Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Who is the oldest player ever inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame?

With all the players that get posthumous inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, have you ever wondered, "Who is the oldest person ever inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame?" Well I did and the answer is Deacon White.

James Laurie "Deacon" White was born on December 7, 1837. He was a major league catcher and third baseman from 1871 through 1890. He played two seasons with the Cleveland Forest Cities, four with the Boston Red Stockings, one with the Chicago White Stockings, three with the Cincinnati Reds, six with the Buffalo Bisons, three with the Detroit Wolverines and one with the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. He was a 3x MLB RBI Champion and won batting titles in 1875 and 1877. He held a career batting average of .312 and collected over 2,000 hits. At the time of his retirement in 1890, White was among the top five in several offensive categories, included hits (2,066) and RBI (998). He died on July 7, 1939 (25 days after the Baseball Hall of Fame Officially Opened).

In July, 2013, White finally got his dues when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 165 1/2 years after his birth. White also hold the record for the most years since his retirement (123 years), most years since his death (74 years) and most years since 1st year of HOF eligibility (74 years).

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