Spud Davis

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Virgil Lawrence Davis

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Spud Davis played 16 seasons in the National League from 1928 to 1945, hitting .308 over his career. He was second in the 1933 NL batting championship, behind Chuck Klein. He was part of the Gas House Gang with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1934-1936, and went 2 for 2 in the 1934 World Series.

The most similar players to Davis, according to the similarity scores method, are Smoky Burgess and Don Slaught.

Davis also managed the 1946 Pittsburgh Pirates for three games. He was a coach with the Pirates from 1941 to 1946 , then scouted for the team from 1947 to 1949. He then became a coach for the Chicago Cubs from 1950 to 1953.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Preceded by
Frankie Frisch
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Herman

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1946 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 1-2 7th Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Frankie Frisch (62-89) on September 28

Further Reading[edit]

  • Andy Sturgill: "Spud Davis", in Charles F. Faber, ed.: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 74-77. ISBN 978-1-933599-731

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