Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Growing up with watching the Yankees on T.V., I was very familiar with former all-star first baseman Bill White, being that he was a longtime announcer on channel 11 here in the NYC area for games along with Phil Rizzuto.
As a matter of fact White would end up being a sort of fall-guy for all of Rizzuto's hilarious antics, which made for some really funny moments during the game.
Anyway, I always wanted to create a "Career Capper" for him in the 1970 set, just to have him creep into the 1970's.
So here you go:

White closed out a brilliant, if not shortened 13-year career in 1969, returning to the Cardinals, for whom he played between 1959 and 1965 and put together his best years as a big-league player.
In '69, he appeared in 49 games, hitting .211 with 12 hits over 57 official at-bats.
But when you take a good look at what he did over the eleven seasons that he played full-time, you see an excellent, consistent player who also played his position superbly.
At the plate White put together four 100-RBI seasons, reached 200 hits once (with two other 190+ hit years thrown in), clubbed 20+ homers seven times, topped .300 four times and scored 100+ runs once.
Defensively, all White did was take home seven consecutive Gold Glove Awards between 1960 to 1966, leading his league in fielding twice along the way as well.
Admittedly I didn't know any of this as a young kid watching Yankee games at first.
Wasn't until I was bestowed with my first MacMillan Encyclopedia around 1979 that I was able to soak it all in.
I just remember him as a somewhat reserved guy who'd crack a joke here and there while Rizzuto was running wild at the mouth with all of his anecdotes.


  1. Don't forget the great Frank Messer!

  2. Periodically someone would bring up the statistic that when Thurman Munson had 3 consecutive seasons of .300 average and 100 RBI (1975 thru 1977), he was the first player to do so since Bill White. That was my first understanding that Bill was a great player.

    Great card, and it is nice when you can have a career capper card for a player with his most associated team, Unlike one of Bill's teammates, Steve Carlton, with his final cards with the Giants, Indians, White Sox and a Twins career capper.



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