Given: Seven memories of Grandpa: tales of a 19th-century baseball pioneer

From Karen Given at WBUR on September 16, 2017, with mention of SABR member Peter Morris:

“Well, I’ve got — what I’ve got here to read is all the things I remember of Grandpa — and there’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven … ” Betty Jackson begins.

Betty’s memory isn’t so good these days. She’s 96 — she’ll turn 97 in December. But she still has seven memories of her grandfather, James “Deacon” White. White was a catcher and a baseball pioneer. Back in 1871 — five decades before Betty was born — White got the first hit in professional baseball.

“He was a great grandfather. I loved him very much,” Betty says. “And as far as I know, I’m the only one alive who remembers him.”

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Originally published: September 19, 2017. Last Updated: September 19, 2017.