Winslow "Tuck" White
One of the best athletes of Hampton, NH, in the 1920s was Winslow ("Tuck") White, born April 25, 1909, son of coach Charles Chase White. He played football, hockey, and baseball for Hampton Academy and High School. Weighing 98 pounds, he was the quarterback of the first football team. He attended New Hampton School for boys as a post-graduate and set new athletic records there in 1929-30. He played hockey and baseball at the University of New Hampshire (1930-33). At UNH, Tuck set a record when he recorded 21 strike outs in a single game that he pitched in. He pitched professionally in 1934 for the Elmira Red Wings, minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the New York-Pennsylvania League. On the day he was scouted for the big leagues, Tuck threw his arm out. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy as a seaman and worked in postal services. He left the Navy to return to Hampton as a postal worker. He became a regular pitcher with many of the summer-league teams in the seacoast area. Tuck White passed away May 22, 1966, at the age of 57.
Tuck Bats has been dedicated in his name, by his grandson, founder Terry Tuck White. Terry's father, Charles Grafton White also had a shot at the big leagues. While attending Dartmouth College, Charlie was being scouted by the Boston Braves. When the Braves moved to Milwaukee they offered Charlie a contract to play in their minor league system. Charlie played one year with the McCook Braves in Nebraska and the following year with the Leesburg Braves in Florida. Charlie went on to coach baseball and football at Winnacunnet High School in his home town.
Terry grew up learning baseball from his dad, spending many late nights going over batting tips, different pitches to throw and other interesting baseball stories. Most of this information has been compiled and located under the "Tips & Tricks" section. Terry has coached and played baseball all of his life and still plays today using a "Tuck Bat". Also, his son Grafton White and nephew Casey Cotter play baseball and use "Tuck Bats". Casey, the son of Lori (White) Cotter and Ron Cotter, is a member of the Merrimack College Baseball team and during the summer plays in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League for the Seacoast Mavericks.
Tuck Bats is and always will be a family business. Please feel free to ask any one of us about a Tuck Bat.