Will White

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Will White
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Born: (1854-10-11)October 11, 1854
Caton, New York
Died: August 31, 1911(1911-08-31) (aged 56)
Port Carling, Ontario
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 1877 for the Boston Red Caps
Last MLB appearance
July 5, 1886 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings
Career statistics
Win–loss record 229-166
Earned run average 2.28
Strikeouts 1,041
Complete games 394
Career highlights and awards
  • American Association pennant (1882)
  • American Association wins champion (1882, 1883)
  • American Association earned run average champion (1883)

William Henry "Whoop-La" White (October 11, 1854 – August 31, 1911) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher.

White made his debut on July 20, 1877, with the Boston Red Caps at the age of 23. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1878-1880, the Detroit Wolverines 1881 and the Cincinnati Red Stockings 1882-1888. In the American Association's first year in 1882, he led the league with 40 wins, 52 complete games, and 480 innings pitched. In 1883, he led the league with 43 wins and a 2.09 ERA.[1]

The brother of catcher and third baseman Deacon White as well as the cousin of outfielder Elmer White, Will White pitched with his right hand, but he was also a switch hitter. He was the first major league player to wear eyeglasses on the field. He was born in Caton, New York. He died in Port Carling, Ontario, Canada.

Major league records[edit]

  • Most complete games in a single season, 75 in 1879.
  • Most games started in a single season, for a pitcher, with Pud Galvin, each with 75.
  • Most innings pitched in a season with 680 in 1879 at the age of 24 with the Cincinnati Reds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2001 Official Major League Baseball Fact Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News. 2001. p. 276. 0-89204-646-5. 

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