Gallivan: Buffalo Optical founder Will White first made a ‘spectacle’ of himself in baseball

From Peter Gallivan at WGRZ on April 2, 2019:

At the ripe old age 126, Buffalo Optical is one of the Queen City’s oldest businesses, but before it opened its doors, its founder had already made his mark on the baseball diamond. 

In 1889, Will White came to Buffalo at the urging of his brother Deacon, to pitch for the Bisons. Deacon White was a hall-of-fame player, and Will had distinguished himself by being the first player to ever wear glasses on the field. Deacon had purchased the Bisons with another Major League player, but contractual issues with another team prevented them from playing or managing the club. That is when Will White entered the picture. 

Buffalo was the final stop in Will’s 14 year professional career. He liked the Queen City so much, he returned after going to school to become an optician. That is when he opened the doors on Buffalo Optical.

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Originally published: April 2, 2019. Last Updated: April 2, 2019.