While the Baseball Writers Association of America pitched a shutout in the Hall of Fame voting this year, one ex-player will be inducted in July.
Deacon White, who died in 1939 at age 91, was elected by the Veteran’s Committee. He batted .312 with a .346 on-base percentage during his career. He led the National Association in hitting during 1875 when he batted .367 and led the National League in hitting for 1877 when he batted .387.
He led his league in RBIs three different seasons, triples once, hits once, slugging percentage once and OPS once. His career lasted 20 years and he played three seasons for the Boston Red Stockings.
He was a third baseman, outfielder and catcher during a time when catchers caught barehanded.
“It is said he was given the name ‘Deacon’ because he really did carry a Bible and embody the qualities that one thinks of in a deacon,” according to Baseball-Reference.com.
Sure you know that Shoeless Joe Jackson and some of his Chicago White Sox teammates were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series for money.
But did you know Jackson batted .375 with a .394 on-base percentage, .563 slugging percentage, .956 OPS, one homer, six RBIs, three doubles, five runs and no errors during the series.