myron white was the dodgers' second round pick in the 1975 draft. he chose to sign with the blue for $60,000 instead of going to ucla where he had a football scholarship lined up. you see, white was a prep football stud from orange county, having rushed for over 4,000 yards in his high school career after replacing garry templeton at tailback. still, white chose his love for baseball and the dodgers over the bruins and a possible nfl career, and reported to the minor leagues.
three years later, the 21-year old was making his major league debut for the dodgers. luckily for white, the 1978 dodgers had a fair amount of older players who didn't run so well. he debuted as a pinch runner for vic davalillo on september 4, 1978, and was forced out at second base. his next 4 appearances were all as a pinch runner (he scored the only run of his career pinch running for manny mota in his third big league game), although he did stay in a couple of games to play the outfield.
even though white's rushing records have since been broken, he can say he has a career major league batting average of .500 and a perfect fielding percentage. that's not too bad.
here's to you, myron white, and your card that should have been!