The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is honoring Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame second baseman and current Jackson County executive, Frank White Jr., with a signature hot dog and a bobblehead.
“The Royal Frank” is a jumbo frank, butterflied and grilled on both sides, brushed with Gates original barbecue sauce, mustard, chopped bacon and shredded cheddar cheese, and served on a buttered toasted bun — red onions optional.
White plans to be there when it debuts to the public at the 2016 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival at the museum, 1616. E. 18th St., on Aug. 13. He'll appear from noon to 2 p.m.; the festival will run until 10 p.m. The Royal Frank will sell for $5, but the museum will only have 500 of them during the event. About 5,000 people attended the festival in 2015.
The festival also will feature build-your-own hot dog stations, the museum’s The Monarch hot dog with pulled pork and jalapenos, as well as other ballpark foods, games, sports mascots, live music and admission to the museum.
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Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children ages 4 and under with the purchase of an adult admission.
The Frank White bobblehead is the first in a series of five featuring legendary African-American Kansas City Royals players wearing Kansas City Monarchs uniforms from various eras. The Frank White bobblehead will be sold exclusively at Hy-Vee stores starting Oct. 6, also the 10th anniversary of Buck O’Neil’s death. O’Neil was a first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs.
The bobbleheads will sell for $10 each with a goal to raise $250,000 for the museum in the next five years. Hy-Vee is underwriting the production cost for the bobbleheads.
In a statement, White said: “It is a honor to be selected by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Hy-Vee to be the first player in the KC Baseball Heritage Bobble Head Series and to have a hot dog created for me is unbelievable.”
Monarchs bobbleheads also will be released for Amos Otis, Willie Wilson and John Mayberry.