Friday, March 6, 2015
#387 Devon White
About the Back: It always seemed to me like Devon was golfing in this photo.
1. His surname is actually spelled "Whyte", but he went by "White" during his playing career due to a paperwork error dating back to his family's immigration to the U.S. from Jamaica in the early 1970s. His daughter Davellyn played college basketball at the University of Arizona, leaving as the school's second-highest career points scorer. She now plays for the WNBA's San Antonio Stars.
2. White was a seven-time Gold Glove winner in center field, including a five-year run from 1991 through 1995.
3. Devon has worked in the White Sox organization as a minor league baserunning coordinator.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I used to be annoyed that people called him "Devo", because that nickname was also used locally for Orioles outfielder Mike Devereaux. Your own guy is always better, right?
Bill James Said: "In '93 he was 34 for 38 as a base stealer, the best percentage of any major leaguer with at least 20 tries, and was second in the league in doubles, with 42."
On This Date in 1993: March 6. Douglas Marland, who spent two decades as a top writer for several soap operas (most notably As the World Turns), dies unexpectedly at age 58 following abdominal surgery. That one's for my soaps-loving Mom, who doesn't read this blog anyway.