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Name: Jerome Cardell White
Birth date: 08/23/1952
Birthplace: Shirley, MA
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
School: San Francisco City College
Draft: 1970 14th Round - Expos
Nickname: Jerry Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Position: First Base Coach
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Minnesota Twins First Base Coach, Jerry White, was born on August 23, 1952 in Shirley, Massachusetts.He was a 1970 graduate of George Washington (CA) High School where he played baseball and football and ran track and cross country. His quick speed helped him to be All-City in baseball and track in his senior year. He attended San Francisco City College where he continued to play baseball. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 14th round of the 1970 amateur draft.

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In 1973, Jerry was third in the minors in stolen bases. In 1974, he made his major league debut, September 16 vs. New York. In 1975, he had his first major league home run off Hank Webb vs. New York and was named Expos Player of the Month. Jerry spent most of his career as a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter on the Expos. He saw the most action in 1976, when he hit .245 with career highs of 32 runs and 15 steals.

In 1977, he was third in league in doubles, fourth in hits and runs, fifth in triples, sixth in batting and seventh in stolen bases. In 1978, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Woody Fryman. In 1980, he had his first career pinch-homer off Al Hrabosky at Atlanta. In 1981, he started every game of NLCS going 5-16 (.313) including his moment of glory; a three-run homer off Dodgers Jerry Reuss in game three. Jerry spent 1984 and 1985 in Japan with the Seibu Lions and hit .251 with 37 HR and 113 RBI in 707 at-bats over two seasons.

In 1987, he returned to the United States and was named the Twins' roving minor league outfield/baserunning coach. In 1989, he was named the Twins' outfield/baserunning coach. In 1994, he was named coach for Class A Fort Myers and in 1995, he filled in for injured Ron Gardenhire as the Twins' first base coach. In 1996, he moved to Detroit and was named their first base coach and baserunning instructor. In 1997, his first full year in the position, the Tigers led the American League in steals for the first time since 1934. In 1998, the Twins re-hired him as their first base coach. He has successfully remained in that role for the past 7 years.

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