Lee White

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Lee White played in the minor leagues from 1965 to 1972. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 36th round of the 1965 amateur draft out of high school and began his professional career while attending college in the off-season. His first action came in the Florida Instructional League in the Fall of 1965, and he made his organized baseball debut the next year by appearing with the GCL White Sox and the Deerfield Beach Sun Sox of the Florida State League, with a combined record of 6-6, 2.56 in 31 games, including 6 starts.

On December 14, 1966, he was included in a major league trade, being sent to the St. Louis Cardinals along with C John Romano in return for P Don Dennis and OF Walt Williams. He spent the next four seasons in the Cardinals' system, starting with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the FSL in 1967. He had a very good year, finishing at 11-2, 2.12 in 21 games. In 1968, he moved up to the Modesto Reds of the California League but was just 3-4, 4.24 in 12 games. In 1969, he was 8-7, 3.08 for Modesto, making 19 starts in 20 appearances. He also appeared in three games for the High Point-Thomasville Royals of the Carolina League, likely on a loan to the Kansas City Royals organization. In 1970, he was 6-4, 3.86 in 25 games for Modesto, again as a swingman and also pitched in one game in the AA Texas League for the Arkansas Travelers. He did not pitch at all in 1971, then in 1972 was back in the Texas League, but now with the Amarillo Giants, in the San Francisco Giants organization. By then he was almost exclusively a reliever, making just one start in 44 appearances, and went 6-3, 2.92 with 5 saves. In spite of these good results, it was his last season pitching professionally.

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