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William D. White '57

William D. White, who attended Hiram College from 1953-55 before leaving to begin a 16-year major-league baseball career, was born in Lakewood, Florida but grew up in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in January of 1952 as class salutatorian and class president.

At Hiram, he lettered in basketball, football, and baseball as he had also done in high school. He was an active member of the Hiram community, a role he has continued to play over the years serving on Hiram's Board of Trustees and as a member of the Garfield Society.

Following Hiram, Bill played professional baseball with the New York Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, participating in six All Star Games and winning seven Gold Gloves. He was a member of the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinal Team. Bill White retired after hitting 870 RBI's, 202 home runs, stole 103 bases and having a .286 lifetime batting average.

From 1960-1965, Bill worked for KMOX Radio in St. Louis before joining Channel 6 in Philadelphia from 1965-1971, during which time he served as sports director from 1970-1971. In 1971, he joined the New York Yankees broadcasting crew and went to broadcast the World Series for CBS Radio and ABC TV. As “the voice of the New York Yankees,” he often commented on the importance of education and frequently mentioned Hiram College. In 1989, he was elected President of the National League of Baseball, a position he held until he retirement in 1994.

Former Chairmen of the Bucks County, Pennsylvanian Cancer Society's Annual Fund Drive, and former board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Philadelphia and a former member of Centel Corporations before its merger with Sprint, Bill is currently a member of the Board of Paine Webber's Mitchell Hutchins Pace Funds and of Philadelphia Jefferson Bank.

He holds honorary degrees for Davis and Elkins, Northeastern, Iona and Trinity College.  Read this article written about William White taking the position of President of the national league.

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