Cooperstown Chronicles – Deacon White

Oct 12, 2008


Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

The Veterans Committee is going to vote on twenty players for induction into the Hall of Fame.  There are ten players pre-1943 and ten post-1943.  Today I profile Deacon White from that group.

The Numbers
Played 1871-1890 (20 seasons)
1560 Games
6624 At Bats
.312 Batting Average
1140 Runs
2066 Hits
268 Doubles
96 Triples
23 HRs
977 RBI
307 Walks
57 SBs

Eight .300 Seasons (only two with at least 400 At Bats)

Playoffs:  1 World Series Ring, 15 games, 12 for 58 (.207), 8 Runs, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 3 RBI, 2 Walks

Awards

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 8 Times (1875 & 1877 Batting Titles)
On-Base % - 8 Times
Slugging % - 5 Times (Led league in 1877)
OPS - 6 Times (Led league in 1877)
Games – 4 Times (Led league in 1873)
At Bats – 6 Times
Runs – 5 Times
Hits - 10 Times (Led league in 1877)
Total Bases - 6 Times (Led league in 1877)
Doubles – 6 Times
Triples – 4 Times (Led league in 1877)
HRs – 3 Times
RBI - 11 Times (Led league in 1873, 1876 & 1877)
Extra-Base hits - 4 Times (Led league in 1877)
Walks – Once
Stolen Bases – Once
Hit by Pitch - 3 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 28 (63) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 178 (56) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) 
HOF Standards: Batting – 34.9 (195) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 47.0 (388) (Likely HOFer > 100)

His numbers don’t do it for me.  His Black and Gray Ink Yardmarkers put him in though, which intrigues me.  He was clearly one of the best hitters of his era, as evidenced by his top ten rankings in Average, Hits, and RBI.  The fact that we was both an outstanding Catcher early in his career and and above-average 3rd Baseman later in his career helps his merits. When I made my initial call on the 20 players I passed on him based on his stats.  If you look deeper though you find that he truly was one of the best players of his era.  He may not stack up against other generations, but in his time he was Hall of Fame material, which is why I am reserving my right to change my mind.  Deacon White belongs in the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen


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* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Funk
    October 12th, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Lester, I would have thought the same thing with him had I not noticed he played in the 1800s. Batting in those days was like trying to hit ping pong ball. So with that, I think he should get into the HOF, too.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 12th, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    good point David

  3. Anonymous
    October 21st, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    Ron Santo deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

  4. pat hughes
    October 21st, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    Ron Santo deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

  5. LestersLegends
    October 21st, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    agree pat

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    [...] Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee Ballot * [...]

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

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