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25. George Davis

25. George Davis
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 23, 1870 in Cohoes, NY USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 19, 1890
  • Final Game: August 15, 1909
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George Davis's best seasons occurred with the New York Giants, where he had nine consecutive .300 seasons (1893-1901), but with the formation of the American League, he was one of many who looked for a better payday.  He initially found it when he jumped to the Chicago White Sox, where he played the entire 1902 season batting .299 with 93 Runs Batted In.

1903 was a strange one for Davis as he jumped back to the Giants, but as a peace agreement was brokered between the two leagues with the hope of preventing league jumping.  Davis would sit out much of the year but returned to White Sox by the year's end.

The Infielder was not at the same offensive level as he used to be, but from 1904 to 1906, he managed to generate at least 134 Hits per year and would help the White Sox win the 1906 World Series.  Defensively, however, he was better than ever.  He would lead the AL in Defensive bWAR in 1904 and 1905, with a second and third-place finish in the two seasons after.

He played two more years, retiring after the 1909 season.  With Chicago, he had a 15.2 Defensive bWAR with 785 Hits.

Davis would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 when he was selected by the Veteran’s Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Acquired: Jumped from the New York Giants before the 1902 Season.
  • Departed:

    Jumped from the Chicago White Sox before the 1903 Season.

    Acquired (2): Jumped from the Chicago White Sox 7/??/03.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 1909 Season.
  • Games Played: 856
  • Notable Statistics: 393 Runs
    785 Hits
    140 Doubles
    32 Triples
    6 Home Runs
    377 Runs Batted In
    162 Stolen Bases
    .259/.333/.332 Slash Line
    33.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1906)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1905)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1904 & 1905)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1904)
    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1904)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1902, 1904 & 1905)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1905)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1905)

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