Bill White

Bill White
Birthdate 01/28/1934
Death Date
Debut Year 1956
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals, Giants, MLB, National League, Phillies
Positions Executive, First Base, League President

After a thirteen-year playing career, Bill White became an Yankee announcer for 18 seasons and later the President of the National League.

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Bill White hit a homer in his first big league at bat with the New York Giants

Bill White hit a homer in his first big league at bat with the New York Giants

Bill White’s first big league season was with the New York Giants. On May 7, 1956 in White’s very first MLB at bat, he knocked a home run. In doing so he became the 30th player to hit a round tripper in his first time in a big league batter’s box. Many other notable players circled the bases their first time up.
After White was traded from the Giants to the Cardinals he found stardom

After White was traded from the Giants to the Cardinals he found stardom

After two years with the Giants – one in New York, one in San Francisco – White was trade to the Cardinals in March of ’59. St. Louis gave up a lot to get White. The Cardinals sent reigning National League strikeout leader Sam Jones and Don Choate in exchange for White and Ray Jabl
After 7 seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals sent him to Philadelphia in 1965

After 7 seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals sent him to Philadelphia in 1965

After 5 All Star selections in 7 seasons in St. Louis, White was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in October, 1965. The Cardinals included former MVP Dick Groat and Bob Uecker in the six-player deal. In return they got Pat Corrales, Alex Johnson, and Art Mahaffey. After leaving the Cardinals afte
White's 13-year playing career included 8 all star games and 7 Gold Glove Awards

White's 13-year playing career included 8 all star games and 7 Gold Glove Awards

Upon arriving in Philadelphia for his age-32 season, White had a solid 1966 season. He hit 22 homers and drove in 103 while earning his seventh consecutive Gold Glove. Though still near the top of his game, White’s production soon fell off drastically. He never again reached double figures in
After his playing career, White moved to the broadcast booth then to the NL presidency

After his playing career, White moved to the broadcast booth then to the NL presidency

After retiring as a player in 1969, White became a sportscaster in Philadelphia. He first called Flyers games as the first African-American to broadcast a NHL game. White left Philadelphia in ’71 to join the Yankees broadcast team. He called games on radio and TV alongside Phil Rizzuto from 19
Many dignitaries congratulated Bill White when he took the NL presidency

Many dignitaries congratulated Bill White when he took the NL presidency

When Bill White assumed the the position of National League President in early 1989, received many congratulatory notes. One of the first people he heard from was former teammate Stan Musial. This letter is signed by White from the dawn of his reign as the senior circuit chief, acknowledges Musial&#

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