Jerry White (baseball)

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Jerry White
Jerry White 2009.jpg
White as Twins first base coach in 2009
Born: (1952-08-23) August 23, 1952 (age 64)
Shirley, Massachusetts
Batted: Both Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 16, 1974, for the Montreal Expos
NPB: 1984, for the Seibu Lions
Last appearance
NPB: 1985, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
MLB: June 9, 1986, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .253
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 109
NPB statistics
Batting average .251
Home runs 37
Runs batted in 113

Jerome Cardell White (born August 23, 1952) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and coach. Listed at 5' 10", 164 lb., White was a switch hitter and threw right handed. He was born in Shirley, Massachusetts.

White spent 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), including stints with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals.[1] Besides, White played two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) with the Seibu Lions and Yokohama Taiyo Whales.[2] He later worked as the first base coach of the Minnesota Twins in a span of 15 seasons from 1995–2012.[3]

Professional career[edit]


White was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 14th round of the 1970 MLB Draft out of San Francisco's Washington High School. He made his major league debut on September 16, 1974 at Montreal's Jarry Park, in a 3–2 Expos' loss to the New York Mets. His first full major league season came in 1976, as he hit .245 in 114 games with the Expos. On June 23, 1978, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on June 9, 1978, in which the Expos acquired pitcher Woodie Fryman as the player to be named later.[1]

White spent only 59 games in a Cubs' uniform. In late 1978, he was traded back to the Expos along with second baseman Rodney Scott in exchange for outfielder Sam Mejías.[1]

In December 1985, White signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made his final major league appearance on June 9, 1986, ironically against the Montreal Expos, the team he spent the majority of his professional career with. He retired with a career .253 batting average and 303 hits over an eleven season major league career.[1]

Winter Leagues[edit]

In between, White played winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes and Águilas del Zulia clubs of the Venezuelan League in the 1978-79 and 1983-84 seasons, respectively.[4] A career highlight came in the 1979 Caribbean Series with the Venezuelan champion Magallanes, when White was the only player in the tournament with at least one hit in each game, leading the hitters with a .522 BA, 12 hits and a .607 OBP, including five runs, four RBI, a .783 SLG and 1.370 OPS.[5]


Following his playing career, White was hired as the first base coach of the Minnesota Twins in 1998. In October 2012, after two consecutive seasons of 90+ losses, the Twins' front office decided to shake things up by releasing or reassigning six of seven coaches, including White.[3]


In February 2006, White was enshrined into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame along with Dave Concepción (Venezuela), Pedro Formental (Cuba) and Celerino Sánchez (México), for their notable contributions to the Caribbean Series. During the ceremony, also were honored Chico Carrasquel and Emilio Cueche (both from Venezuela).[6]


White has two sons, Justin and Jerome, and a daughter, Noell.


  1. ^ a b c d Baseball Reference – Statistics and History
  2. ^ Baseball Reference – Minor and Japanese leagues statistics
  3. ^ a b Twins Fire First Base Coach Jerry White. Retrieved on August 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Pura Pelota – Venezuelan Professional Baseball League statistics
  5. ^ Nuñez, José Antero (1994). Serie del Caribe de la Habana a Puerto La Cruz. JAN Editor. ISBN 980-07-2389-7
  6. ^ Exaltarán deportistas en Serie del Caribe en Venezuela (Spanish). Retrieved on August 4, 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wayne Terwilliger
Minnesota Twins first base coach
Succeeded by
Ron Gardenhire
Preceded by
Ron Gardenhire
Minnesota Twins first base coach
Succeeded by
Scott Ullger

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