Devon White (baseball)
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White in 2009
Born: December 29, 1962|
|September 2, 1985 for the California Angels|
Last MLB appearance
|October 5, 2001 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||846|
Career highlights and awards
Devon Markes Whyte (formerly and commonly known as Devon White, born December 29, 1962), nicknamed "Devo", is a former Major League Baseball center fielder best known for his defensive ability at that position.
Born as Devon Whyte in Kingston, Jamaica, his family immigrated to the United States when he was nine years old. However, the paperwork had their family name misspelled as "White". His last name was legally changed back to its original spelling in 2003 at the behest of his children, but throughout his baseball playing career, he was known as "Devon White" and continues to sign autographs with that spelling. His daughter, Davellyn Whyte, played basketball at the University of Arizona.
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On September 9, 1989 became one of the few players in history to get on first base then score by stealing second base then stealing third base then stealing home.
Toronto Blue Jays
On December 2,
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White won two World Series and five Gold Gloves with the Toronto Blue Jays. With a .336 batting average in his post-season career with the Blue Jays, compared to a .270 regular season average with Toronto, White consistently upped his game to help Toronto reach playoff success.
In Game 3 of the 1992 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, White was the central part of one of the most famous plays in World Series history. With David Justice batting and runners on first and second base, Justice hit a fly ball which White chased down and caught while jumping into the wall. White then threw the ball to second baseman Roberto Alomar who threw to John Olerud at first to try to double up Terry Pendleton, but Pendleton had already been called out for running past Deion Sanders. Olerud promptly threw the ball to third baseman Kelly Gruber who chased down Sanders, diving and clipping him on the heel with his glove. However the umpire, Bob Davidson, did not see the tag, and called Sanders safe, which cost the Jays the second triple play in World Series history. After the game, Davidson watched the replay and admitted he missed the call. Many people who saw White's famous catch and throw have positively compared it to Willie Mays' famous catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, often claiming that White's effort was more impressive.
Later years: Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks
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- List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
- Bob Elliott. "White or Whyte, he's still Devo". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- "White's catch ranks among all–time best". Star-Banner (AP). 22 October 1992. p. 4C. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Video of White's 1992 World Series catch