Thursday, June 01, 2006

June 1st, 1909

Jo-Jo White Born

My chief proofreader (who, in her spare time, is also my mother) has lately been giving me grief on account of my new-found fondness for the hyphen. See? I used one just then. Love those hyphens; even if I only use them correctly one time in ten. In her honor today, we have Jo-Jo White whose name, and BaseballReference has my back here, really was hyphenated. (And, in case you were wondering, short for "Joyner.")

White--no relation to the Jo-Jo White who played for the Boston Celtics in the 70s--was a mediocre outfielder for the Tigers in the 30s, lasting seven seasons as a back-up and sometime starter. He picked good times to be the starter, however, manning center for the Tigers in their pennant winning 1934 campaign and again for the World Series winners in 1935. White was never much of a hitter, slugging just .328 for his career, although he once hit as high as .312 in a season.

After the 1938 season, the Tigers traded White (along with a handful of others) to the Seattle franchise of the Pacific Coast League in exchange for Fred Hutchinson who would have some good years in Detroit. White toiled in the minor leagues, hyphenated name and all, for several years. He was rewarded in 1943 when, on account of many of the better players off fighting the war, he returned to the Majors for the A's as one of their starting outfielders. He lasted another half season in Philly in 1944 and was then sent to the Reds where he saw limited action, the last of his Major League career. He died in 1986.

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