Bud Davis

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John Wilbur Davis

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 207 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Country Bud Davis was born in eastern Virginia near the Chesapeake Bay. He made it to the majors as a 19 year old pitcher with the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics. He appeared in 18 games, mostly pitching in relief, and finished 15 of them. While he gave up less than one hit per inning, he also gave up almost one walk per inning. As a hitter, he hit .308 and slugged .462 during a year that was part of the dead-ball era.

Davis later played more than two decades in the minors. From 1916 to 1922 (save for 1919, in which he did not play), Davis was used as a batter and a pitcher, posting a record of 20-13 with a 1.93 ERA in 37 games with the Augusta Georgians in 1921. As well, at the plate that year, he hit .340 in 98 games.

Following the 1922 season, Davis switched to playing first base (or outfield) full time. He would go on to hit 253 home runs in his minor league career, blasting as many as 51 in a season (in 1924 for the Okmulgee Drillers - that year, he had 280 total hits in 717 at-bats, playing in a total of 180 games between two different teams). In various years he hit as high as .391 (1924), .376 (1927), .354 (1935), .352 (1934) and .351 (1923).

He won the Western Association Triple Crown in 1924, when he hit .400 with 51 home runs and 190 RBIs. Overall, as a minor leaguer, Davis hit .331 with 253 home runs, 2,720 hits, 477 doubles and 131 triples in a 19-year career. He played in 2,244 games. As a pitcher, he went 47-49 with in 122 games over a span of six seasons.

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