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New HOFer White played for Bisons in 1800s

Here's one that slipped by ye olde blog this week but has just been passed on by the Bisons: New Hall of Fame electee James "Deacon" White played six seasons for the Herd in the 1800s!

(Here is a case where we all really miss Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Famer Joe Overfield, the longtime Bisons historian who passed away in 2000. My phone would have been ringing a few minutes after Monday's announcement).

HallAccording to the Herd, White (1847-1939) batted .293 while playing 595 games in parts of six seasons with the team. From 1881-1885, he played with Buffalo as part of the National League and then again in 1890 when the Bisons were members of the players-run "Players League."

His full stats are here, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. White played for eight teams from 1871-1890 and his time in Buffalo was actually his longest stint.

White was chosen by the Pre-Integration Committee (the old Veterans Committee) along with former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and ex-umpire Hank O'Day. They will be inducted July 28 in Cooperstown along with winners of the BBWAA election to be announced Jan. 9.

White makes 20 former Bisons in Cooperstown. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the list, which includes modern-era names like Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning and Johnny Bench.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 
(White photo from Baseballhall.org) 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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