Bob Kendrick and Frank White to start Saturday doubleheader race at Kansas Speedway


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In honor of the Kansas City Monarchs winning the championship and the area’s rich baseball heritage, Kansas Speedway is stepping up to the plate.

The speedway announced Thursday that Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick will serve as the Grand Marshal, while Kansas City Royals legend Frank White will be the Honorary Starter for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“Bob Kendrick and Frank White are both key leaders in the robust Kansas City baseball community,” said Pat Warren, president of Kansas Speedway. “It’s an honor to have them join with our racing community on Saturday to begin our doubleheader in style.”

Kansas Speedway said Kendrick works tirelessly to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.  Through his leadership, the Museum and the Kansas City Monarchs have partnered to carry on the legendary Kansas City Monarchs name in the American Association of Professional Baseball.

White, who coaches first base for the Monarchs, is one of the most beloved players in Kansas City Royals history. The eight-time Gold Glove winner and five-time American League All-Star played 18 seasons for the Royals and was a member of the franchise’s first World Series winner in 1985. Aside from his coaching duties, White is also serves as Jackson County Executive.

White will wave the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, when the NASCAR Xfinity Series begins the doubleheader day of racing action at Kansas Speedway.

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