Royals White House Celebration

Royals At The White House

It’s an American sports tradition: Win the championship… Meet the President…

The Kansas City Royals have now done it twice, and Frank White, Jr. has been there for both of the Royals’ official presidential visits. Today, the Jackson County Executive joined what Barack Obama called “quite a few Royal fans in the house” as the President welcomed the 2015 Worlds Series champions into The White House. Thirty years ago, White was, of course, the Royals star second baseman and stood directly behind President Ronald Reagan when “The Gipper” honored the 1985 World Series champs.

White coached many of the 2015 Royals in the club’s farm system and was proud to see the promise they show in the minors fulfilled with a championship run in the Majors.

"It is a great feeling to witness players that I managed and coached win the World Series and be celebrated by the president of the United States,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Jackson County each and every day, but I must admit, this is truly special. 

“Go Royals! Go Jackson County!”

Connecting To The Next Generation Of KC Baseball Stars

Calling the Royals’ “possibly the best contact team ever” — known for “keeping the line moving” by rarely striking out, their daring base running, spectacular defense, fantastic bullpen and a never-die determination on full display in eight playoff comeback wins the last two years — President Obama said, “You can see why Royal fans love this team so much, and I mean love this team.”

Obama noted that the new Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy currently under construction represents the positive impact professional sports can have a community. In addition to teaching kids 6-18 how to play baseball and softball, the academy will provide learning opportunities about advanced statistics, broadcasting, sports writing and finances, as well as other educational and vocational programs — all for free.

“What’s great is the academy is being built right next to the Negro Leagues [Baseball] Museum,” Obama said, “so you can see the link between Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige to Frank White and George Brett to Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon and the next generation of Kansas City baseball stars.

“And you can see that continuity and see how central this game is to America. So, I want to thank this group for not only writing the current chapter, but hopefully the next chapter about our national pastime — the great game of baseball.”

Coming Back Soon — Hopefully

The Royals — as is tradition — presented the President a championship jersey, with the team’s name in gold lettering to commemorate “taking back the crown.”

Royals owner David Glass thanked President Obama and said the team anticipated being back to celebrate another championship soon.
Frank White with Emanuel Cleaver and Sly James
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James were among the "quite a few Royal fans in the house" as President Obama honored the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

Frank White President Reagan
Frank White, Jr. flashed a winning smile as he and his Royals teammates celebrated their 1985 World Series championship with President Reagan.