Sammy White (baseball)
White in 1952
July 7, 1927|
|Died: August 5, 1991
|September 26, 1951, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 23, 1962, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||421|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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 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", a few miles 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. He died in Princeville, Hawaii, at the age of 64.
- All-Star (1953)
- Became the only 20th-century player to score three runs in one inning (against Detroit, on June 18, 1953, when the Red Sox scored a modern major league record 17 runs in one inning)
- Caught Mel Parnell's no-hitter on July 14, 1956 
- In a game against Cleveland, White ruined Bob Feller's no-hitter with a single in the 7th inning. Feller posted a 2–0 shutout, and set a major league record with his 12th one-hitter in that game (May 1, 1955)
- On June 24, 1955, Chicago White Sox shortstop Chico Carrasquel embarrassed White by catching him off second base in the ninth inning with the hidden ball trick. Chicago won the game 3–2.
- "University of Washington Baseball Players Who Made It to a Major League Baseball Team". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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