28 August, 2016 - NME.com
Jack White took part in a celebrity baseball match at the University of North Alabama on Friday (August 26).
The former White Stripes man led his own Third Man Records squad in a multi-team competition organised every year by local Alabama designer Billy Reid. White played at first base and also showed off his batting skills, Rolling Stone reports, though it is unclear how well his team ultimately fared in the competition.
Check out some pictures of White in action with his Third Man Records team that have been shared on Twitter.
Jack White (White Stripes) was on campus today playing baseball with @Billy_Reid & the #BillyReidShindig. #roarlions pic.twitter.com/pERhOj3Qnv— U. of North Alabama (@north_alabama) August 26, 2016
.@jackwhite playing baseball at the @billy_reid Baseball game at @north_alabama #thirdmanrecords @thirdmanrecords pic.twitter.com/EE8usdBPWK— Will Corey (@willsfc) August 26, 2016
One more of @jackwhite playing baseball at @north_alabama #thirdmanrecords #jackwhite #shoals pic.twitter.com/jKND4pBPzy— Will Corey (@willsfc) August 27, 2016
White's love of the sport is well-known: in 2009, he helped to refurbish Detroit's Clark Park baseball ground, and last year, he got his own baseball card commemorating his 2014 first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game.
Earlier this year, he became a co-investor and co-partner in Warstic, an independent sporting goods company that makes wood and metal baseball and softball bats. "Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much," he said at the time, "but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals."
Meanwhile, he has recently announced a career-spanning new album, 'Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016'. The 26-track compilation features acoustic versions of White's solo album tracks, B-sides and alternate takes of songs by the White Stripes and the Raconteurs.