 126 3,324 735 5.7 724 299 425 11 97 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.88
1985 Royals 2B 149 147 3,918 849 5.7 832 342 490 17 101 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.73
1986 Royals 2B 151 144 3,795 765 5.1 755 316 439 10 91 n/a n/a n/a .987 5.37
1986 Royals 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1986 Royals SS 1 0 6 3 3.0 3 1 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.50
1987 Royals 2B 152 150 3,831 788 5.2 778 320 458 10 89 n/a n/a n/a .987 5.48
1988 Royals 2B 148 139 3,558 723 4.9 719 293 426 4 88 n/a n/a n/a .994 5.46
1989 Royals 2B 132 126 3,171 655 5.0 645 238 407 10 64 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.49
1989 Royals CF 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1990 Royals 2B 79 75 1,881 368 4.7 360 142 218 8 51 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.17
1990 Royals RF 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2B Totals 2,151 2,051 73,994 11,174 5.2 10,995 4,742 6,253 179 1,382 n/a n/a n/a .984 4.01
SS Totals 150 87 2,586 556 3.7 531 186 345 25 75 n/a n/a n/a .955 5.54
3B Totals 21 12 360 49 2.3 47 16 31 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .959 3.53
RF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
CF Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
18 Years 2,324 2,150 76,940 11,779 5.1 11,573 4,944 6,629 206 1,459 n/a n/a n/a .983 4.06

Frank White

Frank White Miscellaneous Stats

1973 Royals 3 1 .750 1 8 2 0.0 6.0 27.8 - - -
1974 Royals 3 4 .429 4 14 4 204.0 6.2 11.3 - - -
1975 Royals 11 3 .786 1 7 2 43.4 7.8 8.4 - - -
1976 Royals 20 11 .645 0 1 0 223.0 10.6 9.7 - - -
1977 Royals 23 5 .821 0 1 0 94.8 7.1 9.5 - - -
1978 Royals 13 10 .565 3 0 0 65.9 7.8 9.2 - - -
1979 Royals 28 8 .778 1 0 0 46.7 8.6 9.7 - - -
1980 Royals 19 6 .760 3 3 0 80.0 8.1 9.3 - - -
1981 Royals 4 2 .667 1 0 0 40.4 7.3 9.6 - - -
1982 Royals 10 7 .588 1 0 0 47.6 8.1 9.4 - - -
1983 Royals 13 5 .722 3 0 0 49.9 10.8 7.1 - - -
1984 Royals 5 5 .500 2 0 0 28.2 6.7 8.6 - - -
1985 Royals 10 4 .714 0 1 0 25.6 6.5 8.2 - - -
1986 Royals 4 4 .500 7 0 0 25.7 6.4 6.7 - - -
1987 Royals 1 3 .250 2 0 1 33.1 6.5 7.2 - - -
1988 Royals 7 3 .700 6 1 3 67.1 8.0 9.3 - - -
1989 Royals 3 2 .600 5 2 0 209.0 8.0 11.6 - - -
1990 Royals 1 0 1.000 2 0 0 120.5 7.5 11.5 - - -
18 Years 178 83 .682 42 38 12 49.1 7.6 8.9 - - -

Frank White

Frank White Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1973 Kansas City Royals 19 $15,000.00 - -
1974 Kansas City Royals 20 $16,200.00 - -
1975 Kansas City Royals 20 $26,000.00 - -
1976 Kansas City Royals 20 $35,000.00 - -
1977 Kansas City Royals 20 $50,000.00 - -
1978 Kansas City Royals 20 $67,000.00 Stats -
1979 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined Stats -
1980 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined - Stats
1981 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined Stats -
1982 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined Stats -
1983 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined - -
1984 Kansas City Royals 20 Undetermined - -
1985 Kansas City Royals 20 $545,000.00 - Stats
1986 Kansas City Royals 20 $485,000.00 Stats -
1987 Kansas City Royals 20 $875,000.00 - -
1988 Kansas City Royals 20 $825,000.00 - -
1989 Kansas City Royals 20 $1,000,000.00 - -
1990 Kansas City Royals 20 $1,150,000.00 - -
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On August 30th, 1995, teammates Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell George Brett and Frank White.

Frank White is - as much as George Brett - a Kansas City Royals legend. The 5-time All-Star ( 1978 , 1979 , 1981 , 1982 , 1986 ) won 8 Glove Gloves at Second Base (1977-1982, 1986 & 1987 / only Roberto Alomar [10] and Ryne Sandberg [9] have more) - the most golden gloves by any Royals player in franchise history. Here is one writer's description of his fielding skills:

"White's grace, though, was what people would remember most. That is something extra. There have been many breathtaking defenders who looked plain. Rey Sanchez was like that. He was not beautiful to watch. He simply made every play look routine. The ball stuck to his glove, and he never made dramatic efforts for balls that he knew he could not reach, and his arm was always just good enough to get the runner by a step. He never won a Gold Glove. He didn't look like a virtuoso. He just was one."

"Frank White, though, jumped and leaped and dived. He had this beautiful, light-footed way of moving, like a dancer, and so when the ball was hit his way there was a jolt of anticipation throughout the stadium. He threw from all angles -- overhand, sidearm, underhand, whatever the situation demanded. He contorted his body any number of ways to complete dazzling double plays. No one who saw Frank White play could doubt that they were watching a master. And this was something that would stay with them for the rest of their lives."

Source: Sports Writer Joe Posnanski. Sports on Earth. November 27, 2012. 'Time Moves On'. [ Link ].

Frank White Statue
Frank White Statue | Kansas City Royals | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
In 1986, Frank White led all American League second baseman in batting average winning him the Silver Slugger Award , the first Royals' player to win one at second base. Four years earlier, on August 3, 1982 , White had hit for the cycle, a feat he had accomplished once prior on September 26, 1979 , Frank was the first Royals' player to record two cycles. Not hard to see why the Royals retired White's number #20 on May 2, 1995, inducted him into the Royals' Hall of Fame that same year, and honored him with a bronze statue (seen above) outside Kauffman Stadium in 2004 (alongside George Brett , Dick Howser , Ewing Kauffman and Muriel Kauffman).

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