Sports / The Prairie Fire / May 28, 2014

White says farewell to his Knox career

When it comes to baseball, my college career did not end the way I wanted it to. I missed 22 games this season due to injury and I was unable to play a role in any conference games that mattered toward qualifying for the conference tournament.

There, that’s all the negativity that I am willing to put in my final piece for TKS.

Senior Jackson White playing for the Prairie Fire Baseball team. (Courtesy of Office of Communications)

Senior Jackson White playing for the Prairie Fire Baseball team. (Courtesy of Office of Communications)

The fact of the matter remains that I avoided significant surgical procedures and finished with a career that I am in no way shape or form disappointed by. For the long list of accomplishments Knox baseball achieved in my four seasons here, I will direct you to previous editions of TKS as well as the Knox athletic website. For me the satisfaction comes from things that go beyond the numbers.

I came to Knox for two reasons: I was given an opportunity to play the sport that I love for four more years, and I got enough scholarship money that my parents were willing to sign off on sending me here. A Knox education is certainly worthwhile — I absolutely value everything the institution stands for academically — but without baseball I’m not here and it’s that simple.

As a result I am extremely honored to have had so much fun playing with the guys that I called teammates over the years. Sarcastically using Boston accents when playing against New England teams in Florida, “putting it on ‘em” (trying to destroy the opposing team) when up by a wide margin early in the game, “feeding the kids” (the act of pretending to toss food over your shoulder) after every double, these are all the really dumb yet completely necessary kinds of things that make playing on a baseball team so great.

In regards to the other elephant in the room, my role here at TKS, I had an equally incredible experience covering Knox athletics. Watching sporting events and talking about them publicly is something I would have already been doing, and I got paid for it. I can’t ask for anything more than that.

I wish good luck to all Knox athletes moving forward, as well as to the sports staff that will cover these individuals. It’s a little bittersweet, but I have no problem being a fan again.

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Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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