White, Deacon

James Laurie White
Born: December 7, 1847, Caton, New York
Died: July 7, 1939, Aurora, Illinois
Played For: 
Cleveland, N.A. (1871-72), Boston, N.A. (1873-75), Chicago, N.L. (1876), Boston, N.L. (1877), Cincinnati, N.L. (1878-80), Buffalo, N.L. (1881-85), Detroit, N.L. (1886-88), Pittsburgh, N.L. (1889), Buffalo, P.L. (1890)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2013

James Laurie “Deacon” White forged a storied career dating back to major league baseball’s infancy in the 1870s, earning his nickname with a reputation for upstanding character and integrity. One of the early game’s top hitters, White totaled 2,067 hits in only 1,560 games, won two batting championships and ended his career with a .312 batting average. Regarded as the best catcher in the bare-handed era, White made a successful, mid-career switch to third base. In two decades of action with nine franchises, White contributed to six championship teams. 

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Induction Speech (Jerry Watkins)


Did You Know: 
…that Deacon White doubled in the major league’s first at-bat, May 4, 1871, collecting both the first big league base hit and first extra-base hit?