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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00
Betty Jackson, center, pulled a rope to unveil honorary "James Deacon White Way" at Calumet Avenue at Marseillaise Place in Aurora Sunday. Jackson is the granddaughter of White (1847-1939), a late Auroran and star 1870s baseball catcher and pitcher who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July. News Bulletin photo.
Aurora's 'Hall of Famer' is saluted with honorary street
The late James "Deacon" White earned baseball immortality this summer with induction in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Now there's also a street named in his honor.
The City of Aurora unveiled James "Deacon" White Way last Sunday, giving a portion of Calumet Ave. near the Aurora University campus the honorary designation.
Betty Jackson, granddaughter of White and his oldest living relative, tugged on a rope to unveil the new honorary sign at the intersection of Calumet Ave. and Marseillaise Place near the Aurora University campus.
The event included speeches by family members followed by a vintage baseball game played under 1871 rules at West Aurora High School.
Also at the ceremony were a group of Aurora University baseball players who brought along a life-sized cutout of White in a Detroit uniform.
White played professional baseball from 1871-90 and played on several different teams, including the Chicago White Stockings (which eventually became the Chicago Cubs).
After retirement he relocated to Aurora and lived in a house on Calumet Ave until his death in 1939.
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Aurora University baseball players surrounded a cardboard cutout of White. News Bulletin photo.
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