Former Royals second baseman Frank White is the newest MLB player to be elected to public office
Former Royal Frank White won an election Tuesday
On Tuesday night, former Royals second baseman Frank White added his name to the relatively short list of former MLB players who have been elected to public office. The five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner spent his entire 18-year career with the Royals and will begin serving as a Jackson County, Mo., legislator in January.
White won a four-year term in the 1st district At-large of the Jackson County legislature, more than doubling his opponents' vote total, 90,323 to 44,789.
"I ran mainly because I want to continue to serve my community and serve the people of Jackson County, and be able to do positive things with the time that I've got left in my life," White said. "I feel like I've done everything that I could possibly do -- this is a new challenge for me and I think it's a challenge that I'm up to."
As Sporting News points out, another individual with MLB ties had a successful Election Night -- Cubs owner Tom Ricketts' brother Pete was elected governor of Nebraska.