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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., To Declare Aug. 5 “Amos Otis Day”

Frank White, Jr. will honor his former Royals teammate "Famous" Amos Otis. The two played together for multiple playoff contenders, including the 1980 squad that reached the World Series. During that '80 Fall Classic, Otis batted 478 with three home runs.

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 3, 2016) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., will declare on Thursday, Aug. 4 that Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 will be “Amos Otis Day” in Jackson County.

White will present Otis with a proclamation in the large second floor conference room at the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. The proclamation will commemorate Otis’ many career achievements and designate Aug. 5 in his honor.

Otis, a Royals Hall of Fame member, is scheduled to be the featured guest for the Kansas City Royals Legends Night at Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 5.

Amos Otis, nicknamed “A.O.,” was known for his seemingly effortless style of play. He was one of the best center fielders in baseball throughout his tenure with the Royals, winning three Rawlings Gold Gloves for defensive excellence. In 1976 he led the American League with 40 doubles, helping the Royals capture their first division title.

White and Otis played together for the Kansas City Royals for 14 years. White was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995, after 18 seasons on the team. After leaving professional baseball, White has pursued a career in public service. He first served in the Jackson County Legislature in 2015. In January 2016, the Jackson County Legislature selected him to serve as County Executive.

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