The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame is a joint property of Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and Wisconsin Center District. The trainer taped his fingers together and Willie ran back in the game. Today, I want to tell you the story of four baseball players who retired in 1979 and became eligible for the 1985 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. “We all knew football wasn’t going to last forever,” Davis wrote in his book. or Over 18 years in the majors, Willie Davis collected 2561 hits, 395 doubles, 138 triples, 182 homers and 398 stolen bases. ( Log Out / He was also on several corporate boards, including MGM, L.A. Gear, Dow Chemical, Sara Lee, Johnson Controls, Manpower, K-Mart, Schlitz Brewing and charities. The Hall of Stats was built by “It is with great sadness the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Willie Davis,” the Hall’s statement read. The Dodgers can probably afford one clunker from Kershaw this October, but it can’t be tonight. I was sort of scared to approach him, but when I did, he was very kind. Agree w the consensus here that he was in a bad era for hitting, park as well was tough. I’m not saying that he failed to receive a vote—I’m saying he was not even able to receive a vote because he wasn’t included on the ballot.
Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. A man of character and one of the great ones, who, like many former Packers who played for Vince Lombardi, excelled and prospered in life long after leaving the NFL. Green Bay acquired Davis in a July 1960 trade that sent wide receiver A.D. Williams to Cleveland. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.
His highwater mark for hitting came in 1969 when he notched a .311 batting average. His batting average plummeted in 1965, but one must remember that this was a pitcher’s era and .290 hitters were quite rare. Davis one of Bill James' better player comps from the 80's Hist Abstracts, Kikii Cuyler=Davis.
And he's a franchise top 10 member -- that's New York and L.A. -- in 22 categories.
Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. Good Job, Howard! Game 2 with Clayton Kershaw versus Ian Anderson tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. He remained with the Packers until finishing his NFL career in 1969 as a five-time All-Pro. In 1964, Willie pilfered 42 bases (a higher total than four NL teams) while hitting a nifty .294. Davis was not only a great player but also a heck of a business man. He was a good hitter, better than his stats from his era indicate, but he didn't supplement it by getting on base with walks. They are awesome. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”, In an NFL Films tribute to Davis, former Packers center Bill Curry called him “the finest combination of leader and player that I ever saw.” In that same tribute, former Packers offensive lineman and Hall of Fame member Forrest Gregg said that “I can’t ever remember a football game that he played in where I didn’t think Willie Davis played absolutely the best he could possibly play that day.’’. RIP. We are indeed diminished. Blake Treinen the winner (0-1), Will Smith the loser (1-1). The Packers confirmed Davis' death to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, as did his former teammate and fellow hall … You must be logged in to leave a comment. Position: Centerfielder Bats: Left • Throws: Left 6-2, 180lb (188cm, 81kg) Born: April 15, 1940 in Mineral Springs, AR us. Adam Darowski, Howard, to see Willie D. accelerate (in what seemed like an oddly loping—but burning—style around the bags was a thing of beauty. I always thought Maury Wills and Jeff Kent were snubbed, perhaps due to off the field reasons.
You'll need to set up an "account" if you're a newcomer to the comments section. Willie joined the Dodgers in 1960 when they had a center field carousel of young Tommy Davis, aging Duke Snider and Don Demeter. Because the 3-Dog's name never appeared on a Cooperstown ballot, a snub which I find almost impossible to fathom. rt if you’re still irrationally angry that Javier Vazquez was left off last year’s Hall of Fame ballot even though you don’t think he’s a HOFer. He ranks 42nd all time in power/speed number, 67th all time in triples, 77th all time in hits, 67th all time in stolen bases, 35th all time in sacrifice flies, and 53rd all time in at-bats. This Vikings fan is sorry his passing. Since he has received some support in the Progessive Hall of Fame project, I thought I'd bump this. Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis dies at 85 after helping Green Bay win two Super Bowls and five NFL titles. (More Thanks).
Thanks for the memories, and RIP. The case of Willie Davis may be the most egregious of all. Atlanta leads the series the series, three games to two. From that moment, Davis began a nomadic journey through the regions of baseball. However, in my 25 years at the HOF, this is the first time I have been queried about his situation.”. A gregarious man, a man of great character and a very worthy Champion.
Not enough for me to endorse him, but he was a very good player.
To be clear, it's not that I think that Davis would've or should've been elected if given the chance. Atlanta leads the series three games to one. 4. Will Smith the winner (0-1), Blake Treinen the loser (0-1). “There were few players in the league who were as tough as Willie,” Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr said in the foreword to Davis’ book, “Closing The Gap: Lombardi, the Packers Dynasty and the Pursuit of Excellence. L.A. home runs by Corey Seager 2 (4) and Will Smith (1). A great pass rusher, especially in the postseason …. Twitter He instead stuck it out and developed into one of the top defensive linemen of his era.
I wanted to make sure I didn’t fall into that category.”. Michael Berkowitz. Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. Willie also used his wheels to score 102 runs but unlike other speedsters, Willie could flex his muscles as well, evidenced by his 21 long balls. Best reason I can think of as to why this happened? They can't go down three games to one following last night's triumph. Also, Davis was the lone .300 hitting center fielder in the senior circuit. Davis force a Johnny Unitas fumble to help seal the Packers’ 1966 Western Conference championship, and he tormented Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson and Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica in the first two Super Bowls. He got an MBA at Chicago Booth and the beer companies immediately solicited him not as a pitchman, but as an owner of distributorships.
So after a recent and random search of Davis to gaze upon his accomplishments, during which I noticed the snub, I contacted new National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President, Tim Mead, who I knew from his long tenure as communications director for the Angels, to inquire. [Davis] does remain eligible for consideration by the appropriate Veterans Committee Era, but I find no record of his inclusion on any ballot. Longtime Packers defensive end Willie Davis has died at age 85. Although tackles and sacks weren’t measured at the time Davis played, his 22 career fumble recoveries showcased his dominance and big-play ability. Willie finished out the season with St. Louis but was dealt to the Padres in the off season. The star defensive end spent 10 seasons with the Packers and two seasons with the Cleveland Browns… I want to thank the sports writers and the members of the Hall of Fame committee.
He was twice an All-Star and a three time Gold Glove winner. He had a lot of style in general, besides the solid stats. He gripped a piece of fruit in each big hand. Here they are with this year's vote percentages: Schilling, 70.0 percent Clemens, 61.0 Bonds, 60.7 Omar Vizquel, 52.6 Scott Rolen, 35.3 Billy Wagner, 31.7 Gary Sheffield, 30.5 Todd Helton, 29.2 Manny Ramirez, 28.2 Jeff Kent, 27.5 Andruw Jones, 19.4 … Fastest guy I’ve ever seen going 1st to 3rd. The Official Site of Willie Davis Willie Davis was a cornerstone NFL player and will be missed very much. I also want to thank all the coaches that touched my life, my high school coach, Nathan Jones, my college coach you just heard from, and, of course, my 2 professional coaches Paul Brown and Vince Lombardi. Davis instead had a successful business career and served on the boards of directors for several companies, including Dow Chemical Co., Sara Lee Corp., Schlitz Brewing and Mattel Toys. Comprehensive Reform for the Veterans Committee, 1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011, Indeed the first step toward finding out is to acknowledge you do not satisfactorily know already; so that no blight can so surely arrest all intellectual growth as the blight of cocksureness.--CS Peirce, The Top 100 Position Players In MLB History, If this is your first visit, be sure to
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