Jo-Jo White

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Joyner Clifford White

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jo-Jo White played nine seasons in the majors and appeared in two World Series. He was primarily a centerfielder. White was three times in the top ten in the league in stolen bases and twice in the top ten in hit-by-pitch.

Jo-Jo also played 13 seasons in the minors with a batting average of .306. Much of that time was spent with the Seattle Rainiers.

He was a minor league player/manager from 1947 to 1949, continuing to manage through 1957, while also scouting for the Cleveland Indians in 1953 and 1958. He was a coach for the Indians in 1958, 1959 and most of 1960, when he went to the Detroit Tigers, switching jobs with Luke Appling on August 8th in the Jimmie Dykes/Joe Gordon swap. White followed Gordon again, coaching the Kansas City A's in 1961 and 1962. He coached the Milwaukee Braves from 1963 to 1965 and the Atlanta Braves in 1966.

White managed the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs in 1967, scouted for the Kansas City Royals in 1968 and coached the Royals in 1969.

Jo-Jo is the father of Mike White.

Through 2009 he is one of four players remembered with the first name "Jo-Jo", including Jo-Jo Moore, Jo-Jo Morrissey and Jo-Jo Reyes. White's first name was really "Joyner" while the other three all had the first name "Joseph". White and Morrissey broke into the majors three days apart in April of 1932.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 47-62 7th (t) Boston Braves replaced Eddie Taylor (1-1) on June 13
1947 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 91-95 5th none
1948 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 93-95 4th Detroit Tigers Lost League Finals
1949 Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League 56-54 -- none -- replaced by Bill Lawrence (39-39) on July 13
1951 San Antonio Missions Texas League 86-75 4th St. Louis Browns Lost League Finals
1952 San Antonio Missions Texas League 79-82 5th St. Louis Browns
1954 Keokuk Kernels Three-I League 78-58 2nd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1955 Reading Indians Eastern League 84-53 1st Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1956 Mobile Bears Southern Association 82-73 3rd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1957 Reading Indians Eastern League 74-66 3rd Cleveland Indians League Champs
1960 Cleveland Indians American League 1-0 -- Cleveland Indians interim manager between Joe Gordon and Jimmy Dykes on August 3
1967 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League 62-78 6th Chicago Cubs none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Kent Ailsworth: "Jo-Jo White", in Scott Ferkovich, ed.: Detroit the Unconquerable: the 1935 World Champion Tigers, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 152-156. ISBN 978-1-933599-78-6

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