Posted: Sunday July 28, 2013 4:25 PM

Former catcher Deacon White inducted into Hall

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - James "Deacon'' White has been inducted posthumously into the baseball Hall of Fame.

Jerry Watkins, a great grandson of White, accepted the award Sunday on behalf of the family.

White, a barehanded catcher, was one of major league baseball's earliest stars and was the first batter in the first professional game in May 1871.

An outstanding hitter, White was regarded as the best catcher in baseball before switching to third base late in his nearly 20-year career. A deeply religious man, he earned the nickname "Deacon.''

White played for six teams and had a .312 batting average. He accumulated 2,067 hits, 270 doubles, 98 triples, 24 home runs and 988 RBIs before retiring in 1890. He died in 1939.
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Golden State Warriors Bryce Harper Paul Pierce Masai Ujiri
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint