White, Sol

King Solomon White
Born: June 12, 1868, Bellaire, Ohio
Died: August 26, 1955, Central Islip, New York
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

Solomon White is one of the early pioneers of black baseball, participating in the game as a player, manager and historian. His distinguished playing career included five seasons with teams in integrated minor leagues, where he compiled a .356 batting average. During the 1890s, White was a member of the top independent black teams, and in 1902, he helped found the powerhouse Philadelphia Giants, a team for which he served as player-manager through the 1909 season. In 1907 he authored Sol White's Official Base Ball Guide, the earliest-known work on the topic, and a critical piece of African-American baseball history.

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