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Who is Mike White?
Joyner Michael White is an American former professional baseball player. Primarily an outfielder, White appeared in Major League Baseball for all or parts of three seasons for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros. He is the son of the late Jo-Jo White, a former MLB outfielder and coach. Mike White threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 160 pounds.
White attended American River Junior College, Sacramento, California, and signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1958; his father was a Cleveland scout that season. But White suffered a serious knee injury in a 1958 intrasquad game and his career was nearly ended before it began. Despite constant therapy, he ran with a pronounced limp. White was able to play 126 minor league games in 1959 and 127 more in 1960. During the latter season, he batted .304 with 132 hits for the Reading Indians of the Class A Eastern League. But the Indians released him on December 8, 1960.
However, baseball was in the process of adding four new expansion teams during the 1961 and 1962 seasons. White kept his career going by signing with the Los Angeles Angels' minor league organization for 1961.
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