A Gold Glove Night In Kansas City

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 9, 2008

KANSAS CITY – Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White will join Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith for “The Art of Defense”on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT at the Gem Theater located on 1615 E. 18th Street in Kansas City, Mo.

The event is the second installment of a three-part series entitled the “Art of Baseball” presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and area Papa John’s restaurants.

The event will feature White and Smith, who have 21 Gold Gloves between them, as well as Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski, who will moderate the discussion. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

White, a five-time All-Star, won the American League Gold Glove Award eight times, including six straight seasons from 1977 to 1982. In 1977 he played 62 consecutive errorless games.

In 1980, White was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, leading the Royals to their first World Series appearance.

Smith, who played for the San Diego Padres from 1978-1981 before finishing his career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1982-1996, won the National League Gold Glove Award a record 13 consecutive seasons.

A 15-time All-Star, Smith accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases over the course of his 19-year career, and also won a Silver Slugger Award in 1987 as the best hitter at shortstop for that season.

Smith was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, his first year of eligibility.

Tickets for “The Art of Defense” are $20 for adults and $10 for students and include an opportunity to win a baseball signed by Smith and White. A special two-for-one coupon is available at area Papa John’s restaurants.

All proceeds from the event benefit the NLBM. The series is sponsored by Papa John’s and is funded in part by the Neighborhood Tourist and Development Fund (NTDF).

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the NLBM at (816) 221-1920.