SABR Bio Project
Born: Mar 21, 1939
Herman Thomas Davis, Jr. came up with the Dodgers in 1959, and played for 11 teams over the next 17 seasons. He was the NL batting champion in 1962 (.346) and 1963 (.326). He was the RBI champion in 1962 - 153 - when he also led the league in hits - 230.
Davis holds the highest career pinch-hit batting average, .320, for his 63 hits in 197 pinch-hit at-bats.
He had been recruited to the Dodgers by Jackie Robinson, but by the time he joined the club, they had relocated to Los Angeles. A basketball standout in high school, he was a teammate of future NBA star Lenny Wilkens.
Fracturing an ankle in 1965 trying to break up a double play at second, his batting numbers never returned to form.
Davis spent parts of the 1969 and 1970 seasons with Houston, batting .271. He was acquired late in the 1969 campaign from the expansion Seattle Pilots for outfielders Sandy Valdespino and Danny Walton. He was sold to Oakland the following June.
Davis passed away in Phoenix, AZ on April 3rd, 2022 at age 83.