Former Dodgers outfielder Tommy Davis passes away at 83
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Tommy Davis has passed away at the age of 83.
The Dodgers announced the news on Monday after receiving the information from Davis’ daughter, Morgana.
Davis played in Major League Baseball from 1959 to 1976 for 10 different franchises, however, he gained his stardom when he played for the Dodgers where he was a two-time National League batting champion.
Davis also played in the 1963 World Series where the Dodgers swept the defending champion New York Yankees in four games. He also helped bring home World Series titles in 1959 and 1965.
Another remarkable story is that Davis was about to sign with the Yankees in 1956, but he decided to change his destination to Los Angeles after receiving a call from Jackie Robinson.
“My mother wondered who was calling,” Davis said in 2019. “I pointed to the receiver and mouthed the words, ‘It’s Jackie Robinson!’ I couldn’t believe I was speaking to one of my heroes, although I don’t remember doing much talking.”
Davis had a career .294 average in 1,999 games, alongside 153 homers and 1,052 RBI.
The Dodgers reportedly plan to hold a moment of silence for Davis when they face the Los Angeles Angels at their exhibition game on Monday night.
Tommy Davis (outfielder)
Herman Thomas Davis Jr. was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a left fielder and third baseman from 1959 to 1976 for ten different teams,wikipedia
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