The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at Deacon White, and why he should be placed in the Hall of Fame.
Despite his rather rough start with Pittsburgh and the fact he spent just one season with the team, I'm going to focus this article on Deacon White and why he should have been inducted into Cooperstown years ago.
When the Detroit Wolverines tried to sell their aging star player to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in March of 1889, Deacon White told the press "No man is going to sell my carcass unless I get half." White got his wish, getting a $1500 bonus to accept the sale to Pittsburgh. His one season with the team was probably his worst season in the majors, as he was already 41 and for the third season in a row he was the oldest player ...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.