The "white hope" was grinning and confident, and so he returned to the center of the ring for the second round.
He went by the most direct route to the home of one Achilles Whitney, a gentleman constructed on the lines of a white hope.
The reverend gentleman was the white hope of the anti-suffragists.
The following morning the sporting sheets hailed "Sailor" Byrne as the greatest "white hope" of them all.
First among them came a bugler, the officers, then next a trooper, leading the white hope—the precious Red Rover.
He was polite and very gentle, but Sagorski, the white hope, knew what he was when aroused.
c.1912, originally in sporting use in reference to the quest for a white man capable of beating champion pugilist Jack Johnson.