Deacon White

James Laurie White
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2013
Primary team: Buffalo Bisons
Primary position: Catcher

At one time in White’s professional career, he played all nine positions on the field, including two appearances pitching. He primarily played third base and catcher and is considered one of the best barehanded catchers of his time.

White was a standout catcher in a catcher-important era. Catchers did not use any equipment and were positioned much farther back from the pitcher than in modern baseball. Just catching the ball was considered an advantage, but White could catch and throw runners out.

White was 42 during his last season and had been the oldest player in the league for his last four seasons. He was also one of the first ever players to be voted an MVP and earned the honor in 1875 when his Red Stockings went 71-8.

At the end of his career, White had a career batting average of .312, 2,067 hits in just 1,560 games and 988 RBIs. He led his league in batting average twice and RBI three times.

White is the oldest player elected to the Hall of Fame – having a birthday that predates any other player enshrined in Cooperstown.

"What was most admired about him was his quiet and effective way of doing his work. Kicking [complaining] is unknown to him. And let us say there is one thing in White stands pre-eminent, and that is in the integrity of his character. Not even a whisper of suspicion has ever been heard about Jim White. Herein lay as much of his value to his team as his great skill as a catcher. "
Henry Chadwick

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 2013
Primary Team: Buffalo Bisons
Position Played: Catcher
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Birth place: Canton, New York
Birth year: 1847
Died: 1939, Canton, New York
Played for:
Cleveland Spiders (1871-1872)
Boston Red Stockings (1873-1875)
Boston Red Stockings (1875)
Chicago White Stockings (1876)
Cincinnati Red Stockings (1878-1880)
Buffalo Bisons (1881-1885)
Detroit Wolverines (1886-1888)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1889)
Buffalo Bisons (1890)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
1560
At BatsAB
6624
RunsR
1140
HitsH
2067
Doubles2B
270
Triples3B
98
Home RunsHR
24
RBIRBI
988
Stolen BasesSB
70
WalksBB
308
Batting AverageBA
.312
OPSOPS
.740
On Base %OBP
.346
Slugging %SLG
.393