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Tommy Davis

Posted 03-09-2017 at 10:56 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-01-2017 at 07:56 PM by TommyJohn

Tommy Davis

Tommy Davis was one of the star outfielders of the National league in the 1960s. He broke in with one AB for the 1959 Dodgers, then stuck with them the next year, becoming one of the main cogs in their contending teams.

In 1962, Davis led the NL with 153 RBI and won the batting title with an average of .346. The next year he won the NL batting title again with an average of .326. In 1965 he suffered a badly broken ankle sliding in to a base.

He rebounded in 1966 to bat .313, although he had a bit of trouble regaining his stroke. In 1967 he moved to the Mets, where he hit .302. He had seemingly recovered from the affects of the bad ankle fracture; so much so that Sox GM Ed Short decided to trade outfielder Tommie Agee (whom the Sox had decided was already on the downside) to get him. The Sox needed hitting, and Tommy D. could still deliver. So naturally when he arrived on the south side Davis fell apart.

Suddenly one of the best hitters in the NL could barely hit his weight. His slump was so bad that his average at the All-Star break was .194. He got hot after the break, hitting up a storm (when it no longer mattered) to raise his average to .268 at the end of the season.

By that time Sox officials had seen enough. Davis was left on the unprotected list for the expansion draft and was taken by the Seattle Pilots. He would later achieve fame as a bit player in Jim Bouton's book "Ball Four."

Tommy Davis's White Sox home runs:

Date Opponent Pitcher Place
04/14/68 Tigers Mickey Lolich Detroit
04/26/68 Twins Dave Boswell Minn.
04/30/68 Senators Dennis Higgins Chicago
06/16/68 Tigers Mickey Lolich Chicago
08/03/68 Senators Phil Ortega Chicago
08/04/68 Senators Dick Bosman Chicago
08/22/68 Tigers Mickey Lolich Detroit
09/10/68 Yankees Al Downing N.Y.
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