Former batting champion Tommy Davis has died

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Tommy Davis, a two -time National League hitting champion who won three World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers after a brief stint in Montreal in the minors, has died at the age of 83.

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The Dodgers revealed he died in Phoenix on Sunday night, without giving a reason. Davis’s daughter, Morgana, informed the club of her death.

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Davis was a great college athlete in Brooklyn where he played baseball and basketball in addition to long jumping on the college track team.

He was about to sign with the Yankees in 1956 when a call from Jackie Robinson changed his mind.

Robinson was playing his final season with the Dodgers that year when he called Davis home and persuaded him to sign with the Brooklyn organization.

My mom asked who was calling, Davis recounted in 2019. I pointed to the receiver and said the words: That’s Jackie Robinson!

I can’t believe I’m talking to one of my heroes, even though I don’t quite remember me speaking.

Davis received a $ 4,000 bonus for signing with the Dodgers.

In his development in the major leagues, he briefly passed through Montreal in 1958 when he reached AAA level with the Royals.

That year, Tommy Lasorda was the team’s top pitcher and Sparky Anderson was the regular second baseman. Both men became major league managers and managed more than 1,500 games each.

Aside from his eight years with the Dodgers, Davis played another ten seasons with nine other teams. He retired in 1976.

He won the batting championship in 1962 with an average of .345 and the following year with an average of .326. Davis finished his career averaging .294 in 1999 games. He reached 153 home runs and he had 1,052 RBI.

Source: Radio-Canada

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