Robert Logan “Whitey” McDonald was born in Omagh, Ireland on August 11, 1902. As one of twelve children he moved with his family to Hamilton, Canada when he was just one year old.
Whitey began playing soccer through the schoolboy and junior ranks in the Steel City graduating to the senior ranks with one of the city’s best-known teams the Hamilton Thistles. He then played for Thistles in the Spectator Cup finals in 1921 and 1922 and later for Toronto Ulster United. Early in 1924 he was selected to go on tour to Australia for four months with the national team but turned the offer down for business reasons. In October of 1924, after turning down an offer to join English club Stockport County he returned to Bethlehem Steel in the professional American Soccer League. Here he played four seasons, helping the team in the US Open Cup in 1926 and the championship of the American Soccer League in 1927.
When Glasgow Rangers toured North America in 1928 they spotted Whitey, and that fall he was on his way to Ibrox Park. From 1928-1939 McDonald won four Scottish League championship medals and four Scottish F.A. Cup medals with Rangers. He also played for his native Northern Ireland against Scotland in 1930 and England in 1932. He toured Canada and the United States with Rangers in 1930, and captained his new team in the game against the Hamilton all-stars, who in turned were captained by his brother “Red”. He toured Canada and the US a second time in 1935, with a Scottish F.A. team.
Later in life he became a physiotherapist. At the time of his death he was preparing to start the next season at Ibrox as head trainer. Whitey McDonald was enshrined in the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as an inaugural inductee in 2000.
Whitey McDonald died in Millport, Scotland, June 7, 1956.