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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the November ballot. Democrats are typically prohibitive favorites for the seat. That will certainly be the case for White who is one of the most widely known names in the Kansas City area.

White is an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He’s been in the broadcast booth for the Royals and had an administrative role, but had a parting of the ways after being passed over once again for manager. He’s also been affiliated with the T-Bones.

Smith is a longtime leader for the firefighters union. He had entered the race months before White’s surprising announcement.

Smith has racked up significant endorsements including U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. He looked tired, but remained upbeat and positive when KCTV5’s Betsy Webster talked about poll numbers, saying he ran a good campaign with limited resources.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4765846)
Sherwood Smith and Weldon Woodward? Are these major party candidates or characters in Archie comics?
   2. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:55 PM (#4765848)
Hated the Archie comics. The red-headed guy with freckles gets all the girls over his dark-haired brethren. Unrealistic to the point of mockery...
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4765866)
I thought Moose got all the action.
   4. Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4765868)
How exactly did Jughead keep that crown on his head, no matter what the activity? Did he take it into the shower too?
   5. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4765869)
Didn't Sherwood Smith produce The Brady Bunch?
   6. The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4765873)
Hated the Archie comics. The red-headed guy with freckles gets all the girls over his dark-haired brethren. Unrealistic to the point of mockery...
You're in luck!
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4765878)
How exactly did Jughead keep that crown on his head, no matter what the activity?


You should ask Jeff Goldblum.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: August 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4765879)
Hated the Archie comics. The red-headed guy with freckles gets all the girls over his dark-haired brethren. Unrealistic to the point of mockery...


The real issue is that the red headed guy was the good guy, and the dark haired guy was the a-hole, and yet somehow the good guy actually got the girls. That is mockery worthy.
   9. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: August 06, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4765919)
Did he take it into the shower too?


Ask Bill James.
   10. Bruce Markusen Posted: August 06, 2014 at 06:26 PM (#4765921)
Each spring, we used to interview players, coaches, and managers for the Hall of Fame archive. Frank White was without a doubt the best interview we were able to get; he was personable, funny, a great storyteller, and just a joy to talk to.

He was working with the Red Sox as a spring training instructor at the time, so it was a little weird seeing him in a Boston uniform, but that interview made all of us fans of Frank White. I really hoped he would get a chance to become a major league manager, but perhaps politics is a natural forum for him.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4765974)
Frank White was a first base coach for a season or two in Boston, putting him in the "guys who look weird in that uniform as a coach" HOF with Ted Williams (Senators), Alan Trammell (Cubs, Diamondbacks) and Robin Yount (Diamondbacks).
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4765989)
How exactly did Jughead keep that crown on his head, no matter what the activity? Did he take it into the shower too?

And what the hell was that "S" all about?

But on the Curious Headwear front, Jughead takes a back seat to Beetle Bailey and Curtis.
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4766005)
As long as we're analyzing Archie and the gang, here's a link to "Goodman Goes Playboy," one of Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder's best post-MAD collaborations.

This story first appeared in a 1962 issue of "Help!" Magazine, and then in a paperback collection. It also provoked a lawsuit from Archie Comics. Kurtzman wanted to fight the suit, but his publisher didn't want to endure the cost of litigation. Ultimately Kurtzman had to hand over the copyright to Archie's publisher, and agree never to reprint the story again anywhere. Decades later, the copyright renewal came due, but Archie's publishers had long since forgotten it and failed to renew, so the rights lapsed. Now, anyone can publish it anywhere.
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4766019)
Geez, if you're going to mention Archie and ancient lampoon magazines, how could you leave out Starchie? That's one of MAD's all-time highlights.
   15. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4766033)
And then there's this.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4766067)
Not bad.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4766089)
In the fine tradition of Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, Weldon Woodward will be president someday.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:19 AM (#4766127)
Frank White was a first base coach for a season or two in Boston, putting him in the "guys who look weird in that uniform as a coach" HOF with Ted Williams (Senators), Alan Trammell (Cubs, Diamondbacks) and Robin Yount (Diamondbacks).


Or Bob Gibson...
   19. bookbook Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4766297)
Are baseball players even allowed to be Democrats? It's pretty rare.
   20. Elvis Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4766450)
Or this guy
http://90feetofperfection.com/2012/07/14/joe-dimaggio/
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4766462)

Don Mattingly with the Dodgers
Bill Russell with the Rays
Ryne Sandberg with the Phillies, although he did wear the jersey before
   22. Meatwad Posted: August 07, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4766475)
Sandberg can keep the phillies jersey on. Dont need him in chicago.

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