The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announced that former Kansas City Royals infielder Frank White is the recipient of 2010 Jackie Robinson Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement. White will be honored at a Special Edition of the NLBM Legacy Awards on April 15, 2011, Century Ballrooms A & B at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. This special luncheon event will begin at 11:00 am on Jackie Robinson Day, the annual commemoration by Major League Baseball to mark the anniversary of Robinson’s historic debut as the first African American in the modern era to play Major League Baseball.
“Frank White is an accomplished and beloved baseball player, announcer, and local treasure,” states NLBM interim President Dr. Raymond Doswell. “It is fitting that we honor him in this way. He has also been a great supporter of the museum. Notably, he has helped present and promote the Legacy Awards program. It is time that he got a Legacy Award of his own.”
White, a native of Kansas City, is one of only three people to have his number (#20) retired by the Kansas City Royals. He is second only to George Brett in games played, at bats, and hits in 17 years with the Kansas City Royals (1973-1990). White also earned a remarkable eight (8) Rawlings Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence and was named to the American League All Star team five (5) times in his career as second baseman. He was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 1995 and is immortalized with a bronzed monument outside of Kauffman Stadium. White currently works as a broadcast analyst for Fox Sports on Kansas City Royals coverage.