Deacon White

Position
Third Baseman
Years
1871-1890
Hall Rating
113
Hall of Fame (2013 via Veterans)
Inductee
Hall of Stats
Inductee
Hall of Merit
Inductee
Deacon White Photo
Peak
49%
Longevity
51%

Deacon White’s career began three years before the National Association was formed. He then played twenty Major League seasons. In the 1870s (from age 23 to 31), White hit .345/.358/.437, good for an OPS+ of 151. Despite his dominance, he wasn’t able to pad his career totals. Seasons were short back then and White played in only 525 games (he missed only eight of his team’s games despite being a barehanded catcher).

White accumulated 23.7 WAR in those 533 team-games. If you prorate those 533 games across nine 162-game seasons, suddenly White could have earned 64.8 WAR. Of course, it’s impossible to say he would have accumulated that WAR total across full seasons, but it gives you an idea of White’s relative value.

But White wasn’t done there. In the 1880s he converted to third base and added another 20 WAR and 1221 hits (in 1035 games with a 114 OPS+) to his resume. His career totals include a .312/.346/.393 line, good for an OPS+ of 127. He collected 2067 hits. But remember—his prime is not represented well in those totals (neither the counting stats nor the rate stats). He didn’t play 100 games in a season until he was 36 years old. In fact, he played more games from ages 35 to 42 than he did from age 23 to 34.

White was the first player inducted to the Hall of Fame after the launch of the Hall of Stats.

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Career Statistics

Win-Value Statistics
WAR WAA adjWAR adjWAA
About the stats
45.2 22.0 75.7 25.3
Run-Value Statistics
Bat Run DP Fld Pos Pit
254 -7 0 -19 47 -7
Season-by-Season Statistics
Year Team WAA WAR
1871 CLE (CFC) 0.3 0.8
1872 CLE (CFC) 0.6 0.9
1873 BOS (BNA) 1.8 2.7
1874 BOS (BNA) 0.8 1.9
1875 BOS (BNA) 3.2 4.4
1876 CHC 2.6 3.7
1877 BSN (ATL) 2.4 3.3
1878 CIN (CNR) 1.5 2.4
1879 CIN (CNR) 2.5 3.7
1880 CIN (CNR) 0.0 0.5
1881 BUF 0.0 1.2
1882 BUF -0.1 1.2
1883 BUF -0.3 1.1
1884 BUF 3.3 4.9
1885 BUF 0.6 2.1
1886 DTN 0.8 2.7
1887 DTN 0.6 2.2
1888 DTN 1.5 3.5
1889 PIT -0.4 0.4
1890 BUF (BFB) 0.3 1.6
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