Posted: Sunday July 28, 2013 4:25 PM

Former catcher Deacon White inducted into Hall

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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.

 
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