Sammy White (baseball)

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Sammy White
Samuel Charles White.jpg
White in 1952
Catcher
Born: (1927-07-07)July 7, 1927
Wenatchee, Washington
Died: August 5, 1991(1991-08-05) (aged 64)
Princeville, Hawaii
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 1951 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 23, 1962 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .262
Home runs 66
Runs batted in 421
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • American League All-Star, 1953

Sammy Charles White (July 7, 1927 – August 5, 1991) was a Major League Baseball catcher and right-handed batter who played with the Boston Red Sox (1951–59), Milwaukee Braves (1961) and Philadelphia Phillies (1962).

White was born in Wenatchee, Washington. He was a solid defensive catcher, with a good arm and the ability to get the most out of a Boston pitching staff teams that include Mel Parnell, Ellis Kinder, Bill Monbouquette, Mike Fornieles and Frank Sullivan.

An All-Star in 1953, White enjoyed his best season with the bat in 1954, hitting .282 with 14 home runs and 75 runs batted in.

After nine productive years in Boston, White was traded to the Cleveland Indians just before the outset of the 1960 season. But White balked at the trade (even though Cleveland was a pennant contender and the Red Sox were an also-ran at the time) and retired, sitting out the season. Granted his release, he played for the Braves in 1961, and finished his career with Philadelphia one year later, playing for a former Bosox teammate, skipper Gene Mauch. In eleven seasons, he was a career .262 hitter with 66 homers and 421 RBI in 1043 games.

A college baseball player[1] and All-American college basketball player at the University of Washington, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in 1949. After the 1949 minor league season ended, the Minneapolis Lakers asked White to join their National Basketball Association team. But the Red Sox, who had acquired White's contract during 1949, were furious and prevented White from doing that. Later, during his career with the Red Sox, White opened a bowling alley, "Sammy White's Brighton Bowl," not far from Fenway Park, and became a professional bowler. Then, after baseball, White moved to Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, where he became a professional golfer for the "Princeville" organization.

White died in Princeville, Hawaii, at the age of 64.

Highlights

  • All-Star (1953)
  • Became the only 20th-century player to score three runs in one inning (against Detroit, June 18, 1953)
  • Caught Mel Parnell's no-hitter on July 14, 1956 [2]

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