White was signed by the Royals from a tryout camp and was one of the few successful products of the baseball school the club operated in the early 1970s. By 1989, White and George Brett had been Royals for 17 seasons, longer than anyone else in the franchise’s history. In 1977 White played 62 consecutive games without an error. He collected eight Gold Gloves and is the only second baseman in AL history to win six straight. Three times he led the league in fielding percentage and in 1988 he made only four errors in 150 games.
White also was productive with the bat and on the basepaths. Generally, a singles hitter whose speed converted a fair number to doubles, he muscled up late in his career to belt 22 home runs in back-to-back seasons. In 1986 TSN awarded him a Silver Bat.