James "Deacon" White

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James White was a teenager living in his hometown of Caton, New York when he first learned to play baseball from a group of Civil War veterans. By all accounts, White was a natural athlete and ball player. By the 1870s there were enough professional teams in the country to start a league. On May 4, 1871 James “Deacon” White made history when he had the hit during the first at-bat, in the first major league all-professional baseball game.

‘Uniquely New York’ NYSCALogo_Shane_Lis made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Steuben County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Steuben County Historical Society
Library of Congress
Wikimedia Commons

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