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 George Stacy Davis

George Stacy Davis

Birth
Cohoes, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 17 Oct 1940 (aged 70)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 34, Lot 85
Memorial ID 3781 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. He played with the New York Giants and the Chicago White Stockings/Sox. Starting his career as an outfielder with the Cleveland Spiders, he was traded to the Giants in 1893 for future Hall of Famer Buck Ewing. He played as a third baseman for his first four years in New York, then in 1897 he took over shortstop where he played for most of the remainder of his career. He was the Giants' player-manager for part of 1895, and again from mid-1900 through 1901. During his second tour of duty as leader of the Giants, he was Christy Mathewson's first Major League manager, even naming Mathewsons' most famous pitch "the fadeaway". When Davis took batting practice against the rookie pitcher for the first time, Mathewson threw the veteran Davis his "freak ball". After Davis took several hacks at it, he told the rookie to "keep throwing that pitch, it sort of fades away." George Davis batted .300 or better nine times and wound up with a liftime average of .295 and had 2,660 lifetime hits. He was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1998.

Bio by: Frank Russo


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 2 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Stacy Davis (23 Aug 1870–17 Oct 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3781, citing Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .