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Royals legend Frank White says he’s returning to the field at Kauffman Stadium

Frank White accepted one of his many Gold Glove awards during a ceremony at then-Royals Stadium. This one was for his 1981 season.
Frank White accepted one of his many Gold Glove awards during a ceremony at then-Royals Stadium. This one was for his 1981 season. jsleezer@kcstar.com

This good news is long overdue.

Frank White is returning to Kauffman Stadium. On Sunday, White tweeted this:

Earlier in the season, Major League Baseball announced that it was seeking to recognize the “Franchise Four” for each team. Fans voted and George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Brett Saberhagen and White were the winners.

The other finalists were Hal McRae, Alex Gordon, Amos Otis and Willie Wilson.

After a public falling out with the Royals, White returned for a game last September. That was the first time he’d been to a game at Kauffman Stadium since 2011.

In 2011, White told The Star: “I’m done with the Royals. In all aspects. I’m tired. I’ve worked so hard to build my reputation and prove to them that I was loyal.”

However, White never stepped on the field. That, apparently, will change on Sept. 1, when the Royals play host to the Detroit Tigers.

After retiring from baseball, White served as a minor-league manager in the Royals’ system (he managed Class AA Wichita in 2004 when Alex Gordon was there). White was a Royals broadcaster starting in 2008, when he was passed over for the Royals’ manager job.

White’s contract wasn’t renewed after the 2011 season.

White said in his biography, “One Man’s Dream, My Town, My Team, My Time,” that he resigned from a community relations job with the Royals because he was asked to take a pay cut without reducing his duties.

“The Royals broke my heart,” White wrote. “They made me feel like I never mattered.”

Sam Mellinger did his usual wonderful job when he recounted the broken relationship between the Royals and White.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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