Deacon White

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Birthdate 12/2/1847
Death Date 7/7/1939
Debut Year 1871
Year of Induction 2013
Teams Bisons, Reds
Positions Catcher, Third Base

Widely considered the best catcher of the barehanded era, White caught the most games of the 1870s and played on 5 championship teams.

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Deacon White was one of the finest players of the 1880s

Deacon White was one of the finest players of the 1880s

A third baseman and catcher from 1871-1890, Deacon White found his way into the Hall of Fame in 2013, more than 100 years after his retirement. In the collection is a scorecard filled out by Hall of Famer Harry Wright, in which Deacon White plays third base for the Buffalo Bisons. Wright the was th
Deacon White ranked high on the offensive leaderboard

Deacon White ranked high on the offensive leaderboard

Deacon White’s 20-year playing career was among the most prolific of his day. From 1871-1890 only Hall of Famer Cap Anson had more runs batted in. White retired fourth on the all time list in games played, hits, and total bases. As the decades passed, White slipped down the leaderboard and out
White's daughter Grace advocated for his Hall of Fame induction

White's daughter Grace advocated for his Hall of Fame induction

Grace White Watkins, the daughter of Deacon White pushed long and hard for her father’s Hall of Fame induction. In the collection is a letter from Paul Kerr, the eventual president of the Hall of Fame to Watkins about her father’s Hall of Candidacy. Kerr writes in part, “I have you

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