|Outfielder / Catcher|
|Born: December 7, 1849|
Caton, New York
|Died: March 17, 1872 (aged 22)|
Scio, New York
|May 4, 1871, for the Cleveland Forest Citys|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 1871, for the Cleveland Forest Citys|
Willard Elmer White (December 7, 1849 – March 17, 1872) was a Major League Baseball player in 1871 with the Cleveland Forest Citys. He was Forest City's regular right fielder and back-up catcher until he broke his arm running into a fence on June 22. White was the cousin of Deacon White and Will White. He batted .257 in 1871 and finished 5th in the National Association with 6 strikeouts, a high number for that era.
White had the misfortune of becoming the first recorded professional league baseball player to die, succumbing to tuberculosis in Scio, New York at the age of 22, shortly before the beginning of the 1872 season.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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