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Willie Davis

Baseball Player Willie Davis

Full Name: William Henry Davis
Profession: Baseball Player

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Davis played Major League Baseball for most of his career as a center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

During this time, he won a variety of awards (including Gold Gloves from 1971–1973) and established himself in major league history (seventh in putouts and total chances in the outfield, third in games in center field).

Most notably, he achieved a 31-game hitting streak in 1969—the longest by a Dodger, beating Zack Wheat’s previous record of 29.

Born: April 15, 1940
Birthplace: Mineral Springs, Arkansas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Died: March 9, 2010 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events

  • 1973-06-19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

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