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Where Was Frank?

Clarke Sanders - April 5, 2016 12:06 pm


I was one of the 40,000 plus throng that crammed into the K for the Royals opening night.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance prior to the game.  The Royals played well.  It got tense at the end and the Royals won.  All in all, it was a very fun evening.


Where was Frank?

One of the things the Royals did prior to the game was introduce several Royal Alumni.  They came out and lined the infield from first to third.  Dennis Leonard was there.  So was Freddy Patek, Big John Mayberry, John “Duke” Wathan, Mike Sweeney, Joe Randa, Greg Pryor, many others and, of course, George Brett.  However, more than conspicuous by his absence was Frank White.

Every team has retired Jackie Robinson’s number 42.  Along with that number displayed on the wall visible to the fans in the stands of the Royals Hall of Fame are the numbers 5, 10 and 20.  5 was George Brett’s number.  10 was worn by the Royals late manager Dick Howser who led the Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985.  20 belonged to eight time Gold Glove winner Frank White.  Yet on this night of celebration for Royals past and present, Frank was only present in bronze.  You know, bronze—-as in that statue of him in the outfield plaza.

I know there has been some sort of falling out between Frank and the team.  I may have even heard the details once, but if I did, I don’t remember.  All I know is that Frank White was a big, big part of our team for a long time.

Whatever the problems are—-get them worked out!!!  It’s bad enough as it is that Frank wasn’t a part of this celebration.  Should we repeat and there is a similar celebration next year, it would be totally ridiculous if Frank White isn’t there.


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