Charles Ross White

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Charles Ross White
Multi-sports • Avon Grove

Charles Ross White was proclaimed to be the all time best athlete at Avon Grove High School and the Charles R. White Athletic Scholarship was established in his honor. Charlie won 16 letters in soccer, basketball, baseball and track.

Charlie played baseball for Triax Powder Plant in Elkton, MD from 1942-44 when he caught Walter “Big Train” Johnson. The following two years he traveled the US and Canada with the Negro League Washington Pilots.

He was a teammate of Hall of Famer Satchel Paige when he played the 1948-49 seasons with the Chicago American Giants. He ended his baseball career with the Kennett Gray Sox.

He continued playing soccer until he was 42 years old for an all-colored team in Kennett Square which met teams from Oxford, Maryland and Delaware.

He was inducted into the Kennett Oldtimers Hall of Fame in 1976 and was listed in Who’s Who in the Daily Local 100th Anniversary Edition. He was the first black mayor in Chester Co. serving two terms as mayor of West Grove.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp. and was a member of Chatham Masonic Lodge. He was employed by Lincoln University.

Charlie and his wife Dorothy raised and nurtured Avon Grove high school athletes, his sons and daughters won many athletic awards in high school at Avon Grove culminating in the state basketball championship in 1970.

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