William DeKova White – January 28th in African American History

William DeKova WhiteJanuary 28, 1934 William DeKova White, retired professional baseball player, sportscaster, and executive, was born in Lakewood, Florida.

White made his major league debut in 1956 and during his 13 season professional career was a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner.

After retiring as a player in 1969, White had an 18-year career as a sportscaster. From 1989 to 1994, he served as president of the National League, the first African American to hold such a high position in professional sports. Since retiring, White has continued to serve on several committees for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He published his autobiography, “Uppity: My Untold Story About the Games People Play,” in 2011.

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