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266. Will White

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266. Will White
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 11, 1854 in Caton, NY USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 20, 1877
  • Final Game: July 05, 1886

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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).

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Caton, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Red Stockings, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Wolverines
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (AA) (1882)
    Lowest ERA (1) (AA) (1883)
    Most Wins (2) (AA) (1882 & 1883)
    Most Games Pitched (1) (NL) (1879)
    Most Innings Pitched (2) (NL) (1879) (AL) (1882)
    Most Games Started (1) (NL) (1879)
    Most Complete Games (2) (NL) (1879) (AA) (1882)
    Most Shutouts (3) (AA) (1882, 1883 & 1884)

  • Other Points of Note:

    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Games Pitched)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    16. ERA: 2.09
    17. BB/9: 1.260
    17. Complete Games: 394
    33. WHIP: 1.111
    63. Shutouts: 36
    66. Wins: 229
    69. Innings Pitched: 3,542.7

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A.
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red Stocking

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