Will White was a member of the original Cincinnati Reds in the National League and played there for three seasons before Cincinnati was expelled from the NL as their owner refused to stop selling beer. White would sign with the Detroit Wolverines for a year but returned to Cincinnati when they got a team in the American Association in 1881 (Cincinnati Red Stockings). That team evolved into the Reds, and the original Reds are not part of the canon that is recognized by Major League Baseball, which is pretty interesting; well, we think so!
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As one of the first bespectacled player of note, White would promptly lead the AA in Wins in his first two seasons as a Red Stocking, which was also complemented by an ERA Title. White’s arm gave out in 1886, but he left with a nice record of 229-166, and as of this writing, he is in the top twenty all-time in ERA (2.28) and BB/9 (1.260).