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Bill White
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2003 Individual Award Winner


Quite possibly Bill White is the only player to be a starter on all four (the only four) consecutive 20 win baseball seasons in Centralia High School history, 1961 (20-2), 1962 (20-7 - Elite Eight), 1963 (22-6), 1964 (20-2).

He led the 1964 team with a .410 batting average, 26 runs, 32 hits, and 6 doubles. When he graduated, he held CHS career baseball records in five categories - hits 91, runs 85, doubles 17, triples 8, and RBIs 64. From the best that can be determined, he still holds the records in runs, and triples and still has the season record of 6 triples. He played two years of baseball at Centralia Junior College.

White was named First Team All-Southern Illinois at second base by the Evansville Courier.  

While best known for his baseball, he was also an excellent football and basketball player. He played on two undefeated B squad football teams before moving to the varsity. His junior season, the Orphans were South Seven Conference champions with an overall record of 5-5. 

He received accolades for his play at end during the Mt. Vernon game which Centralia won 20-6. His senior season he never came off the field as he played on offense, defense, kicking team, and was extra point holder. 

After the opening game with Salem, Coach Evers said White gave the best performance at end he had seen in his coaching career. The team finished 6-4 on the year.

When a mowing accident took several of his toes near the end of his Sophomore year, many thought his sports career was over. But he overcame the injury to become one of the best all-around athletes to come out of CHS.



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